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Butler County
County of Butler
Butler County Courthouse in David City
Butler County Courthouse in David City
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
Established January 26, 1856
Named for David Butler
County seat David City
Largest city David City
Area
 • Total 591 sq mi (1,530 km2)
 • Land 585 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Water 5.9 sq mi (15 km2)  1.0%
Highest elevation
1,739 ft (530 m)
Lowest elevation
902 ft (275 m)
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
8,058
 • Density 13.8/sq mi (5.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code 402/531
FIPS code 31023
GNIS feature ID 835833
Website www.co.butler.ne.us

Butler County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 8,395. Its county seat is David City. The county was created in 1856 and organized in 1868.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Butler County is represented by the prefix 25 (when the license plate system was established in 1922, it had the 25th-largest number of vehicles registered of all counties in the state).

In 2010, Nebraska's center of population was in Butler County, near the village of Rising City.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 591 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 585 square miles (1,520 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 81.svg U.S. Highway 81
  • N-15.svg Nebraska Highway 15
  • N-64.svg Nebraska Highway 64
  • N-66.svg Nebraska Highway 66
  • N-92.svg Nebraska Highway 92

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 27
1870 1,290 4,677.8%
1880 9,194 612.7%
1890 15,454 68.1%
1900 15,703 1.6%
1910 15,403 −1.9%
1920 14,606 −5.2%
1930 14,410 −1.3%
1940 13,106 −9.0%
1950 11,432 −12.8%
1960 10,312 −9.8%
1970 9,461 −8.3%
1980 9,330 −1.4%
1990 8,601 −7.8%
2000 8,767 1.9%
2010 8,395 −4.2%
2018 (est.) 8,058 −4.0%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 8,767 people, 3,426 households, and 2,350 families in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km2). There were 3,901 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.38% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. 1.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.1% were of German and 32.0% Czech ancestry.

There were 3,426 households, out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 5.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.13.

The county population contained 27.90% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 104.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,331, and the median income for a family was $44,441. Males had a median income of $28,856 versus $20,979 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,394. About 4.80% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Townships

  • Alexis
  • Bone Creek
  • Center
  • Franklin
  • Linwood
  • Oak Creek
  • Olive
  • Platte
  • Plum Creek
  • Read
  • Reading
  • Richardson
  • Savannah
  • Skull Creek
  • Summit
  • Ulysses
  • Union
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