Tecumseh was originally called Frances, and under the latter name was established in 1856. Frances was the name of the wife of Col. Richard M Johnson, the namesake of Johnson County. Shortly after being founded, the name was changed to Tecumseh after the Native American chief said to have been killed by Johnson during the Battle of the Thames. The Nebraska Territorial Legislature established Tecumseh as the county seat in February 1857.
Tecumseh is located at 40°22′12″N 96°11′30″W (40.370061, -96.191639). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.50 square miles (3.88 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, 1,677 people, 722 households, and 447 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,118.0 inhabitants per square mile (431.7/km2). The 887 housing units averaged 591.3 per square mile (228.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.5% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 12.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 16.2% of the population.
Of the 722 households, 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.1% were not families; 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.
The median age in the city was 44.8 years; 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 23.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, 1,716 people, 729 households, and 446 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,159.5 people per square mile (447.7/km²). The 854 housing units averaged 577.0 per square mile (222.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.36% White, 0.06% African American, 0.58% Native American, 5.59% Asian, 5.07% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.53% of the population.
Of the 729 households, 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were not families. About 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city, the population was distributed as 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.
As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $31,844, and for a family was $42,337. Males had a median income of $27,228 versus $19,896 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,194. About 8.4% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.
The town was used largely for the setting of the miniseries Amerika, which depicted life in a small American town after a successful takeover by the Soviet Union.Dennis Aust, baseball player
Betsy Baker, oldest ever verified person in the world at the time of her death in 1955 at the age of 113
Tony Davis, professional football player
Peirson M. Hall, a federal judge who lived in a Tecumseh orphanage
Walter Kiechel III, managing editor of Fortune magazine, author of The Lords of Strategy, born in Tecumseh
Virgil A. Martin, Los Angeles, California, City Council member (1927–31), born in Tecumseh
Ronald Schafer, electrical engineer and author of many textbooks on digital signal processing and audio analysis
Bob Stitt, head football coach at the University of Montana