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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 2000 census was 90,410 inhabitants, or about 5.28 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 immoral 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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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:20:49 -0700

Nebraska Panhandle council reprimands ex-member. Former council member Jill McFarland is reprimanded by Gering City Council. John Clanton, Sports Director, john@kotatv.com. POSTED: 04:26 PM MDT Aug 12, 2014 UPDATED: 05:28 PM MDT Aug 22, ...
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Farmland values in the Nebraska Panhandle continue to climb, according to results of the annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey released in June. The results reveal that in 2014, the average statewide value of farmland increased 9 percent to $3,315 ...
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 ...
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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 -0700

Banding stations will be operating at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering and Chadron State Park near Chadron. There's a special session on Saturday at Chadron State Park and Sept. 13 at Wildcat Hills. Both events will run from 9 to 11 a.m ...
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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:22:30 -0700

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) -- 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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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 ...
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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -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 ...

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