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Wakefield, Nebraska
Michael Foods egg-processing plant in Wakefield
Michael Foods egg-processing plant in Wakefield
Location of Wakefield, Nebraska
Location of Wakefield, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
Counties Dixon, Wayne
Area
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
Elevation
1,404 ft (428 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,451
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,363
 • Density 1,283.43/sq mi (495.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68784
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-51070
GNIS feature ID 0834424

Wakefield is a city in Dixon and Wayne Counties in the State of Nebraska. The population was 1,451 at the 2010 census.

The Dixon County portion of Wakefield is part of the Sioux City, IA–NE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Wakefield had its start in the year 1881 by the building of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway through that territory. It was named for L. W. Wakefield, a railroad engineer. Wakefield was incorporated in 1883.

Geography

Wakefield is located at 42°16′3″N 96°52′3″W / 42.26750°N 96.86750°W / 42.26750; -96.86750 (42.267553, -96.867378).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.94 square miles (2.43 km2), of which, 0.87 square miles (2.25 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 755
1910 861 14.0%
1920 1,114 29.4%
1930 1,112 −0.2%
1940 961 −13.6%
1950 1,027 6.9%
1960 1,068 4.0%
1970 1,160 8.6%
1980 1,125 −3.0%
1990 1,082 −3.8%
2000 1,411 30.4%
2010 1,451 2.8%
Est. 2019 1,363 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,451 people, 534 households, and 352 families living in the city. The population density was 1,667.8 inhabitants per square mile (643.9/km2). There were 575 housing units at an average density of 660.9 per square mile (255.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.6% White, 0.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 21.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.6% of the population.

There were 534 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 38 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.1% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Economy

The largest employer in Wakefield is the Michael Foods egg-processing plant, with 800 employees. Other major employers include Wakefield Health Care Center, a nursing home with 65 employees; Wakefield Public School, with 55 employees; Central Valley Ag, a supplier of fertilizer and farm supplies, with 20 employees; and Roses Transport, a freight-hauling company with 17 employees.

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