Bancroft, Nebraska

According to Ezinesports, Bancroft, Nebraska is a small town located in the northeastern corner of the state. It is part of Cuming County and has a population of approximately 500 people. The town was established in 1876 and is named after Bancroft, Iowa, which was named after George Bancroft, an American historian and statesman.

The town’s main street features several businesses, including a post office, grocery store, hardware store, bank, library, several restaurants and cafes, a barber shop and beauty salon. There are also several churches in the area that serve as gathering places for members of the community.

The town’s most popular attraction is its annual Fourth of July celebration which features fireworks displays and other festivities. The local school district serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are two elementary schools (Bancroft Elementary School and St Marys Elementary School), one middle school (Bancroft Middle School), and one high school (Bancroft High School).

According to Fashionissupreme, the town also has several parks with playgrounds for children to enjoy. These include Bancroft City Park which includes a swimming pool; Mill Creek Park; and Westside Park which includes baseball fields as well as basketball courts. Bancroft hosts many events throughout the year such as car shows, parades, festivals and more. The town also hosts an annual rodeo that brings in competitors from all over the region for competitions in calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding events.

The people of Bancroft are friendly and welcoming to visitors who come to explore this charming small town with its strong sense of community spirit. With its close proximity to Omaha (just over an hour away) it makes for an ideal day trip or weekend getaway destination where you can experience life in rural America at its finest.

Bancroft, Nebraska

Population: 520. Estimated population in July 2020: 490 (-5.8% change)
Males: 257 (49.4%), Females: 263 (50.6%)

Cuming County

Zip code: 68004

Median resident age: 38.8 years
Median household income: $28,500
Median house value: $44,100

Races in Bancroft:

  • White Non-Hispanic (97.7%)
  • American Indian (1.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (0.6%)

Ancestries: German (68.7%), English (9.0%), Irish (9.0%), Swedish (7.3%), United States (5.0%), Norwegian (4.4%).

Elevation: 1340 feet

Land area: 0.4 square miles


For population 25 years and over in Bancroft

  • High school or higher: 75.4%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 18.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.1%
  • Unemployed: 0.9%
  • Mean travel time to work: 19.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bancroft village

  • Never married: 17.1%
  • Now married: 58.5%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 17.8%
  • Divorced: 6.6%

0.4% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +24 (+4.8%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Bancroft:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Bancroft:

  • SIOUX GATEWAY/COL. BUD DAY FIELD (about 30 miles; SIOUX CITY, IA; Abbreviation: SUX)
  • KARL STEFAN MEMORIAL (about 60 miles; NORFOLK, NE; Abbreviation: OFK)
  • EPPLEY AIRFIELD (about 69 miles; OMAHA, NE; Abbreviation: OMA)

Other public-use airports nearest to Bancroft:

  • PENDER MUNI (about 12 miles; PENDER, NE; Abbreviation: 0C4)
  • SCRIBNER STATE (about 29 miles; SCRIBNER, NE; Abbreviation: SCB)
  • MARTIN FIELD (about 32 miles; SO SIOUX CITY, NE; Abbreviation: 7K8)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bancroft:

  • WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 31 miles; SIOUX CITY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,639)
  • WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (about 35 miles; WAYNE, NE; Full-time enrollment: 3,026)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA (about 57 miles; OMAHA, NE; Full-time enrollment: 10,150)
  • CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY (about 57 miles; OMAHA, NE; Full-time enrollment: 5,806)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER (about 57 miles; OMAHA, NE; Full-time enrollment: 2,448)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA (about 61 miles; VERMILLION, SD; Full-time enrollment: 6,014)
  • METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AREA (about 65 miles; OMAHA, NE; Full-time enrollment: 6,175)


Public high school in Bancroft:

  • HIGH SCHOOL AT BANCROFT (Students: 113; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Bancroft:

  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT BANCROFT (Students: 138; Grades: PK – 06)
  • JUNIOR HIGH SCH AT BANCROFT (Students: 51; Grades: 07 – 08)

Private primary/middle school in Bancroft:

  • ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 18; Location: 1710 20TH ROAD; Grades: KG – 8)


Library in Bancroft:

  • BANCROFT PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $18,357; Location: 103 POPLAR; 8,400 books; 125 audio materials; 450 video materials; 17 serial subscriptions)