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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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Lincoln Journal Star
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:45:23 -0700

GERING — A September sentencing has been scheduled for a 22-year-old Mitchell man who made a plea deal in a Scotts Bluff County crash death case. Court records said Michael Fiscus pleaded no contest and was convicted last week of misdemeanor ...
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:03:08 -0700

Potential County Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) payments for several types of crops can be estimated for some counties in the Nebraska Panhandle, based on 2014 marketing year average (MYA) price estimates for program crops released on Aug.
Columbus Telegram
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:30:00 -0700

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — Sidney has fired its public works director who was convicted of a misdemeanor for looking into his ex-girlfriend's home and seeing her only partially clothed. The Sidney Sun Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1JlHSrY ) that John ...


Nebraska Radio Network
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:45:00 -0700

The Banner County Sheriff's Office reports Cross had crawled under the tractor, attempting to start it. He gave it a shot of starter fluid while the tractor was in gear. It started and ran over him. The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon on the farm ...
Daily Journal
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0700

POTTER, Nebraska — Bridge work is expected to hamper traffic on a state road that links the Nebraska Panhandle town of Potter to Interstate 80. The Nebraska Department of Roads says work is expected to begin this week on L-17B and be completed by ...


Daily Journal
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:41:15 -0700

The Nebraska State Patrol says the accident occurred around 9:45 a.m. Sunday, about six miles east of Sidney in the Nebraska Panhandle. The patrol says Kenneth Berry, of Pomona, California, was driving west in a semitrailer when it crossed the median, ...

Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln Journal Star
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:18:45 -0700

MINATARE — The city of Minatare has taken a big step toward construction of a beef processing plant that could bring an estimated 600 jobs to the Nebraska Panhandle community. The City Council on Wednesday voted to sign a preliminary agreement with ...
Lincoln Journal Star
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:07:30 -0700

The Scotts Bluff County Democratic Party will co-sponsor the Nebraska Panhandle's inaugural LGBT Pride picnic in Gering on Aug. 29. "Our organization is excited and honored to sponsor this exciting event that celebrates the diversity of the LGBT ...

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