Stromsburg, Nebraska

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Stromsburg, Nebraska
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Nickname(s): Swede Capital of Nebraska
Location in the state of Nebraska, USA
Coordinates: 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361Coordinates: 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361
CountryUnited States
StateNebraska
CountyPolk
Government
 • MayorKen Everingham
Area
 • Total1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Land1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,677 ft (511 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total1,171
 • Density1,157.1/sq mi (446.8/km2)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code68666
Area code(s)402
FIPS code31-47465[1]
GNIS feature ID0833862[2]
Websitewww.stromsburgnebraska.com
 
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Stromsburg, Nebraska
—  City  —

Logo
Nickname(s): Swede Capital of Nebraska
Location in the state of Nebraska, USA
Coordinates: 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361Coordinates: 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361
CountryUnited States
StateNebraska
CountyPolk
Government
 • MayorKen Everingham
Area
 • Total1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Land1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,677 ft (511 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total1,171
 • Density1,157.1/sq mi (446.8/km2)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code68666
Area code(s)402
FIPS code31-47465[1]
GNIS feature ID0833862[2]
Websitewww.stromsburgnebraska.com

Stromsburg is a city in Polk County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,171 at the 2010 census.

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History

Stromsburg was settled early in Nebraska history. A group of Swedish settlers coming from the town of Ockelbo arrived in the 1860s after several years in Illinois. This group had a leader named Lewis Headstrom, who was a real estate agent. Seeing some similarities to their old Swedish homeland the settlers formed what would be called Stromsburg, named after a section of Ockelbo, Sweden. By the 1880s two brickyards were in operation in the town. Many buildings from ‘native’ brick still stand, including the Viking Center, now a community center that was originally The Opera House; the Cornerstone Bank; two businesses on the east side of the square; and several homes. Brick streets still surround the city square in Stromsburg. A brick Carnegie library was built in Stromsburg in 1918. The downtown area of Stromsburg has a town square in its center. This square forms a park, with lawns and mature trees, where festivals and events are held. In the center of the square is a two story Swedish style building made of brick with decorative toll painting and the phrase "Välkommen" (Swedish for "Welcome").

In 1966 the Nebraska Governor came to Stromsburg for the annual Swedish Festival proclaiming it the "Swede Capital of Nebraska", a title that the community still claims. Featuring traditional Swedish food and dancing, the Swedish Festival remains a popular attraction to this day, the crowning jewel of which is the Swedish Festival parade.

Stromsburg Public School has serviced the community since 1887. In 2002, the Stromsburg district consolidated with Benedict, Nebraska to form Cross County Community School, which serves the educational needs of the community's children.

Geography

Stromsburg is located at 41°6′56″N 97°35′37″W / 41.11556°N 97.59361°W / 41.11556; -97.59361 (41.115580, -97.593551)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 1,171 people, 457 households, and 310 families residing in the city. The population density was 1157.1 people per square mile (446.8/km²). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 526.7 per square mile (203.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 457 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.2% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 46.4 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64; and 27.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,250, and the median income for a family was $45,250. Males had a median income of $32,132 versus $18,600 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,235. About 4.0% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under the age of 18 and 3.5% of those 65 and older.

Government

Stromsburg is governed by Mayor Ken Everingham and a four-member city council.[5]

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml. Retrieved 2012-6-24. 
  5. ^ "About Stromsburg, Nebraska". Retrieved 2011-05-02.

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