Platte Center, Nebraska

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Platte Center is a village in Platte County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 359 at the 2000 census.



Platte Center is located at 41°32′17″N 97°29′15″W / 41.53806°N 97.4875°W / 41.53806; -97.4875 (41.537985, -97.487491)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 359 people, 147 households, and 103 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,202.2 people per square mile (462.0/km²). There were 159 housing units at an average density of 532.5/sq mi (204.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.94% White, 0.28% African American, 1.39% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 147 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,114, and the median income for a family was $40,357. Males had a median income of $27,813 versus $20,938 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,438. About 2.2% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

General Alfred Maximilian Gruenther was born in Platte Center. During World War II, Gruenther became the youngest major general in the U.S. Army.[4] He was one of the principal American planners of the Allied invasions of North Africa in 1942 and of Italy in 1943.[5] After the war, as a four-star general, he served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) from 1953 to 1956.[4]

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