Oakland, Nebraska

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Oakland is a city in Burt County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,367 at the 2000 census. Oakland continues to build on its strong foundation with its bi-annual Swedish Festival and is known by its proclamation from the Swedish Consul-General and Nebraska Governor as the "Swedish Capital of Nebraska."



Oakland is located at 41°50′6″N 96°27′58″W / 41.835°N 96.46611°W / 41.835; -96.46611 (41.835133, -96.466075)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


Oakland was named after John Oak, who settled in this area with 23 other pioneers. John Oak and his wife, Inger Askwig Oak, were among a band of pioneers who struggled in from Ottawa, a Norwegian-American settlement in LaSalle County, Illinois in July 1855. Oak then assisted Swedish immigrant families to settle in the Logan Creek Valley in 1866. The village was incorporated April 13, 1881, with 30 businesses, two banks and one printing office in operation. Basic economic activities in the Oakland area soon included farming, cattle and hog production, feed processing, wholesale and retail sales. In 1900, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad were built to Oakland.[5]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,367 people, 565 households, and 371 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,695.3 people per square mile (651.6/km²). There were 623 housing units at an average density of 772.6/sq mi (297.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.68% White, 0.22% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 565 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.94.

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