Surprise, Nebraska

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Surprise is a village in Butler County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 44 at the 2000 census.



Surprise is located at 41°6′16″N 97°18′32″W / 41.10444°N 97.30889°W / 41.10444; -97.30889 (41.104403, -97.308948)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 44 people, 18 households, and 12 families residing in the village. The population density was 110.1 people per square mile (42.5/km²). There were 22 housing units at an average density of 55.0/sq mi (21.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.

There were 18 households out of which 44.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% 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 3.17.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $26,667, and the median income for a family was $29,375. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $11,667 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,978. There were 13.3% of families and 19.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 22.2% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


The city of Surprise, Arizona was named after this village in 1937 by one of its former residents, Homer C. Ludden. As legend has it, the city of Surprise was named by Dr. Anthony Swanson. Upon arriving in the area now known as Surprise, his intention was to only stay a few months as he and his wife, Mary Louis Swanson, were on their way West in search of fortune. After several months another group of fortune seekers passed through the settlement. When one of the new comers asked Dr. Swanson what his village was called he answered, "as the tea kettle keeps whistlin', I say, I'm surprised me and Mary are still here!". The newcomer misheard the doctor and from that day on the village was known as Surprise.

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