- Elkhorn, Nebraska
official_name = Elkhorn, Nebraska
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location of Elkhorn, Nebraska
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Douglas
area_total_km2 = 9.8
area_land_km2 = 9.7
area_water_km2 = 0.1
area_total_sq_mi = 3.8
area_land_sq_mi = 3.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 6062
population_density_km2 = 625.3
population_density_sq_mi = 1619.4
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 370
elevation_ft = 1214
latd = 41 |latm = 16 |lats = 43 |latNS = N
longd = 96 |longm = 14 |longs = 21 |longEW = W
Elkhorn was a city in Douglas County,
Nebraska, United Statesand is a present-day neighborhood on the western edge of Omaha. The population was 6,062 at the 2000 census and was estimated by the Census Bureau at 8,192 in 2005. The area was named after the river of Elkhorn or Elk's Horn, of the Omaha tribe. [(n.d) [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nedougla/html/dougcity.htm Towns & Cities in Douglas County] NeGenWeb.]
Elkhorn, founded in 1865 and platted in 1867, was a municipality until it was annexed by
Omahain 2005; nearly simultaneously, Elkhorn annexed several surrounding subdivisions in an attempt to bring the city's population above 10,000, which would have prevented a unilateral annexation by Omaha. On January 12, 2007, the Nebraska Supreme Courtruled in favor of Omaha, saying "…we conclude that Elkhorn ceased to exist as a separate municipality on March 24, 2005, the date that Omaha's annexation ordinance became effective." [cite web |url=http://www.court.state.ne.us/opinions/2007/january/jan12/s05-1006.pdf|title=City of Elkhorn V. City of Omaha|date= 2007-01-12|accessdate=2007-01-12] The United States Supreme Court denied Elkhorn's request to hear the case on February 22, 2007. [cite news|url=http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1636&u_sid=2312472|title=Elkhorn annexation ruling favors Omaha; Fahey offers assurances|first=Rick|last=Ruggles|coauthors=David Kotok|publisher= Omaha World-Herald|date= 2007-01-12|accessdate=2007-01-12] Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey said he tried for years to work with Elkhorn, whereby they would not be annexed if they would do no further annexing of their own. It was not until after losing the first round in the courts that Elkhorn contacted Omaha, wanting to reach an agreement. Omaha, having already invested so much money, refused at this point and continued the annexation. [cite news|url=http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=2337400|title=Fahey says Elkhorn forced hand on annexation|first=Karen|last=Sloan|publisher= Omaha World-Herald|date= 2007-02-25|accessdate=2007-02-25]
Elkhorn ceased to be an independent municipality on
1 March, 2007. [cite news|url=http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=2338767|title=Elkhorn takeover two days away|first=Rick|last=Ruggles|publisher= Omaha World-Herald|date= 2007-02-27|accessdate=2007-02-27]
Elkhorn is located at coor dms|41|16|43|N|96|14|21|W|city (41.278642, -96.239294)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 9.8 km²(3.8 mi²). 9.7 km² (3.7 mi²) of it was land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.80%) was water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 6,062 people, 2,000 households, and 1,681 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 625.8/km² (1,619.4/mi²). There were 2,034 housing units at an average density of 210.0/km² (543.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.75% White, 0.13% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.
There were 2,000 households out of which 46.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the city the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $67,234, and the median income for a family was $76,206. Males had a median income of $52,361 versus $31,655 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $29,129. About 1.6% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
* [http://www.angelfire.com/ne/elkhorn/History.htm Information on the history of Elkhorn]
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