Wahoo, Nebraska

Wahoo (/ˈwɑːˌhu/;[3] from Dakota wǧhu;[4] "arrow wood") is a city and county seat of Saunders County, Nebraska, United States.[5] The population was 4,508 at the 2010 census.

Wahoo, Nebraska
Memorial to World War II submarine USS Wahoo on front lawn of Saunders County Courthouse in Wahoo
Memorial to World War II submarine USS Wahoo on front lawn of Saunders County Courthouse in Wahoo
Motto: 
"Welcome You"
Location of Wahoo, Nebraska
Location of Wahoo, Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°13′N 96°37′W / 41.217°N 96.617°W / 41.217; -96.617Coordinates: 41°13′N 96°37′W / 41.217°N 96.617°W / 41.217; -96.617
CountryUnited States
StateNebraska
CountySaunders
Area
 • Total2.99 sq mi (7.75 km2)
 • Land2.99 sq mi (7.75 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,211 ft (369 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4,818
 • Density1,610.83/sq mi (621.98/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68066
Area code402
FIPS code31-50965
GNIS feature ID0834421 [2]
Websitewahoo.ne.us

HistoryEdit

Wahoo was founded in 1870. The town's name comes from the eastern wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus), a shrub found on the banks of Wahoo Creek.[6][7] The town was originally built up chiefly by predominantly Czech, German, and Scandinavian settlers.[8]

GeographyEdit

Wahoo is located at 41°13′N 96°37′W / 41.217°N 96.617°W / 41.217; -96.617 (41.21, -96.62).[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.65 square miles (6.86 km2), all land.[10]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,064
18902,00688.5%
19002,1004.7%
19102,1683.2%
19202,3387.8%
19302,68915.0%
19402,648−1.5%
19503,12818.1%
19603,61015.4%
19703,8356.2%
19803,555−7.3%
19903,6813.5%
20003,9427.1%
20104,50814.4%
20204,8186.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2012 Estimate[12]

2010 censusEdit

At the 2010 census there were 4,508 people, 1,801 households, and 1,131 families living in the city. The population density was 1,701.1 inhabitants per square mile (656.8/km2). There were 1,962 housing units at an average density of 740.4 per square mile (285.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5%.[13]

Of the 1,801 households 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 33.3% of households were one person and 16.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age was 38.7 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

2000 censusEdit

At the 2000 census, there were 3,942 people, 1,583 households, and 992 families living 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 per square mile (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 or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 1,583 households, 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 households were made up of individuals, and 19.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39, and the average family size was 3.08.

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% 65 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 household income was $35,104, and the median family income 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.

In popular cultureEdit

Beginning in February 1996, the city was denoted the location of the "home office" that produces the Top Ten 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 Letterman an admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska, and it inundated him 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. The nightly recap of the Top Ten List at the CBS website was titled The Wahoo Gazette.[14]

EducationEdit

Wahoo Public Schools operates the area public schools.

Wahoo was also the home of the now defunct John F. Kennedy College (1965–1975). In intercollegiate athletics, the school became nationally known as the inaugural winner of the tournament which later became known as the Women's College World Series in softball, claiming the first three national championships (1969–71).[15]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Rick Aschmann (May 2, 2018). "North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns". Aschmann.net. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 541.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). "Nebraska Place-Names". University of Nebraska Department of English. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  7. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 135.
  8. ^ "History". City of Wahoo, Nebraska. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Archived from the original on November 20, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  14. ^ Matteson, Cory. "From the home office in Wahoo, Neb., Letterman wooers remember 'Late Show,'" Lincoln (NE) Journal Star, Saturday, May 16, 2015.
  15. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  16. ^ "Governor Dave Heineman". Archived from the original on October 5, 2008.
  17. ^ Hulls, Tessa (August 21, 2017). "Fannie Quigley, the Alaska Gold Rush's All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  18. ^ Wilson, Earl (November 27, 1969). "Small Towns Have Produced Many Big Stars". The Milwaukee Sentinel. pp. A33. Retrieved May 22, 2015.

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