Introduction to McCook, Nebraska

McCook, Nebraska, in Red Willow county, is 212 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska and 224 miles E of Aurora, Colorado.

McCook History

McCook was established in 1883 when the railroad companies of Chicago, Burlington and Quincy authorized the Lincoln Company to build a town. It is named after the famous civil war officer Alexander McDowell McCook. Soon after its establishment, the city became a center of trade and commerce. It is the birthplace of Ben Nelson, one of Nebraska’s two current U.S Senators. McCook is the county seat of Red Willow County, which was formed in 1873.

McCook and nearby Attractions

  • Museum of the High Plains
  • MSenator George Norris State Historical Site
  • Medicine Creek Reservoir State Recreation Area
  • Heritage Hills Golf Course
  • Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area

Things To Do In McCook

The Museum of High Plains and the McCook Family History Center offer historical insights into the city’s past. One can also enjoy a variety of activities at the Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area or at the Medicine Creek Reservoir State Recreation Area. McCook hosts several local festivals throughout the year, including Heritage Days, the Red Willow County Fair and the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival.

McCook Transportation

Air transportation is available from North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field.

McCook Higher Education

The University of Nebraska at Kearny, Central Community College and Fort Hays State University are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

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

Mccook Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 212 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska (center to center)
Nearest Large City 224 miles E of Aurora, Colorado
County Red Willow
Standard Zip Codes 69001
Phone Area Codes 308
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.201
Longitude -100.625

Mccook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MCCOOK
Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 39 F
Apr Temp 36 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 90 F
Oct Temp 38 to 68 F
Annual Precip 21.6 inches
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 39 F
Apr Temp 34 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 90 F
Oct Temp 36 to 68 F
Annual Precip 21.4 inches
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 37 F
Apr Temp 34 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 35 to 68 F
Annual Precip 21.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bartley 272 $53,750
Cambridge 1,093 $51,316
Culbertson 631 $50,625
Danbury 105 $0
Indianola 591 $56,667
Trenton 517 $48,333

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

Mccook Public Libraries

Mccook Public Library
Mccook, Nebraska
(308) 345-1906

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Mccook Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
P O BOX 1328, 1301 EAST H ST
(308) 345-2650
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mccook High Schools

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Serves 471 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

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Student/teacher ratio: 9

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Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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