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Sargent, Nebraska
Downtown Sargent
Downtown Sargent
Location of Sargent, Nebraska
Location of Sargent, Nebraska
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Coordinates: 41°38′27″N 99°22′18″W / 41.64083°N 99.37167°W / 41.64083; -99.37167Coordinates: 41°38′27″N 99°22′18″W / 41.64083°N 99.37167°W / 41.64083; -99.37167
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Custer
Township Sargent
 • Total 1.09 sq mi (2.81 km2)
 • Land 1.09 sq mi (2.81 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,316 ft (706 m)
 • Total 525
 • Estimate 
 • Density 465.93/sq mi (179.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-43685
GNIS feature ID 0833223

Sargent is a city in Custer County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 525 at the 2010 census.


Sargent was laid out in 1883 by future Governor Ezra P. Savage.

Mrs. Ruth Sherman established a post office in 1879. The office was located in a soddy one half mile east of the now corporate limits of town. She chose the name "Sargent" in honor of her close friends, Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Sargent of Streator, IL.

J.K. Spacht built the first store in what is now Sargent, in July 1883, in the middle of a wheat field. After establishment of this general store, Mr. Spacht was able to persuade Mrs. Sherman to let him move her post office to his store if the name would remain "Sargent".

The town experienced rapid growth when the railroad extended to it in 1899.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.07 square miles (2.77 km2), all land.

Sargent is located on U.S. Route 183 (Ord Street) and is close to the geographic center of Nebraska. It lies next to the Middle Loup River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 250
1910 651 160.4%
1920 1,078 65.6%
1930 834 −22.6%
1940 847 1.6%
1950 818 −3.4%
1960 876 7.1%
1970 789 −9.9%
1980 828 4.9%
1990 710 −14.3%
2000 649 −8.6%
2010 525 −19.1%
2019 (est.) 506 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate
Sargent, Nebraska (1901)
Custer County Bank in Sargent, 1901

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 525 people, 245 households, and 148 families living in the city. The population density was 490.7 inhabitants per square mile (189.5/km2). There were 318 housing units at an average density of 297.2 per square mile (114.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.0% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 245 households, of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the city was 47.6 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 25% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.

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