Benkelman, Nebraska

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Benkelman is a city in Dundy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,006 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Dundy County[3].



Benkelman is located at 40°3′2″N 101°32′1″W / 40.05056°N 101.53361°W / 40.05056; -101.53361 (40.050615, -101.533660)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,006 people, 458 households, and 266 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,267.6 people per square mile (491.7/km²). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 725.8/sq mi (281.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.51% White, 0.80% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 458 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 79.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,788, and the median income for a family was $37,813. Males had a median income of $26,741 versus $19,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,700. About 7.4% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

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