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Adams County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1871
Seat Hastings
Largest City Hastings
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

564 sq mi (1,461 km²)
563 sq mi (1,458 km²)
1.0 sq mi (3 km²), 0.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

31,587
56/sq mi (22/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.adamscounty.org
Named for: John Adams

Adams County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,364. Its county seat is Hastings. The county was formed in 1867 and organized in 1871. It is named for John Adams, the second President of the United States.

Adams County comprises the Hastings, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Adams County is represented by the prefix 14 (it had the fourteenth-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 564 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 563 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • N-74.svg Nebraska Highway 74

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 19
1880 10,235 53,768.4%
1890 24,303 137.4%
1900 18,840 −22.5%
1910 20,900 10.9%
1920 22,621 8.2%
1930 26,275 16.2%
1940 24,576 −6.5%
1950 28,855 17.4%
1960 28,944 0.3%
1970 30,553 5.6%
1980 30,656 0.3%
1990 29,625 −3.4%
2000 31,151 5.2%
2010 31,364 0.7%
Est. 2015 31,587 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,151 people, 12,141 households, and 7,964 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 13,014 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.54% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.99% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 4.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.6% were of German, 7.9% Irish, 7.7% English and 7.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 12,141 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 11.90% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,160, and the median income for a family was $45,620. Males had a median income of $29,842 versus $21,236 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,308. About 5.50% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 6.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Ayr
  • Blaine
  • Cottonwood
  • Denver
  • Hanover
  • Highland
  • Juniata
  • Kenesaw
  • Little Blue
  • Logan
  • Roseland
  • Silver Lake
  • Verona
  • Wanda
  • West Blue
  • Zero

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