Kenesaw, Nebraska

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Kenesaw is a village in Adams County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 873 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Hastings, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Kenesaw is located at 40°37′18″N 98°39′25″W / 40.62167°N 98.65694°W / 40.62167; -98.65694 (40.621679, -98.657029)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 873 people, 318 households, and 232 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,022.0 people per square mile (396.5/km²). There were 345 housing units at an average density of 403.9/sq mi (156.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.20% White, 0.23% Native American, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 318 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $37,050, and the median income for a family was $45,500. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $18,917 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,206. About 2.2% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Kenesaw Homestead Act

In a 2004 attempt to increase the population and school enrollment, the village offered free home lots on the condition that the new owner build a house within a year.[4] Three weeks after the publication of the offer, seven of the fifteen available lots had been claimed.[5]

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