Humboldt is a city in Richardson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 877 at the 2010 census.
Humboldt was platted in 1868. It was named after Humboldt, Tennessee, where an early settler had stayed while fighting in the Civil War.
In December 1993, Humboldt was the site of a triple murder, including the rape and murder of Brandon Teena, a transgender man.
Three Ball Charlie, pictured on the cover of The Rolling Stones' album "Exile on Main St.," grew up in Humboldt.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.33 square miles (3.44 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 877 people, 385 households, and 213 families living in the city. The population density was 659.4 inhabitants per square mile (254.6/km2). There were 470 housing units at an average density of 353.4 per square mile (136.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.5% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 385 households, of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.7% were non-families.