"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.
Cities and Towns
Major cities in the Nebraska panhandle include:
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. 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.
Points of Interest
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.
Coordinates: 42°N 103°W / 42°N 103°W
Nebraska Panhandle Rails
From sandhills to farm fields, three major railroads travel through the vast countryside of western Nebraska. Take a ride in the cab with the Chicago & North...
May 19th, 2014: Awesome Supercell Structure in Nebraska Panhandle!
Took this near Kimball, NE over east to Potter, NE. Please contact Jason Cooley at email@example.com for video usage. Watch this in HD 1080p!
Tornado in Nebraska Panhandle
This video from just northwest of Kimball, NE was shot on the afternoon of June 5, 2009. The tornado was still in Wyoming at the time this was shot Follow me...
SE Wyoming and Nebraska Panhandle (Dix, NE Tornado) - 6/22/13
This footage starts east of Chugwater, Wy on Lone Tree Road where I filmed the tornado warned cell with strong rotation was observed and was made into a time...
June 4th, 2014: Nebraska Panhandle Severe Storms & Funnel!
A marginal day for severe weather yields a nice cluster of severe storms in far west Nebraska near Kimball. Had a funnel, damaging hail, and stunning structu...
SUPERCELL EPIC, NEBRASKA PANHANDLE
May 19, 2014 Southern Nebraska Panhandle supercell.
Supercells In Motion 3: Nebraska Panhandle
Time lapse of a low-precipitation supercell that tracked across the southern NE Panhandle into extreme northeast CO on 1 June 2008. Note the strengthening me...
1981 Disney Film Crew in the Nebraska Panhandle
News story from the NTV network which served Central and Western Nebraska and northern Kansas. The various stations were affiliated with ABC in 1981. In this...
Tornado Nebraska Panhandle
Tornadoes can be small like this one, still fun to catch, this was just a quick 2 hour chase and back home for Tornado Tim www.tornadochaser.net.
Nebraska Panhandle and Eastern Colorado Chase on 6/19/11
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:32:59 -0800
A woman wanted by Idaho authorities has been arrested in the Nebraska Panhandle. Station KDUH reports that Rhiannon Evans was found in Scottsbluff on Monday. The warrant alleges sexual assault of a minor. It's unclear whether Evans has an attorney.
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:03:45 -0800
Kathleen "K.J." Hutchinson's last day in office was Wednesday. She'd been re-elected without opposition in November to her fourth term. County officials declined to comment on the reasons for the prosecutor's departure. A home phone listed for her was ...
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:08:05 -0800
Some areas of the Nebraska Panhandle and eastern Wyoming received record precipitation and record snow on Christmas Day. Cheyenne received a record 6.8 inches of snow, compared with the previous record of 3 inches. That translated into a record ...
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:22:05 -0800
Garrett's bill is one of the bad ideas, according to a law enforcement officer from Nebraska's Panhandle. “This is your gateway into the legalization of marijuana for recreation,” said Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman. “They did the same thing ...
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:55:02 -0800
To date, Corral said swift fox have been photographed in 33 different locations, mostly in the northwest area of the Nebraska panhandle. Corral said the cameras have also documented more than 25 species of mammals and several bird species as well.
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:33:45 -0800
(Chadron)-January is National Radon Action Month, and PPHD is kicking off a radon test kit contest for area businesses belonging to the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council. Test kits will also be available at area health fairs to draw attention to ...
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:09:35 -0800
They were trucked in from Rimrock Ranch near Crawford in the Nebraska Panhandle. Two bulls are expected to join them this week. "When you're a bull, you travel on your own schedule. All a human can offer is encouragement," said Chuck Cooper, ...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:07:14 -0800
Baca says some people are concerned because only three providers are available to South Dakotans, and only two providers are available to Nebraska Panhandle citizens, but she says there are 38 different plans from those providers and assistance is also ...
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