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Overview

Introduction to North Platte, Nebraska

North Platte, Nebraska, in Lincoln county, is 211 miles E of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 234 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado.

North Platte History

Famous for its North Platte Canteen during World War II, the city was named after the North Platte River, on which it is located. North Platte was originally a railroad town, and the large Bailey Yard built for the Union Pacific Railroad Company is located within the city. The city is famous for its World War II custom of greeting troop trains passing through and offering them food, coffee and hospitality.

North Platte and nearby Attractions

  • Lincoln County Historical Museum
  • Western Heritage Village
  • North Platte Area Children's Museum
  • Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
  • Lake Maloney State Recreation Area

Things To Do In North Platte

North Platte offers easy access to several historical sites, including the Lincoln County Historical Museum and the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Lake Maloney State Recreation Area and other parks offer a variety of recreational facilities. Local festivals include the Plattepus Waterfest, the Bluegrass Festival, the Heritage Festival and the Lincoln County Fair, which attract a number of visitors every year.

North Platte Transportation

North Platte Regional Airport-Lee Bird Field is the nearest airport.

North Platte Higher Education

Mid Plains Community College is the local institute of higher educations. Other nearby institutes include the University of Nebraska at Kearny and Central Community College.

People

Total Population 24,420
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 11,516
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,034
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,201
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,703

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,956
% Above Poverty Level 84.1%
% Below Poverty Level 15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.7%
Median Gross Rent $629
Median House Value $100,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
US/American 0%
English 12.2%
Irish 16.3%

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

North Platte Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 211 miles E of Cheyenne, Wyoming (center to center)
Nearest Large City 234 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado
County Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 69101
P.O. Box Zip Codes 69103
Phone Area Codes 308
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.123
Longitude -100.765

North Platte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NORTH PLATTE RGNL AP
Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 37 F
Apr Temp 33 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 88 F
Oct Temp 34 to 66 F
Annual Precip 19.6 inches
Station WALLACE 2 W
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 36 F
Apr Temp 33 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 89 F
Oct Temp 35 to 67 F
Annual Precip 18.7 inches
Station CURTIS 3 NNE
Distance 34.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 38 F
Apr Temp 33 to 64 F
Jul Temp 60 to 90 F
Oct Temp 33 to 68 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brady 343 $55,938
Hershey 598 $62,396
Maxwell 283 $61,094
Sutherland 1,446 $70,972

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

North Platte Public Libraries

Library
North Platte Public Library
120 WEST 4TH STREET
North Platte, Nebraska
(308) 535-8036
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North Platte Hospitals

GREAT PLAINS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
601 WEST LEOTA ST
(308) 696-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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308-535-5311
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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