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"Western Nebraska" redirects here. For the village in Saline County, see Western, Nebraska.
Map of Nebraska highlighting the Panhandle

The Nebraska Panhandle is an area in the western part of the state of Nebraska and one of several U.S. state panhandles, or elongated geographical regions that extend from their main political entity.

The Nebraska panhandle is two-thirds as broad as the rest of the state. It is approximately 100 miles east to west and 125 miles north to south. The Nebraska panhandle roughly encompasses the area in Nebraska between 102° and 104°W longitude and 41° and 43°N latitude. It comprises eleven counties with a combined land area of 14,180.76 square miles (36,728.0 km²), or about 18.45 percent of the state's land. Its population as of the 2010 Census was 87,789 inhabitants, or about 4.70 percent of the state's population. Its largest city is Scottsbluff, in the west-central part of the area.


Nebraska voluntarily gave up its southwestern corner to Colorado because the mountainous terrain of the territory was not suited for railroads, and miners working in the mountains were widely seen as an rowdy bunch and a threat to the farming way of life.[1]


Cities and Towns[edit]

Major cities in the Nebraska panhandle include:

Population shifts[edit]

As part of a general trend in migration from rural to metropolitan areas, most counties in the Nebraska panhandle have seen population decreases in recent decades; however, Scotts Bluff, Dawes, and Cheyenne counties increased their populations from the years 1990 to 2000 and again from 2000 to 2010.[2] While out-migration from the Panhandle exceeds in-migration, a study coordinated by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln surveyed and interviewed a sample of newcomers to the region in order to understand their demographic makeup and reasons for relocation. Results indicated that in-migrants to the Nebraska panhandle were on average younger and had higher average incomes and educational levels than other area residents; in-migrants cited a "simpler pace of life," reduced congestion, and lower costs of living among their reasons for relocation.[3]

Points of Interest[edit]

The Nebraska panhandle has a great deal of geographical and geological diversity; the region itself is made up of several smaller areas. Areas, features, and sites of interest in the Nebraska panhandle include:

The Nebraska panhandle borders the states of South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado.

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 42°N 103°W / 42°N 103°W / 42; -103 (Nebraska Panhandle)

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:05:12 -0700

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Enterovirus has now been confirmed in the state. State officials would not give an exact location for the case; but did say it was located within the Panhandle public health district. Another ...
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:18:45 -0700

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A 39-year-old Mitchell man has made a plea deal in a case stemming from a bomb scare in the Nebraska Panhandle town. Christopher Lopez pleaded no contest on Wednesday in Scotts Bluff County District Court to an attempted threat ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:00:00 -0700

KIMBALL, Nebraska — Work is scheduled to begin next week on a stretch of Interstate 80 from Bushnell to the west Kimball interchange in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Nebraska Department of Roads says the work will include pavement repairs, removal ...
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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:45:00 -0700

Health officials are on heightened alert now that a rare respiratory virus has made its way into Nebraska's panhandle. The state is now among 18 with 153 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D-68 after a resident in the Panhandle was confirmed as infected on ...


Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:48:45 -0700

(Chadron)-For the past several weeks Panhandle Public Health District and other health departments across Nebraska have been keeping a close eye on a respiratory illness, Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68), which has caused an increase in children being ...
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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 -0700

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:07:30 -0700

SCOTTSBLUFF, Nebraska — Nebraska authorities say a Texas-based mortgage company will be eliminating 90 more jobs at its Scottsbluff office in the Nebraska Panhandle. Twin Cities Development executive director Rawnda Pierce says the Nationstar ...

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0700

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