Emerson, Nebraska

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Emerson is a village in Dakota, Dixon, and Thurston Counties in the U.S. state of Nebraska. Emerson was named after the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. The population was 856 at the 2000 census. Emerson is the only community in Nebraska that lies in three counties.

The Dakota and Dixon county portions of Emerson are part of the Sioux City, IA–NE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Emerson is located at 42°16.62′N 96°43.55′W / 42.277°N 96.72583°W / 42.277; -96.72583 (42.278988, -96.725942),[3] in the Central Standard Time zone.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 817 people, 320 households, and 209 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,705.3 people per square mile (668.2/km²). There were 358 housing units at an average density of 747.2/sq mi (288.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.78% White, 0.98% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 5.14% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.51% of the population.

There were 329 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 26.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,411, and the median income for a family was $37,639. Males had a median income of $26,618 versus $18,833 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,062. About 8.5% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

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