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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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Scottsbluff Star Herald
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:18:44 -0700

ALLIANCE, Neb. (AP) — A national organization is getting closer to starting its services for troubled teenage boys at the former Nebraska Boys Ranch southeast of Alliance in the Panhandle. Teen Challenge of the Midlands executive director Dan Meinert ...
Lincoln Journal Star
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:56:15 -0700

MORRILL — A farmstead in the Nebraska Panhandle has been damaged by what may have been a short-lived tornado. Shane Trompke said outbuildings were destroyed and fences and power poles knocked down about 5 p.m. Sunday at his wife's ...


Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:13:31 -0700

Hazy conditions throughout the Nebraska Panhandle and Eastern Wyoming are due to more than a couple days worth of heavy moisture in the area. Officials with the National Weather Service in Cheyenne tell KOTA Territory News smoke from wildfires in ...

Scottsbluff Star Herald

Daily Journal
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:11:15 -0700

NORTHPORT, Nebraska — A 15-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 26 in the Nebraska Panhandle has been closed for repairs. The Nebraska Roads Department says the highway is open for local traffic, but other travelers will be detoured to Nebraska Highway 92 ...

Gering Citizen

Gering Citizen
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:11:15 -0700

Joyce Kreig won the fourth prize of $2000 presented by McDonald's of Western Nebraska Panhandle and Torrington, Wyo. And the fifth place prize of a Traeger Grill donated by Johnson Cashway Lumber was awarded to Rene Clay. The next event for this ...

Sierra Sun Times

Sierra Sun Times
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:56:15 -0700

D0 expanded into central Kansas and southwestern to central Nebraska, and D0 ovals were added to parts of the Nebraska panhandle and southeast Nebraska, where the last 30-60 days have seen below-normal precipitation. An SL drought impacts area ...

Omaha World-Herald

Omaha World-Herald
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:16:31 -0700

To compare, Fort Robinson — the crown jewel state park in remote northwest Nebraska — had more than 410,000 visitations last year. Carhenge, the wacky automobile display near Alliance in the Nebraska Panhandle, attracts more than twice the number of ...

Gering Citizen

Gering Citizen
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:11:15 -0700

Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Charlie Fenster (right) and Jack Preston, two of the founders of the Farm And Ranch Museum, visit during Charlie's 96th birthday last week at Legacy of the Plains Museum.

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