Introduction to Alliance, Nebraska

Alliance, Nebraska, in Box Butte county, is 120 miles NE of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 194 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado. As of the year 2000 census, 8,959 people lived in Alliance.

Alliance History

Alliance was originally known as Grand Lake. Its history traces back to the year 1888, when the then superintendent of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, G. W. Holdrege changed its name to Alliance. The community was named after Alliance, Ohio. The city is also known as "Cattle Capital of the World." It is the county seat of Box Butte County, which was established in 1886.

Alliance and nearby Attractions

  • Carhenge
  • Dobby’s Frontier Town
  • Knight Museum of the High Plains Heritage
  • Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bridgeport State Recreational Area
  • Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Alliance

Alliance hosts festivals such as the Thunder on the Prairie Rod Run every June and the Cattle Capital Rodeo every July. There are many churches in Alliance, including the Calvary Assembly of God, the Alliance Christian Church, the First Baptist Church and the Church of Christ. The Sunken Gardens, the Carnegie Arts Center and the Central Park Fountain are also popular local spots.

Alliance Transportation

Denver International is the nearest major airport.

Alliance Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Chadron State College, Western Nebraska Community College and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.


Total Population 8,501
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,080
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 52%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,054
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,932
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,913


Median Family Income $57,273
% Above Poverty Level 76.2%
% Below Poverty Level 23.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 10 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $550
Median House Value $88,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 12.8%

Alliance Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 120 miles NE of Cheyenne, Wyoming (center to center)
Nearest Large City 194 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado
County Box Butte
Standard Zip Codes 69301
Phone Area Codes 308
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.101
Longitude -102.871

Alliance Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 39 F
Apr Temp 31 to 61 F
Jul Temp 58 to 90 F
Oct Temp 32 to 67 F
Annual Precip 15.9 inches
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Station HAY SPRINGS 12 S
Distance 30 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 34 F
Apr Temp 30 to 58 F
Jul Temp 56 to 86 F
Oct Temp 31 to 63 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Alliance, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Berea (69301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hemingford 759 $54,375

Alliance Public Libraries

Alliance Public Library
Alliance, Nebraska
(308) 762-1387

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Alliance Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(308) 762-6660
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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