Bennet, seen from the south along Nebraska Highway 43
Location of Bennet, Nebraska
|Coordinates: 40°40′49″N 96°30′23″W|
|• Village Clerk||Pat Rule|
|• Total||0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)|
|• Land||0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||1,280 ft (390 m)|
|• Density||1,712.09/sq mi (661.10/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0827321|
Bennet was platted in 1871 when the railroad was extended to that point. The village was founded on land previously owned by William Roggenkamp as a station for a rail line being laid by the Midland Pacific Railway which ran from Lincoln to Nebraska City. It was originally named Bennett's Station for John Bennett, officer of the Midland Pacific Railway. In 1881, the village was incorporated as Bennet.
By the early 1900s, the village had become a prosperous commercial and social center for the area. At this time, the nearby town of Lincoln was still relatively small and remote. Beginning in the Great Depression, Bennet's population declined, local businesses closed, and many moved to cities for work.
Today, Bennet has a similar status as many former business centers in Lancaster County as Lincoln has become the political, financial, commercial, and cultural center of the county. However, Bennet has experienced a recent population growth as more and more people have begun living in Bennet despite working in Lincoln. According to a community-wide survey conducted in 1992, 76% of Bennet's residents commute to work in Lincoln. A recent survey indicated that 44% of people who moved to Bennet did so because of the small town atmosphere, citing a lower cost of living, cleaner air, and a good school system.
Bennet is located at 40°40′49″N 96°30′23″W (40.680349, -96.506355).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.51 square miles (1.32 km2), all of it land.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 719 people, 286 households, and 199 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,409.8 inhabitants per square mile (544.3/km2). There were 306 housing units at an average density of 600.0 per square mile (231.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.9% White, 0.1% Asian, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.
There were 286 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.4% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.
The median age in the village was 32.9 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.7% were from 25 to 44; 20.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 52.9% male and 47.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 570 people, 222 households, and 174 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,339.7 people per square mile (511.8/km²). There were 231 housing units at an average density of 542.9 per square mile (207.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.25% White, 0.18% African American, 0.18% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.
There were 222 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the village, the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the village was $42,237, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $32,045 versus $21,176 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,280. About 2.8% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.
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- Lancaster A photoblog from Bennet, Lancaster County, Nebraska