Ashland is a city in
County, Nebraska, United States.
The population was 2,262 at the 2000 census
Ashland is located at the site of a low-water limestone ledge along
the bottom of Salt Creek
otherwise mud-bottomed stream that was a formidable obstacle for
wagon trains on the great westward migrations of the late 1840s and
Oxbow Trail, a variant route of the Oregon
Trail, ran from Nebraska City (on the Missouri River) to Fort Kearny (on the
Platte River), where it joined the main
route of the Oregon Trail.
The limestone bottom of Salt
Creek at Ashland made it an excellent fording site. A trading post,
, developed at the ford. A village,
, was platted on the hills overlooking
the ford. These twin towns later incorporated as Ashland.
Ashland benefits by its proximity to Interstate 80 and the cities of Omaha and Lincoln.
While in some respects Ashland is becoming a "bedroom community" of
those much larger cities, it retains a rural character. That
coherence as a community, and a 30-minute drive to either of the
state's economic hubs, has led to a building boom in the late 1990s
and the 2000s.
Several tourist attractions are near Ashland, all along I-80:
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, the
and Space Museum, and the Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife
Safari (owned and operated by the Henry Doorly Zoo).
Ashland is the hometown of Clayton
, an astronaut.
Ashland is located at (41.040548, -96.372389) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,262
people, 877 households, and 591 families residing in the city. The
people per square mile (823.9/km²). There were 930 housing units at
an average density of 875.8/sq mi (338.8/km²). The racial
makeup of the city was 98.76% White
, 0.13% African American
, 0.18% from other races
, and 0.27% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.64%
of the population.
There were 877 households out of which 33.8% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married
living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 26.7% of all
households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age
of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to
64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,441, and the
median income for a family was $47,428. Males had a median income
of $32,339 versus $21,328 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$19,072. About 9.3% of families and 9.5% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 13.6%
of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.