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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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Omaha World-Herald
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:41:16 -0800

A single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Bushnell in Kimball County on Thursday killed two Scottsbluff residents. The crash occurred just after 10 p.m. near the Bushnell exit on I-80 in the Panhandle, the Nebraska State Patrol reported. A 2012 ...

Nebraska Radio Network

Nebraska Radio Network
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:30:11 -0800

The public is being asked to help in the investigation of the illegal shooting of 25 antelope in the Panhandle. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports the antelope where shot and killed near Broadwater in Morrill County. Nebraska conservation ...
Omaha World-Herald
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:24:03 -0800

A 55-year-old motorist was killed Thursday in a crash with a semitrailer truck on a Nebraska Panhandle roadway. The Nebraska State Patrol said Karis Amateis of Gering died in the 12:08 p.m. MST crash about eight miles south of Chadron on U.S. Highway ...

Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln Journal Star
Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:37:51 -0800

Moose have been reported in the Nebraska Panhandle this year, and the sighting of a young bull in Lincoln County was confirmed this week. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging deer and elk hunters to be certain of their targets. Moose can ...


Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:43:26 -0800

Across the plains in southeastern Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon into the evening, lift will be shallow and mostly driven by upsloping winds which will produce areas of patchy freezing fog, freezing drizzle as well as light ...
Lincoln Journal Star
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:26:19 -0800

Moose spotted in Nebraska; hunters urged to be cautious. Moose have been reported in the Nebraska Panhandle this year, and the sighting of a young bull in Lincoln County was confirmed this week. Read more ...
Field and Stream (blog)
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:41:15 -0800

I spent a few hours Thursday on stand in the Nebraska Panhandle and from what I witnessed, bucks are deep in the seeking phase of the rut. Though most of the activity is still showing up on camera after dark, the recent cold snap has deer moving a ...


KETV Omaha
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:30:58 -0700

CHADRON, Neb. —Authorities say they've found no engine problems so far that would have caused a Nebraska Panhandle plane crash that killed its Texas pilot. Chadron radio station KCSR reports that a preliminary report from the National Transportation ...

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