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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 Population24,420
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+11,516
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married50.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.2%
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 Level84.1%
% Below Poverty Level15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone35.7%
Median Gross Rent$629
Median House Value$100,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.6%
US/American0%
English12.2%
Irish16.3%

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

North Platte Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 211 miles E of Cheyenne, Wyoming (center to center)
Nearest Large City234 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado
CountyLincoln
Standard Zip Codes69101
P.O. Box Zip Codes69103
Phone Area Codes308
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude41.123
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)

StationNORTH PLATTE RGNL AP
Distance5.1 miles
Jan Temp10 to 37 F
Apr Temp33 to 63 F
Jul Temp60 to 88 F
Oct Temp34 to 66 F
Annual Precip19.6 inches
StationWALLACE 2 W
Distance30.3 miles
Jan Temp12 to 36 F
Apr Temp33 to 63 F
Jul Temp60 to 89 F
Oct Temp35 to 67 F
Annual Precip18.7 inches
StationCURTIS 3 NNE
Distance34.5 miles
Jan Temp9 to 38 F
Apr Temp33 to 64 F
Jul Temp60 to 90 F
Oct Temp33 to 68 F
Annual Precip20.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brady343$55,938
Hershey598$62,396
Maxwell283$61,094
Sutherland1,446$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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North Platte High Schools

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NORTH PLATTE HIGH SCHOOL
308-535-7105
Serves 1,273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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

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