Cozad is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,163 at the 2000 census. The town is on the Great Plains of central Nebraska, along the Union Pacific Railroad and U.S. Highway 30, just north of the Platte River. The 100th meridian, which roughly marks the eastward boundary of the arid plains, passes through the town as is marked by a prominent sign across U.S. Highway 30. In the early 1860s, it was a stop along the Pony Express.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), all of it land. Cozad has gained recognition recently with its depiction in the Jack Nicholson movie "About Schmidt".
Cozad was settled by John J. Cozad, father of artist Robert Henri.
There were 1,722 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,392, and the median income for a family was $43,413. Males had a median income of $27,217 versus $20,089 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,139. About 9.8% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.