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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
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:26:15 -0800

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — A 38-year-old Nebraska Panhandle man has been given 20 years in prison for incest. Chadron radio station KCSR reports that the Chadron man had pleaded guilty. Court records say prosecutors dropped a charge of forcible sexual ...

Grand Island Independent

Scottsbluff Star Herald
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:41:15 -0800

The Nebraska Panhandle got some snow Monday, but it's not expected to stick around for long. Bill Taylor of the National Weather Service Office in North Platte, Nebraska, said a band of snow forecasted to drop between one and two inches pretty much ...
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:37:30 -0800

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) — A 53-year-old Alliance man has died in a head-on collision in the Nebraska Panhandle. The accident occurred a little after 1p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 385, about two miles south of the intersection with state Route 62A in ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:37:30 -0700

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a young female mountain has been killed on a ranch south of Chadron in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said in a news release Friday that the animal was shot in the ranch's yard ...
Greenwich Time
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:30:00 -0800

They are Pine Ridge in the northern Nebraska Panhandle, Upper Platte in the southern Panhandle, Keya Paha (kee-YAW' puh-HAW') in north-central Nebraska, and Prairie, which covers the rest of the state. The other units are closed for hunting now.


Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:01:03 -0800

The Panhandle Continuum of Care and the Cirrus House has helped 700 people in the Nebraska Panhandle from 2009 to 2011 alone. Copyright 2014 by KOTATV.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or ...
Kearney Hub
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:33:29 -0800

SIDNEY (AP) — Four members of a family have escaped a blaze that damaged their home in the Nebraska Panhandle city of Sidney. Firefighters were sent to the house a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday, and they found flames shooting from the top of the house.
Lincoln Journal Star
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:48:03 -0800

BRIDGEPORT — A 53-year-old Alliance man died in a head-on collision in the Nebraska Panhandle Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred a little after 1 p.m. on U.S. 385 about 2 miles south of the intersection with state Route 62A in Morrill County, the ...

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