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Wahoo, Nebraska
Memorial to World War II submarine USS Wahoo on front lawn of Saunders County Courthouse in Wahoo
Memorial to World War II submarine USS Wahoo on front lawn of Saunders County Courthouse in Wahoo
Motto(s): 
"Welcome You"
Location of Wahoo, Nebraska
Location of Wahoo, Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°13′N 96°37′W / 41.217°N 96.617°W / 41.217; -96.617Coordinates: 41°13′N 96°37′W / 41.217°N 96.617°W / 41.217; -96.617
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Saunders
Area
 • Total 2.93 sq mi (7.60 km2)
 • Land 2.93 sq mi (7.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,211 ft (369 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,508
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,548
 • Density 1,550.63/sq mi (598.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68066
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-50965
GNIS feature ID 0834421
Website wahoo.ne.us

Wahoo ( from Dakota wǧhu; "arrow wood") is a city and county seat of Saunders County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,508 at the 2010 census.

History

Wahoo was founded in 1870. The town's name comes from the eastern wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus), a shrub found on the banks of Wahoo Creek. The town was founded by predominantly Czech, German, and Scandinavian settlers.

Geography

Wahoo is located at 41°13′N 96°37′W / 41.217°N 96.617°W / 41.217; -96.617 (41.21, -96.62). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.65 square miles (6.86 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,064
1890 2,006 88.5%
1900 2,100 4.7%
1910 2,168 3.2%
1920 2,338 7.8%
1930 2,689 15.0%
1940 2,648 −1.5%
1950 3,128 18.1%
1960 3,610 15.4%
1970 3,835 6.2%
1980 3,555 −7.3%
1990 3,681 3.5%
2000 3,942 7.1%
2010 4,508 14.4%
2019 (est.) 4,548 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 4,508 people, 1,801 households, and 1,131 families living in the city. The population density was 1,701.1 inhabitants per square mile (656.8/km2). There were 1,962 housing units at an average density of 740.4 per square mile (285.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5%.

Of the 1,801 households 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 33.3% of households were one person and 16.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age was 38.7 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Education

Wahoo Public Schools operates the area public schools.

Wahoo was also the home of the now defunct John F. Kennedy College (1965 to 1975).

Notable people

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