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Tecumseh, Nebraska
Tecumseh City Hall
Tecumseh City Hall
Location within Johnson County (left) and Nebraska (right)
Location within Johnson County (left) and Nebraska (right)
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Johnson
 • Total 1.51 sq mi (3.91 km2)
 • Land 1.51 sq mi (3.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,135 ft (346 m)
 • Total 1,677
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,049.64/sq mi (405.27/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-48480
GNIS feature ID 0834057

Tecumseh is a city in and the county seat of Johnson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,677 at the 2010 census.


Tecumseh was originally called Frances, and under the latter name was established in 1856. Frances was the name of the wife of Col. Richard M Johnson, the namesake of Johnson County. Shortly after being founded, the name was changed to Tecumseh after the Native American chief said to have been killed by Johnson during the Battle of the Thames. The Nebraska Territorial Legislature established Tecumseh as the county seat in February 1857.


Tecumseh is located at 40°22′12″N 96°11′30″W / 40.37000°N 96.19167°W / 40.37000; -96.19167 (40.370061, -96.191639). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.50 square miles (3.88 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,268
1890 1,654 30.4%
1900 2,005 21.2%
1910 1,748 −12.8%
1920 1,688 −3.4%
1930 1,829 8.4%
1940 2,104 15.0%
1950 1,930 −8.3%
1960 1,887 −2.2%
1970 2,058 9.1%
1980 1,926 −6.4%
1990 1,702 −11.6%
2000 1,716 0.8%
2010 1,677 −2.3%
2019 (est.) 1,586 −5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, 1,677 people, 722 households, and 447 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,118.0 inhabitants per square mile (431.7/km2). The 887 housing units averaged 591.3 per square mile (228.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.5% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 12.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 16.2% of the population.

Of the 722 households, 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.1% were not families; 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 44.8 years; 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 23.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

In the media

The town was used largely for the setting of the miniseries Amerika, which depicted life in a small American town after a successful takeover by the Soviet Union.

Notable people

  • Dennis Aust, baseball player
  • Betsy Baker, oldest ever verified person in the world at the time of her death in 1955 at the age of 113
  • Tony Davis, professional football player
  • Peirson M. Hall, a federal judge who lived in a Tecumseh orphanage
  • Walter Kiechel III, managing editor of Fortune magazine, author of The Lords of Strategy, born in Tecumseh
  • Virgil A. Martin, Los Angeles, California, City Council member (1927–31), born in Tecumseh
  • Ronald Schafer, electrical engineer and author of many textbooks on digital signal processing and audio analysis
  • Bob Stitt, head football coach at the University of Montana
  • Clyde Summers, labor lawyer and law professor at the Yale Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School, subject of In re Summers
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