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Superior, Nebraska
The Kendall House in Superior, built in 1898, is generally open for tours during Superior's Victorian Festival
The Kendall House in Superior, built in 1898, is generally open for tours during Superior's Victorian Festival
Location of Superior, Nebraska
Location of Superior, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Nuckolls
Incorporated 1879
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area
 • Total 1.89 sq mi (4.88 km2)
 • Land 1.89 sq mi (4.88 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,598 ft (487 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,957
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,807
 • Density 958.11/sq mi (369.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68978
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-47815
GNIS feature ID 0833952

Superior is a city in Nuckolls County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,957.

Superior bills itself as the "Victorian Capital of Nebraska", and holds an annual Victorian Festival. The downtown area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places; along with many of the older houses in the city, it has been maintained or restored to its Victorian appearance.

History

19th century

Superior was platted in 1875. It was named from the quality of their land.

In 1887, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a branch line from Neva (3 miles west of Strong City) to Superior. At some point, the line from Neva to Lost Springs was pulled but the right of way has not been abandoned. This branch line was originally called "Strong City and Superior line" but later the name was shortened to the "Strong City line". In 1996, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the current BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".

20th century

Superior was one of the smallest cities in America that supported a professional minor league baseball team, the Superior Senators (1956–58) of the Nebraska State League. Superior was the first professional stop in the career of pitcher Jim Kaat, who went on to win 283 games in a 24-year Major League career.

Geography

Superior is located at 40°1′21″N 98°4′1″W / 40.02250°N 98.06694°W / 40.02250; -98.06694 (40.022415, -98.067010). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.89 square miles (4.90 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 458
1890 1,614 252.4%
1900 1,577 −2.3%
1910 2,106 33.5%
1920 2,719 29.1%
1930 3,044 12.0%
1940 2,650 −12.9%
1950 3,227 21.8%
1960 2,935 −9.0%
1970 2,779 −5.3%
1980 2,502 −10.0%
1990 2,397 −4.2%
2000 2,055 −14.3%
2010 1,957 −4.8%
2019 (est.) 1,807 −7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,957 people, 948 households, and 527 families living in the city. The population density was 1,037.6 people per square mile (400.6/km2). There were 1,109 housing units at an average density of 588 per square mile (227/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2% of the population.

Of the 948 households 20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 21.3% of households were one person living alone and 43.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2 and the average family size was 2.66.

The age distribution was 19.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 17.3% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 31.4% 65 or older. The median age was 51.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 92 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72 males.

Notable people

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