Gering, Nebraska

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Gering (pronounced /ˈɡɪərɪŋ/; rhymes with earring, with an initial hard g like gear) is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Scottsbluff, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,751 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Scotts Bluff County[3].

Gering was founded in 1887 at the base of the bluff that is now the center of Scotts Bluff National Monument. The city of Scottsbluff was founded across the North Platte River from the bluff in 1900. Separated only by the river, the two cities have since grown together and now form the 7th largest urban area in Nebraska.

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Geography

Gering is located at 41°49′27″N 103°39′54″W / 41.82417°N 103.665°W / 41.82417; -103.665 (41.824251, -103.665009)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²), all of it land.

Major Events

2007 marks the 85th annual Oregon Trail Days, celebration which takes place during the second week of July each year. Friends, families, Gering High School classmates, and the Old Settlers reunion all congregate in Gering for a weekend full of activities.

Oregon Trail Days weekend kicks off with the community barbecue on Thursday night, Annual Kiddie Parade on 10th Street Friday morning, International Food Fair Downtown Gering Friday night, Annual Oregon Trail Days Parade Saturday morning followed by the annual Chili-Cookoff in Oregon Trail Park, and concert at Five Rocks Amphitheater Saturday evening.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,751 people, 3,173 households, and 2,170 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,067.8 people per square mile (798.0/km²). There were 3,332 housing units at an average density of 888.9/sq mi (343.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.48% White, 0.13% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.56% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.40% of the population.

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