Butte, Nebraska

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Butte is a village in Boyd County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 366 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Boyd County[3].



Butte is located at 42°54′42″N 98°50′49″W / 42.91167°N 98.84694°W / 42.91167; -98.84694 (42.911549, -98.846830)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 366 people, 152 households, and 81 families residing in the village. The population density was 867.6 people per square mile (336.5/km²). There were 199 housing units at an average density of 471.7/sq mi (182.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.91% White, 0.82% Native American, and 0.27% from two or more races.

There were 152 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% were non-families. 44.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 30.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 35.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $20,417, and the median income for a family was $35,893. Males had a median income of $23,125 versus $18,036 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,453. About 8.2% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Radioactive Waste

The Central Interstate Low Level Radioactive Waste Compact and US Ecology purchased land 2 miles west of Butte in the early 90's. The land was to become the site of the compact's dump, however as can be seen in Nuclear Nebraska: The Remarkable Story of the Little County That Couldn't Be Bought by Susan Cragin there was extensive controversy and the dump was eventually removed from consideration.

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