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Seward, Nebraska
Downtown Seward: west side of courthouse square
Downtown Seward: west side of courthouse square
Location of Seward within Seward County and Nebraska
Location of Seward within Seward County and Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°54′40″N 97°5′49″W / 40.91111°N 97.09694°W / 40.91111; -97.09694Coordinates: 40°54′40″N 97°5′49″W / 40.91111°N 97.09694°W / 40.91111; -97.09694
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Seward
Area
 • Total 4.49 sq mi (11.63 km2)
 • Land 4.46 sq mi (11.54 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
1,493 ft (455 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,964
 • Estimate 
(2019)
7,216
 • Density 1,619.39/sq mi (625.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68434
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-44420
GNIS feature ID 0833348
Website cityofsewardne.com

Seward is a city and county seat of Seward County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,964 at the 2010 census. Seward is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is known for its large Fourth of July celebration.

History

Seward was platted in 1868. It was named from Seward County. The railroad was built through Seward in 1873.

Geography

Seward is located at 40°54′40″N 97°5′49″W / 40.91111°N 97.09694°W / 40.91111; -97.09694 (40.911216, -97.096972). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.31 square miles (11.16 km2), of which, 4.27 square miles (11.06 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,525
1890 2,108 38.2%
1900 1,970 −6.5%
1910 2,106 6.9%
1920 2,368 12.4%
1930 2,737 15.6%
1940 2,826 3.3%
1950 3,154 11.6%
1960 4,208 33.4%
1970 5,294 25.8%
1980 5,713 7.9%
1990 5,634 −1.4%
2000 6,319 12.2%
2010 6,964 10.2%
2019 (est.) 7,216 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 6,964 people, 2,521 households, and 1,653 families living in the city. The population density was 1,630.9 inhabitants per square mile (629.7/km2). There were 2,796 housing units at an average density of 654.8 per square mile (252.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.9%.

Of the 2,521 households 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.2% of households were one person and 15.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age was 32.4 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 18.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 15.1% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Fourth of July City

Seward has celebrated the United States' July 4 Independence Day almost every year since 1868. In the past, before the automobile came into general use, special trains were run to bring people to the event. In 1973, Governor J. James Exon issued a proclamation designating Seward "Nebraska's Official 4th of July City"; in 1976, the city was chosen to host Nebraska's July 4 celebration for the United States Bicentennial; in 1979, a resolution in the U.S. Congress named Seward "America's Official Fourth of July City—Small Town USA". Recent attendance has been estimated at about 40,000.

Education

Seward Public Schools is the only public district in the city. It operates Seward Elementary School, Seward Middle School, and Seward High School. In addition, St. John Lutheran Elementary and Junior High School provide a LCMS Lutheran education and St. Vincent de Paul provides a Roman Catholic education.

Concordia University is located in Seward.

Notable people

  • Qveen Herby, rapper, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur, formerly of Karmin
  • Seth Christian, filmmaker
  • Theodore C. Diers, Wyoming state representative and senator
  • John Folda, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo
  • Joel D. Heck, Lutheran theologian
  • Sam Koch, professional football player
  • Mark Kolterman, Nebraska state legislator
  • Reinhold Marxhausen, artist
  • Quentin Neujahr, professional football player
  • Thad Weber, baseball player
  • Kurt Holliday, Famous Runner and Coach
  • Andrea von Kampen, musician
  • Francis Vreeland, painter
  • Bub Weller, professional football player
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