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 14,955
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,714
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.4%
Median Earnings25+ $27,215
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,155
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,148


Median Family Income $47,766
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $714
Median House Value $94,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.4%
US/American 0%
English 8%
Irish 9%

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

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 8,429 $56,558
Melbeta 129 $56,250
Minatare 791 $41,429
Mitchell 1,821 $45,139
Morrill 885 $60,417
Terrytown 972 $37,500

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

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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Scottsbluff High Schools

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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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