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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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289 news items

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:52:30 -0700

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities in the Nebraska Panhandle have arrested a man who they say sexually assaulted a child. Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino tells KNEB-FM the man was arrested Wednesday on three counts of first-degree sexual assault.
Omaha World-Herald
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:32:57 -0700

(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 to use or place ...
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 ...

Scottsbluff Star Herald

Scottsbluff Star Herald
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:11:15 -0700

The National Weather Service in Cheyenne reported many areas across the western Nebraska Panhandle received one to two inches of rain Monday morning. Another round of heavy rain was expected to develop by Monday night with an accumulation of an ...

Gering Citizen

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

On June 1, I arrived in Scottsbluff as the University of Nebraska's Panhandle District Director of Research and Extension. My responsibilities include oversight of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center on North Avenue I in Scottsbluff and 12 ...
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0700

The 26th annual Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, in Gering. The keynote speaker will talk about the importance of play to a child's development. Saturday's conference is intended for childcare providers, ...

Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln Journal Star
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:56:15 -0700

... the saying "You can't go home again" with his novel of the same name, but I try to defy that warning every Labor Day weekend, heading west from Lincoln through the Sandhills to the Pine Ridge country in the far northwest corner of Nebraska's Panhandle.
News & Observer
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0700

1984 — An earthquake centered near Casper, Wyo., rattled dishes and rocked rocking chairs in the Nebraska Panhandle. People on the top floors of buildings in Omaha said they could feel the quake. October 19. 1974 — Interstate 80 was completed as the ...

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