Gothenburg is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Lexington, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,619 at the 2000 census. Gothenburg was founded in 1882 by Olof Bergstrom and is noted for its Swedish heritage. Gothenburg, Nebraska is named after Gothenburg, Sweden. Gothenburg is also where Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek attended high school.
Gothenburg is located at (40.931560, -100.159381).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.93%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,619 people, 1,457 households, and 989 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,422.6 people per square mile (550.1/km²). There were 1,575 housing units at an average density of 619.1/sq mi (239.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White
, 0.44% African American
, 0.33% Native American
, 0.17% Asian
, 1.22% from other races
, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.62% of the population. 45.4% were of German
, 11.0% Swedish
, 10.9% Irish
and 8.9% American
ancestry according to Census 2000
There were 1,457 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,990, and the median income for a family was $40,729. Males had a median income of $31,589 versus $20,162 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,034. About 6.1% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
Points of Interest
- The Pony Express Trail runs through Gothenburg. There are two original Pony Express Stations in Gothenburg. In 1931, one station was donated to the city moved to Ehmen Park in central Gothenburg. The station is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June-August and 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. in May and September. Admission is free. The second station is located on the Lower 96 Ranch four miles south of Gothenburg in its original location and is open on a limited basis.
- Swedish Crosses Cemetery, a cemetery where wrought iron crosses mark the graves of three children of Swedish immigrants is located two miles north and two miles west of Gothenburg.
- Lake Helen Recreational Park and RV Park.
- Wild Horse Golf Club is located northwest of Gothenburg and is infamous for its high winds, fast greens, and "wooga", or the native grass that is used as the second cut. Golf Week Magazine rated it #1 "Best Course Under $50" as well as 21st Best Modern Course in the United States.
- The Gothenburg Historical Museum was recently opened in the summer of 2007. It contains many historical artifacts from the Dawson County area.
- Gothenburg Public Schools, whose current facility was constructed in 2003.