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The City of Chadron had a population of 5,800 as of July 1, 2017. Chadron ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Chadron is located at latitude 42.826 and longitude -103.0023 in Dawes County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chadron (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Dawes County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,379 feet.

The City of Chadron (GNIS ID: 2393793) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Chadron is located within Election Precinct 03, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dawes County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chadron 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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Chadron, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,800
Daytime Population: Workers 3,442
Daytime Population: Residents 2,845
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,287
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.08
Population in Households 5,011
Population in Familes 3,461
Population in Group Qrtrs 789
Population Density2 1,494
Diversity Index3 32


Median Household Income $44,189
Average Household Income $52,896
Per Capita Income $22,206


Total Housing Units 2,586 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,126 (43.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,163 (45.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 298 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $121,077
Average Home Value $137,167


Total Households 2,288
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 1,179
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 -0.12% -0.38%
Households -0.11% -0.38%
Families -0.17% -0.57%
Median Household Income   0.95%
Per Capita Income   1.51%

Chadron, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chadron 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 # 30 95th
Population Density # 105 82nd
Diversity Index # 66 89th
Median Household Income # 427 27th
Per Capita Income # 544 6th

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