Verdigre, Nebraska

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Verdigre is a village in Knox County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 519 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Verdigre is located at 42°35′47″N 98°2′3″W / 42.59639°N 98.03417°W / 42.59639; -98.03417 (42.596437, -98.034118)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.51%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 519 people, 232 households, and 122 families residing in the village. The population density was 934.1 people per square mile (357.8/km²). There were 286 housing units at an average density of 514.7/sq mi (197.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.88% White, 1.93% Native American, and 0.19% from two or more races.

There were 232 households out of which 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.4% were non-families. 45.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 34.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the village the population was spread out with 15.2% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 16.2% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 45.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $21,667, and the median income for a family was $30,208. Males had a median income of $22,031 versus $12,708 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,128. About 4.7% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 19.0% of those age 65 or over.

Kolach Days

Verdigre touts itself as "The Kolach Capital of the world". A kolach is a pastry of Czech and Slovak origin, with a fruit center, usually poppy seed, prunes, cherries, or blueberries, somewhat similar to a Danish. During the summer , usually the second week of June, Verdigre hosts a huge festival celebrating the kolach and usually provides rides, tractor pulls, both duck and turtle races, live music, mud volleyball, kolach eating contests, and a variety of activities for the community. Verdigre crowns its annual Kolach Queen during this festival. Kolaches are sold in the local bakery and a variety of local wares and produce are available at outdoor stalls on Main street. Beginning in 2007, the city has elected Kolach Royalty ( both King and Queen ) during the festivities.

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