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"Birthplace of Kool-Aid"

Hastings is a city in Adams County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Col. D.T. Hastings of the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad.

The latitude of Hastings is 40.586N. The longitude is -98.388W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,926 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,536.


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Median household income
Local
$35,461
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Hastings demographic reports
Hastings is south of the Platte River.
Founded in 1872 at the junction of two railroads
Edwin E. Perkins manufactured a liquid product called Fruit Smack in cherry, grape, lemon, orange, root beer and raspberry flavors. To lower shipping costs and the risk of breakage, he reduced the product to a powder and renamed it Kool-Aid

Local landmarks include the Fisher/Rainbow Fountain, which is illuminated in summer months

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 31. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 1.3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Sandy Dennis, actress
Local festivals include:
  • Kool-Aid Days - Aug 10-12, 2007
  • Cottonwood Festival - June 15-17, 2007
  • Nebraska Country Music Festival - Oct. 14-20, 2007
  • Adams County Fair - July 25-29, 2007
  • Miles of Memories Country MusicFest - Sept. 6-8, 2007
  • Oregon Trail Rodeo - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
Dates often change. Check Hastings web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Asmat Museum at the Crosier Monastery, Naval Ammunition Depot, Oregon Trail Historical Marker/Grave
Colleges and universities: Hastings College, Central Community College - Hastings
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Hastings demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Adams County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 68901 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

36% of Hastings residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hastings ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hastings was $17,941, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

20% of Hastings residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Hastings, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $368.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $757.


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Libraries in Hastings include Hastings Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Hastings include Hastings Tribune

TV stations in Hastings include KHAS, KHNE.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KHNE-FM.

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Adams County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Hastings political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Hastings workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hastings between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Hastings include Comfort Inn, Days Inn Hastings, Holiday Inn, Super 8.

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