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North Platte

North Platte, Nebraska

  •   State: 
    Lincoln County
    North Platte
      County FIPS: 
    41°08′10″N 100°45′47″W
      Area total: 
    13.71 sq mi (35.50 km²)
      Area land: 
    13.52 sq mi (35.02 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.19 sq mi (0.48 km²)
    2,802 ft (854 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    North Platte, NE
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,729.90 residents per square mile of area (667.93/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. It is located at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The city was established in 1866 when the Union Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. During World War II the city was known for the North Platte Canteen, a volunteer organization serving food to millions of traveling soldiers. In 1929, a black man shot and killed a white police officer. This led to the formation of white mobs combing the city, and ordering black residents to leave. In the 1880s, Buffalo Bill Cody established his ranch, known as Scout's Rest Ranch, just north of town. In 2010, the city had a population of 24,733. The population is expected to reach 23,390 at the 2020 census. The average monthly mean temperature ranges from 26.3 °F (3.2 °C) in January to 75.6°F (24.2°C), with a growing season of 139 days. On an average year, there are 3.8 afternoons that reach 100 °F or higher. Snowfall averages 29.6 inches (0.6 m) per season, and historically ranged from 3.0 to 66.3 inches (1.68 to 66 m) in 1979; the average window for measurable snowfall is November thru April 12, with snowfall being rare and being rare in October and May. The normal monthly mean temperatures officially range from 35 °F  (37.2 °C) on January 15, 1888 and February 12, 1899.


North Platte was the western terminus of the Union Pacific Railway from the summer of 1867 until the next section to Laramie, Wyoming, was opened the following summer. Buffalo Bill Cody established his ranch, known as Scout's Rest Ranch, just north of town in the 1880s. The North Platte Canteen was one of the largest volunteer efforts of World War II, originating in 1941. On July 13, 1929, a black man shot and killed a white police officer. The black man reportedly took his own life, being trapped by a mob. This led to the formation of white mobs combing the city, and ordering black residents to leave. Fearing mob violence, most of North Platter's black residents fled. The city is now a National Historic Landmark. It is located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The town's name derives its name from the North Platty River, which runs through the center of the city. It was established in 1866 when the Union. Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. The 275-mile (443 km) section from Nebraska City to North Plattte was completed in less than six weeks. In 1867, Congress had authorized the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1862, but it had been extended only as far as Nebraska City by the start of the summer. The next section of the railroad was opened in 1867. In 1880, Buffalo. Bill Cody set up his ranch in the town.


North Platte experiences a dry continental climate similar to that of the Nebraska High Plains. With an annual average precipitation of 21.08 inches (535 mm), it barely avoids semi-arid classification. The normal monthly mean temperature ranges from 26.3 °F (3.2 °C) in January to 75.6 °F in July. The average window for freezing temperatures is September 30 thru May 13, allowing a growing season of 139 days. Snowfall averages 29.6 inches (0.75 m) per season, and has historically ranged from 3.0 inches (0.08 m) in 190304 to 66.3 inches (1.68m) in 197980. The city has a total area of 13.39 square miles (34.68 km²), of which 13.20 square miles [34.19 km²] is land and 0.19 square miles  (0.49 km²) is water. It is part of USDA Hardiness zone 5a, classified as hot-summer humid continental (Köppen Dwa) with an average temperature of 97.8 degrees (37.8 °F) on an average year. The record cold daily maximum is 15°F (26.1°C) on January 14, 1888, while, conversely, the record warm daily minimum is 80 °F [26.7 °C] on July 25, 1940. There are 3.8 afternoons that reach 100 °F or higher, 39.4 afternoon that reach 90 °F and 12.2 mornings that do not climb above freezing.


As of the census of 2010, there were 24,733 people, 10,560 households, and 6,290 families residing in the city. There were 11,450 housing units at an average density of 867.4 per square mile (334.9/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 93.1% White, 1.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.8% from other races, and 1.7%. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.8%. The median income for a household in theCity was $34,181, and the median family income was $42,753. The per capita income for the City was $18,306, and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was2.95. The median age was 37.1 years, with 24.9% of residents under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25%. were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5%. were 65 years of age or older. The city has a population of 23,878, with 10,718 housing units, and a population density of 1,873.7 inhabitants per squaremile (723.4/ km²). The city's median age is 36 years; for every 100 females, there are 94.5 males. For every 100 males age 18 and over, there is 90.0 males.

Arts and culture

Lincoln County Historical Museum contains a display detailing the history of the North Platte Canteen. Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park is a Nebraska living history park about "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The park includes his actual house known as Scout's Rest Ranch. The annual Miss Nebraska pageant, an official preliminary for the Miss America Organization, is held in the city every year. Every June, the city hosts the annual "Nebraskaland Days" The event includes parades, art shows, rodeos, concerts, and food events. It draws over 100,000 attendees every year and is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. The city is also home to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The museum contains a Prairie Village with local landmark homes and other buildings, including a Pony Express station and pioneer church among many others. It is located two miles west of U.S. Highway 83 along U.S. Highway 30. The town is also the home of the Miss Nebraska Pageant, which is an official Preliminary for theMiss America Organization. The event is held every year in the town and draws more than 100,00 attendees. It takes place on the last weekend in June and is the largest annual event of its type in the United States. It was founded by Miss Nebraska in the early 1900s and is held on the site of her childhood home. It has also been home to a number of other major events, including the opening of the University of Nebraska at Platteville.


North Platte is home to the world's largest rail yard, Bailey Yard. Passenger train service was discontinued in 1971. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center is an eight-story building which overlooks the expansive classification yard and engine facilities. The tower and visitor center are open to the public year-round. United Express serves the airport with twice-daily service to Denver International Airport. There is also a door-to-door bus system available for residents of the town. North Platte Regional Airport is the only airport in the state of Colorado. The airport is located in the town's central business district and is located near the city's downtown area. It is currently served by United Express and the Denver International Airline with service to and from the airport twice- daily. The town is also served by the Denver Metro Airport with service twice-weekly to Denver and the airport's main hub, Denver International, on a route that links to the Denver and Denver International airports on the Denver-Denver International Airport route. It also has service to Colorado Springs and Denver-Lancaster on the Colorado Rockies route that runs from the town to the Colorado Springs International Airport in the Denver suburb of Laredo. The city is also home to a number of other tourist attractions, such as the Colorado Museum of Nature and Science and the Rocky Mountain Museum of Science and Industry. It was founded in 1881 and is one of the first U.S. cities to be named after a mountain. It has been named after the Colorado River.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska = 91.6. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 100. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in North Platte = 4.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 23,390 individuals with a median age of 36.6 age the population dropped by -1.75% in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,729.90 residents per square mile of area (667.93/km²). There are average 2.27 people per household in the 10,066 households with an average household income of $39,485 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 3.90% of the available work force and has dropped -2.09% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.92%. The number of physicians in North Platte per 100,000 population = 182.4.


The annual rainfall in North Platte = 19.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 28.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 84. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 227. 88 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 9.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 39, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska which are owned by the occupant = 59.71%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 44 years with median home cost = $99,200 and home appreciation of 0.70%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $17.67 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,836 per student. There are 15.3 students for each teacher in the school, 246 students for each Librarian and 350 students for each Counselor. 7.91% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 11.54% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.47% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • North Platte's population in Lincoln County, Nebraska of 3,640 residents in 1900 has increased 6,43-fold to 23,390 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.21% female residents and 48.79% male residents live in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska.

    As of 2020 in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska are married and the remaining 40.70% are single population.

  • 14.9 minutes is the average time that residents in North Platte require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    86.84% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.30% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.06% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.41% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, 59.71% are owner-occupied homes, another 33.32% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.96% are vacant.

  • The 56.82% of the population in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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