Friend, Nebraska

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Friend is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,174.



The city is named for Charles E. Friend who homesteaded the land and initially named the community Friendville. He operated a dry goods store and post office. In 1873 the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad named its new train station there "Friend."[3]

The National Greyhound Association was founded in the community in 1906 (called at the time National Coursing Association).[4]

The Friend Police Department, which was initially housed in a tool shed during construction of U.S. Route 6 was reported to be the smallest police station in the world according to Ripley's Believe It or Not. In the 1960s the shed doubled in size so the Nebraska State Patrol could also be stationed there. Friend still claims it has the smallest combined police station.[5]


Friend is located at 40°39′8″N 97°17′9″W / 40.65222°N 97.28583°W / 40.65222; -97.28583 (40.652095, -97.285731)[6].

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.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,174 people, 475 households, and 326 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,473.4 people per square mile (566.6/km²). There were 516 housing units at an average density of 647.6/sq mi (249.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.64% White, 0.26% Native American, 0.34% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

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