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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
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:10:49 -0700

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — More than 40,000 trees are being planted in northwest Nebraska again this spring to help the area recover from the 2012 wildfires. Crews from the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands have planted 41,300 seedlings this month ...
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:00:00 -0700

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A series of workshops and other fun events for outdoor lovers is being planned at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering. The events sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission start May 16 with an 8k run, ...

Omaha World-Herald

Omaha World-Herald
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:24:05 -0700

A wandering moose is roaming western Nebraska in the tracks of newcomer mountain lions, elk and bighorn sheep. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials say a moose has been spotted numerous times by residents in the North Platte River valley ...

Scottsbluff Star Herald

Scottsbluff Star Herald
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:07:38 -0700

Hank Bounds visits University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center. University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds visited with UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center employees on April 15. Bounds is traveling across Nebraska ...

Daily Journal

Daily Journal
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:26:15 -0700

GERING, Nebraska — A July trial has been scheduled for a Nebraska Panhandle man accused of sexually assaulting a child. Court records say 29-year-old Jacob Summerville, of Minatare (MIHN'-uh-tehr), pleaded not guilty on Friday to sexual assault and ...

Daily Journal

Daily Journal
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:48:45 -0700

MORRILL, Nebraska — A Nebraska Panhandle couple who authorities say lived in a filthy house with their five children have been arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reports (http://bit.ly/1aXaj23 ) that 55-year-old Jerry ...

NET Website

NET Website
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0700

The Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission office in Sidney, Nebraska was over capacity with people wanting to testify on the proposed Terex disposal well. (Photo by Grant Gerlock, NET News). Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska speaks with other opponents of the oil ...

Scottsbluff Star Herald

Scottsbluff Star Herald
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:00:00 -0700

... to community · Nebraska senators ask Oil and Gas Commission to delay decision on fracking wastewater application · Trees planted in fire-damaged areas of Nebraska Panhandle · Nebraska State Patrol investigating officer-involved shooting in Sidney ...

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