Introduction to Chadron, Nebraska

Chadron, Nebraska, in Dawes county, is 87 miles S of Rapid City, South Dakota and 236 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado. The city contains a population of approximately 5,634.

Chadron History

The community is named after Louis Charton, a fur trapper who ran a trading post on Bordeaux Creek in 1841. The town was formally established in 1884 when the Missouri Valley, Fremont and Elkhorn railroad passed through the area. Charles Henry King and his wife Martha were among the founders of Chadron.

Chadron and nearby Attractions

  • Nebraska National Forest
  • Dawes County Historical Society Museum
  • Pine Ridge National Recreation Area
  • Museum of the Fur Trade
  • Chadron State Park
  • Fort Robinson State Park

Things To Do In Chadron

Chadron celebrates several festivals throughout the year, including the Fur Trade Days and the Dawes County Fair every July and the History in Action Day every September. The historic sites of Chadron include the Hudsen-Meng Bison Bonebed, Fort Robinson and the Warbonnet Battlefield.

Chadron Transportation

Denver International is the closest major airport.

Chadron Higher Education

Chadron State College, Black Hills State University and Technology and Casper College are all nearby.


Total Population 5,828
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,038
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 43.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $62,500
% Above Poverty Level 81.2%
% Below Poverty Level 18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $554
Median House Value $114,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26%
US/American 0%
English 7.7%
Irish 16%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chadron Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 87 miles S of Rapid City, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 236 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado
County Dawes
Standard Zip Codes 69337
Phone Area Codes 308
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.829
Longitude -102.999

Chadron Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 89 F
Oct Temp 34 to 64 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 35 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 57 to 86 F
Oct Temp 31 to 64 F
Annual Precip 19.8 inches
Station HAY SPRINGS 12 S
Distance 26.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crawford 1,113 $52,222
Hay Springs 521 $50,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chadron Public Libraries

Chadron Public Library
Chadron, Nebraska
(308) 432-0531

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Chadron Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(308) 432-5586
Emergency Service: Yes

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