Friend is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,027.
The city is named for Charles E. Friend who homesteaded the land and initially named the community Friendville. He operated a dry goods store and post office. In 1873 the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad named its new train station there "Friend."
The National Greyhound Association was founded in the community in 1906 (called at the time National Coursing Association).
The Friend Police Department, which was initially housed in a tool shed during construction of U.S. Route 6, was reported to be the smallest police station in the world according to Ripley's Believe It or Not. In the 1960s, the shed doubled in size so the Nebraska State Patrol could also be stationed there. Friend still claims to have the smallest combined police station.
Friend is located at 40°39′8″N 97°17′9″W (40.652095, -97.285731).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.83 square miles (2.15 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,027 people, 431 households, and 292 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,237.3 inhabitants per square mile (477.7/km2). There were 501 housing units at an average density of 603.6 per square mile (233.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races.