Tekamah (pronounced "teh-KAY-muh") is a city in Burt County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,736 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Burt County.
Tekamah was founded in October 1854 by Benjamin R. Folsom, and incorporated on March 14, 1855. The name is derived from the Omaha language, meaning "big cottonwood". Its development was stimulated by construction of railroads through the area, such as the Chicago & North Western, which have since been taken out of Tekamah.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.32 square miles (3.42 km2), all land.
This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Tekamah has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfa" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,736 people, 715 households, and 478 families living in the city. The population density was 1,315.2 inhabitants per square mile (507.8/km2). There were 818 housing units at an average density of 619.7 per square mile (239.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.