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Gothenburg is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Lexington, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,574 at the 2010 census.HistoryGothenburg, Nebraska is named after Gothenburg, Sweden, and is noted for its Swedish heritage. Gothenburg, Nebraska, and Gothenburg, Sweden, are believed to be the only two cities named Gothenburg in the world.Gothenburg was founded in 1882 by Olof Bergstrom, a native of Hassela, in Gävleborg County, Sweden. After coming to America from Sweden in 1881, Bergstrom worked for a time on the Union Pacific Railroad, then homesteaded in Dawson County near Gothenburg. He eventually became a land agent for the UP. Bergstrom selected the site that was to become Gothenburg and located a farmstead about a mile north. The Union Pacific Railroad laid out the original town of eight blocks parallel to the railroad tracks. Bergstrom made several return trips to Sweden to lead groups of settlers to Dawson County.GeographyGothenburg is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.64sqmi, of which, 3.59sqmi is land and 0.05sqmi is water.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 3,574 people, 1,494 households, and 974 families residing in the city. The population density was 995.5PD/sqmi. There were 1,664 housing units at an average density of 463.5/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.
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