Gothenburg, Nebraska

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Gothenburg is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Lexington, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,619 at the 2000 census.



Gothenburg, Nebraska is named after Gothenburg, Sweden and is noted for its Swedish heritage. Gothenburg, Nebraska, and Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg), Sweden, are believed to be the only two cities named Gothenburg in the world.[3]

Gothenburg was founded in 1882 by Olof Bergstrom, a native of Hassela, in Gävleborg County, Sweden. After coming to America from Sweden in 1881, Bergstrom worked for a time on the Union Pacific Railroad, then homesteaded in Dawson County near Gothenburg. He eventually became a land agent for the UP. Bergstrom selected the site that was to become Gothenburg and located a farmstead about a mile north. The Union Pacific Railroad laid out the original town of eight blocks parallel to the railroad tracks. Bergstrom made several return trips to Sweden to lead groups of settlers to Dawson County.[4]


Gothenburg is located at 40°55′54″N 100°9′34″W / 40.93167°N 100.15944°W / 40.93167; -100.15944 (40.931560, -100.159381)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.93%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,619 people, 1,457 households, and 989 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,422.6 people per square mile (550.1/km²). There were 1,575 housing units at an average density of 619.1/sq mi (239.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.44% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 1.22% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.62% of the population. 45.4% were of German, 11.0% Swedish, 10.9% Irish and 8.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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