Hazard, Nebraska

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Hazard is a village in Sherman County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 66 at the 2000 census.



Hazard is located at 41°5′25″N 99°4′37″W / 41.09028°N 99.07694°W / 41.09028; -99.07694 (41.090144, -99.077041)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 66 people, 34 households, and 19 families residing in the village. The population density was 260.7 people per square mile (101.9/km²). There were 39 housing units at an average density of 154.0/sq mi (60.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.

There were 34 households out of which 14.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.2% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.55.

In the village the population was spread out with 18.2% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 31.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 120.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,629. There were no families and 6.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 21.1% of those over 64.

Hazard in fiction

Hazard was immortalised as the setting of the Richard Marx song Hazard. Marx arrived at the name because he liked the lyric "this old Nebraska town." He wrote to Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, asking for a list of Nebraska towns with two syllables and found Hazard ideal for its double meaning. (The lyrics refer to a river, which the real Hazard does not possess; however, there is a muddy creek.)

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