is a city in Saunders County
, United States
. The population was 3,942 at the 2000 census
. It is the county seat
of Saunders County
Beginning in February 1996, the city was denoted the location of the "home office
" that produces the top-10 list for David Letterman
's Late Show
program, having relocated from Grand Rapids, Michigan
. The town had lobbied Letterman for the status for months. It had the Nebraska legislature proclaim him an admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska, as well as inundate Letterman with letters, postcards, and bribes of flowers, clothing, animals, alcoholic beverages, shredded money, and free checkups at the Wahoo Medical Center. When Letterman jokingly said he wanted more, Wahoo sent him a '76 Ford Pinto
with a sofa attached to the hood, a wall clock made of cow droppings, and two of the town's teenagers, brothers Jeff and Josh Price. This brought some degree of fame and tourism to the town. The nightly recap of the show on the CBS
web site is titled The Wahoo Gazette
Baseball player Wahoo Sam Crawford and film producer Darryl F. Zanuck were born here, as well as composer Howard Hanson and 1958 Nobelist George Beadle (in Physiology/Medicine).
Wahoo is also the owner of the third-longest boys' high school basketball winning streak — 114 straight games — from 1987-88 thru the 1991-92 seasons. This feat spanned 5 seasons and 4 state basketball championships.
Wahoo is located at (41.213292, -96.619044).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,942 people, 1,583 households, and 992 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,841.1 people per square mile (711.2/km²). There were 1,669 housing units at an average density of 779.5/sq mi (301.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.40% White
, 0.15% African American
, 0.30% Native American
, 0.36% Asian
, 0.30% from other races
, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.84% of the population.
There were 1,583 households, out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39, and the average family size was 3.08.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,104, and the median income for a family was $46,094. Males had a median income of $31,729 versus $22,138 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,765. About 7.5% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.