Introduction to Crete, Nebraska

Crete, Nebraska, in Saline county, is 20 miles SW of Lincoln, Nebraska and 69 miles SW of Omaha, Nebraska. About 6,028 people live in Crete.

Crete History

Crete is in Saline County, which was created by the Territorial Legislature act in the year 1855. It was officially organized in 1867. The county got its name from the belief of its early pioneers, that great salt deposits and springs could be discovered in the area. Crete was founded in 1870. It is home to Doane College, which is the oldest liberal arts college in Nebraska. The city was named after Crete, Illinois.

Crete and nearby Attractions

  • Blustem State Recreation Area
  • Saline County Historical Society Museum
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center
  • Lincoln Children's Zoo
  • Museum of Nebraska History
  • University of Nebraska State Museum

Things To Do In Crete

The Benne Memorial Museum provides absorbing insight into the history of this area. Local parks include the Gus Stroll Park, Tuxedo Park, Wildwood Park and the All American Rose Test Garden. Crete hosts the Saline County Fair every August.

Crete Transportation

Lincoln Municipal Airport is the closest airport.

Crete Higher Education

Doanne College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Belleview University and Creighton University are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 7,080
Male Share of the Population 53.1%
Female Share of the Population 46.9%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,225
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $58,001
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.9%
Median Gross Rent $718
Median House Value $96,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 10.7%

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

Crete Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles SW of Lincoln, Nebraska (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles SW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Saline
Standard Zip Codes 68333
Phone Area Codes 402
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.627
Longitude -96.961

Crete Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station CRETE
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 29 inches
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 29.7 inches
Distance 35.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blue River Lodge (68333)

Kramer (68333)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Denton 240 $62,500
Dorchester 525 $53,125
Hallam 233 $74,500
Milford 2,373 $65,517
Sprague 142 $77,500

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

Crete Public Libraries

Crete Public Library
Crete, Nebraska
(402) 826-3809

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Crete Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
P O BOX 220, 2910 BETTEN DR
(402) 826-2102
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 726 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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