Elkhorn, Nebraska

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Elkhorn, Nebraska

Introduction to Elkhorn, Nebraska

Elkhorn, Nebraska, in Douglas county, is 15 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is considered part of the Omaha metropolitan area. Elkhorn has a population of 6,062.

Elkhorn History

Elkhorn was founded in 1865. It was surveyed by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1886 and was platted in 1867. It was originally named Elkhorn Station. Its first Catholic Church was established in 1868. The city was a municipality until 2005, when Omaha annexed it. It is in Douglas County, which was founded in 1854.

Elkhorn and nearby Attractions

  • Swedish Heritage Center
  • John G. Neihardt Center
  • Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse Historic Site
  • Malcolm X Birthsite
  • Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens
  • Dead Timber State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Elkhorn

Elkhorn Ridge Golf Course provides excellent facilities for golfers. The Bethany Lutheran Church, the Peace Presbyterian Church, the Saint Patrick’s Church of Elkhorn and the Lord of Life Lutheran Church are some of the local churches. The Dead Timber State Recreation Area offers facilities for boating, camping, picnicking and fishing.

Elkhorn Transportation

Eppley Airfield is the nearest major airport.

Elkhorn Higher Education

The University of Nebraska at Omaha, Belleview University, Creighton University and Iowa Western Community College offer courses for higher studies.

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High Points

Elkhorn strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Nebraska):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Elkhorn People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Elkhorn Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Elkhorn College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Elkhorn Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Elkhorn Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Elkhorn, Nebraska

Comparing Elkhorn to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Nebraska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 6 9
Age of the Population 5 3
Well-Paid Single Women 5 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 1
Racial Diversity 1 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 9 10
College Educated Adults 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Short Commute Times 6 2
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Public Transportation Use 1 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Rents 6 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1

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Elkhorn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska
County Douglas
Metro Area Omaha
Standard Zip Codes 68022
Phone Area Codes 402
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.286
Longitude -96.234

Elkhorn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station OMAHA 9 NW
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 29.8 inches
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30.2 inches
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Elkhorn Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,062 100%
Male 2,996 49.4%
Female 3,066 50.6%
Under 18 1,923 31.7%
18+ 4,139 68.3%
65+ 566 9.3%
Median Age 36.4
Average Family Size 3.28
White 5,986 98.7%
African-American 8 0.1%
Asian 20 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.2%
Other 12 0.2%
Mixed Race 21 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 77 1.3%

Estimated Elkhorn Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,192
Growth 2,130
Growth % 35.1%

Elkhorn Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 40.5%
Irish 11.9%
English 8.9%
Swedish 6.4%
Danish 3.7%
Czech 3.7%
US/American 3.5%
Italian 3.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.5%
Norwegian 1.9%
Polish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Dutch 1.5%
Czechoslovakian 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1%
Scottish 0.9%
European 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Syrian 0.7%
Northern European 0.6%
Serbian 0.5%
Russian 0.4%
Dutch West Indian 0.4%
Celtic 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Elkhorn 6,062 $76,206
Bennington 937 $53,917
Boys Town 818 $51,944
Leshara 111 $55,625
Valley 1,788 $47,596
Washington 126 $55,000
Waterloo 459 $55,156

Elkhorn Public Libraries

Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library
Elkhorn, Nebraska
(402) 289-4367
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Serves 926 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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