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York, Nebraska

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York, Nebraska
York water tower (2013)
York water tower (2013)
Location within York County and Nebraska
Location within York County and Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°52′2″N 97°35′20″W / 40.86722°N 97.58889°W / 40.86722; -97.58889
CountryUnited States
 • Total6.56 sq mi (16.99 km2)
 • Land6.53 sq mi (16.91 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,601 ft (488 m)
 • Total7,766
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,201.53/sq mi (463.91/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)402
FIPS code31-54045
GNIS feature ID0834911[4]
U.S. RoutesUS 34.svg US 81.svg

York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,766. It is the home of York College and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.


York was platted in 1869.[5] The city took its name from York County.[6]

In 1920, the Nebraska legislature established the State Reformatory for Women in York. The facility was expanded over the years; as of 2017, it operated as the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, with a rated capacity of 275 beds.[7]


York is located in 40°52′2″N 97°35′20″W / 40.86722°N 97.58889°W / 40.86722; -97.58889 (40.867295, -97.588869).[8] The city sits at the crossroads of Interstate 80, a major east–west highway, and U.S. Route 81, a major north–south highway.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.77 square miles (14.94 km2), of which 5.75 square miles (14.89 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)7,846[3]1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[11]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 7,766 people, 3,253 households, and 1,992 families living in the city. The population density was 1,350.6 inhabitants per square mile (521.5/km2). There were 3,633 housing units at an average density of 631.8 per square mile (243.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 1.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 3,253 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.8% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,081 people, 3,304 households, and 2,101 families living in the city. The population density was 1,433.6 people per square mile (553.2/km2). There were 3,532 housing units at an average density of 626.6 per square mile (241.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.76% White, 0.74% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 3,304 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $36,069, and the median income for a family was $45,544. Males had a median income of $31,014 versus $20,086 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,813. About 6.3% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.


City Auditorium
City Auditorium

The Art Deco York Auditorium (1940) was designed by Meginnis and Schaumberg.


York Public Schools are part of the York Public Schools School District. Schools in the district include York Elementary School, York Middle School and York High School.

York has two parochial schools. Emmanuel-Faith Lutheran School opened in 1957. The pre-school is located at Faith Lutheran Church in York, while grades K-8 are located in a school attached to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.[12] St. Joseph Catholic School, opened in 1890, educates children grades PK-8.[13]

York College (Nebraska) is a private college affiliated with the Churches of Christ and located in York, Nebraska. It was founded in 1890.


York fielded a number of newspapers in the 1800s. On January 1, 1883, the York Democrat was created from a previous paper, the York Tribune. The York Republican was another newspaper that flourished during this time and was notable for its large circulation.[14] York's current newspaper is the York News-Times.

York has two radio stations that have been locally owned since they went on the air in 1954: KAWL (AM 1370) and KTMX (FM 1970), providing news, sports, music and entertainment to York and adjacent counties.

Notable people


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  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "York, York County". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  6. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 142.
  7. ^ "Nebraska Correctional Center for Women". Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 20, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  10. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  11. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "History of St. Joseph Catholic School". Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  14. ^ Our Illustrated York, NE-reprinted by the York County Historical Association 1997
  15. ^ Howard, John N. "Presidents of the 1930s". Optics & Photonics News. November 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  16. ^ Shirley Ross obit The Lincoln Star (March 14, 1975)

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