Clay Center, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Clay Center, Nebraska - Basic Facts

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The City of Clay Center had a population of 698 as of July 1, 2017. Clay Center ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Clay Center is located at latitude 40.5255 and longitude -98.055 in Clay County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clay Center (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.73 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Clay County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,788 feet.

The City of Clay Center (GNIS ID: 837923) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Clay Center population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Clay Center, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 698
Daytime Population: Workers 576
Daytime Population: Residents 325
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 901
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.29
Population in Households 693
Population in Familes 569
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density2 955
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $48,479
Average Household Income $60,631
Per Capita Income $26,927


Total Housing Units 360 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 240 (66.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 69 (19.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 52 (14.4%)
Median Home Value $91,919
Average Home Value $106,875


Total Households 308
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 199
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -1.17% -0.85%
Households -1.03% -0.79%
Families -1.0% -0.92%
Median Household Income   1.47%
Per Capita Income   2.8%

Clay Center, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clay Center to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 161 72nd
Population Density # 244 58th
Diversity Index # 129 78th
Median Household Income # 338 42nd
Per Capita Income # 354 39th

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