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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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Sioux City Journal
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:37:30 -0700

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a young female mountain lion 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 ...
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:22:25 -0700

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities in the Nebraska Panhandle are investigating the death of a man found after a home fire. County Coroner Mark Berton says the body of 63-year-old Dennis Schilling was found on Monday. The Scottsbluff Rural Fire ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:18:45 -0700

ALLIANCE, Nebraska — A western Nebraska woman has been found guilty of stealing nearly $12,000 from a youth soccer team in Alliance. KNEB-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1CoS4bZ ) 30-year-old Erinn Merrill pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of ...

Scottsbluff Star Herald

Beaumont Enterprise
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:18:45 -0700

GERING, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska Panhandle woman has been arrested after police say her husband fell from her truck as she drove away drunk. KNEB-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1CoUSWH ) the 36-year-old woman faces charges of second offense drunken ...
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:52:30 -0700

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities in the Nebraska Panhandle have arrested a man who they say sexually assaulted a child. Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino tells KNEB-FM the man was arrested Wednesday on three counts of first-degree sexual assault.
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:03:45 -0700

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Scottsbluff Star Herald

Scottsbluff Star Herald
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:30:00 -0700

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