Introduction to Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Scottsbluff, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff county, is 78 miles NE of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 161 miles N of Aurora, Colorado. There are an estimated 14,732 people in the city.

Scottsbluff History

Scottsbluff is the largest city in Scotts Bluff County. Founded in 1900, it was named in honor of Hiram Scott, a local fur trapper who died in the town in 1828. Located across the North Platte river, it merged with a small town of Gering to form the current micropolitan city.

Scottsbluff and nearby Attractions

  • Scotts Bluff National Monument
  • Western Nebraska Mexican American Historical Museum
  • Riverside Zoo
  • Northfield Park
  • Lake Minatare State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Scottsbluff

The City of Scottsbluff provides easy access to several historical sites and recreational areas. The Riverside Zoo is an ideal place for family outings. The Scotts Bluff National Monument and the Nebraska Mexican American Historical Museum offer insights into the city’s history. It also hosts many festivals every year, including the Sugar Valley Rally.

Scottsbluff Transportation

Cheyenne Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Scottsbluff Higher Education

The Western Nebraska Community College and the Regional West Medical Center School of Radiation Technology are the local institutes of higher education. Other nearby institutes of higher learning include Chadron State College, the University of Northern Colorado and Aims Community College.


Total Population 14,998
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,952
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,887
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,336
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,235


Median Family Income $49,038
% Above Poverty Level 80.6%
% Below Poverty Level 19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $708
Median House Value $94,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 9.6%

Scottsbluff Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 78 miles NE of Cheyenne, Wyoming (center to center)
Nearest Large City 161 miles N of Aurora, Colorado
County Scotts Bluff
Standard Zip Codes 69361
P.O. Box Zip Codes 69363
Phone Area Codes 308
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.866
Longitude -103.666

Scottsbluff Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 38 F
Apr Temp 31 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 89 F
Oct Temp 31 to 64 F
Annual Precip 16.3 inches
Station MITCHELL 5 E
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 37 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 58 to 87 F
Oct Temp 33 to 65 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 39 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 54 to 87 F
Oct Temp 30 to 64 F
Annual Precip 15 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gering 8,463 $57,003
Melbeta 138 $53,125
Minatare 907 $50,341
Mitchell 1,768 $47,353
Morrill 852 $70,114
Terrytown 981 $39,135

Scottsbluff Public Libraries

Scottsbluff Public Library
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
(308) 630-6250
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Scottsbluff Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4021 AVE B
(308) 635-3711
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 928 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

A Special Education School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

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