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Schuyler, Nebraska
Location of Schuyler, Nebraska
Location of Schuyler, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Colfax
 • Total 2.81 sq mi (7.27 km2)
 • Land 2.72 sq mi (7.05 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
1,352 ft (412 m)
 • Total 6,211
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,314.73/sq mi (893.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-44035
GNIS feature ID 0833306

Schuyler is a city in Colfax County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,211 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Colfax County. The city (as well as the county) is named after former Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax.


Schuyler is located at 41°26′56″N 97°3′37″W / 41.44889°N 97.06028°W / 41.44889; -97.06028 (41.448916, −97.060195).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.67 square miles (6.92 km2), of which, 2.58 square miles (6.68 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,017
1890 2,160 112.4%
1900 2,157 −0.1%
1910 2,152 −0.2%
1920 2,636 22.5%
1930 2,588 −1.8%
1940 2,808 8.5%
1950 2,883 2.7%
1960 3,096 7.4%
1970 3,597 16.2%
1980 4,151 15.4%
1990 4,052 −2.4%
2000 5,371 32.6%
2010 6,211 15.6%
2019 (est.) 6,303 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,211 people, 1,828 households, and 1,356 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,407.4 inhabitants per square mile (929.5/km2). There were 1,972 housing units at an average density of 764.3 per square mile (295.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 56.7% White, 1.3% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 37.0% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 65.4% of the population.

There were 1,828 households, of which 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.8% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.37 and the average family size was 3.81.

The median age in the city was 28.5 years. 33.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 18.3% were from 45 to 64; and 9.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.3% male and 48.7% female.


In 1866, the Union Pacific Railroad reached present-day Schuyler, at the time known as Shell Creek Station. Three years later, the Nebraska State Legislature divided large Platte County into three smaller counties, including Colfax County. In 1870, Shell Creek Station was renamed Schuyler.

In 1870, the Union Pacific chose the town as the point at which Texas cattle being driven north would be loaded onto trains. With this, Schuyler became Nebraska's first "cow town". However, the resulting boom, which saw a six-fold increase in the town's population (from 100 to 600) and around 50,000 head of cattle pass through, was only temporary: the next year, the terminus of the cattle trail had moved west to Kearney.

The city's early residents were Czech, Irish, and German settlers. Settlement was enabled by Schuyler's geographic position, which caused the community to be associated with a number of historic overland transportation routes, including:

With the establishment of Cargill Meat Solutions packaging plant, the demographics of Schuyler have undergone rapid and lasting change. It is at present one of Nebraska's most Latino communities.


Christ the King Priory, Schuyler, NE
Christ the King Priory
Saint Benedict Center, Schuyler, NE, USA
Saint Benedict Center

In 1935, monks from the Congregation of Missionary Benedictines of Saint Ottilien established a community in Schuyler as a means of supporting the Congregation's missions in Africa and Asia. At present, Christ the King Priory is home to eleven monks. The monks' apostolate has expanded to providing retreats at the recently constructed Saint Benedict Center, four miles north of Schuyler.

Schuyler Oak Ballroom interior 4
The Oak Ballroom's ceiling beams

The Oak Ballroom, completed by the Works Progress Administration in 1937 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built using dozens of native oak trees hauled to the building site from the nearby Platte River using horse and buggies.


Schuyler's single largest employer is the Cargill beef processing plant, with approximately 2,000 employees. The plant opened in 1968 as a Spencer Packing Co. facility. Other major employers include Schuyler Community Schools, with 245 employees; Alegent Health Memorial Hospital, with 82 full-time and 31 part-time employees; and QC Supply, a manufacturer and distributor of farm and ranch supplies with 75 full-time employees.

Notable people

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