Clay County, Nebraska facts for kids
|Clay County, Nebraska|
Location in the state of Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
572 sq mi (1,481 km²)
1.2 sq mi (3 km²), 0.2%
11/sq mi (4/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
|Named for: Henry Clay|
Clay County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,542. Its county seat is Clay Center. The county was formed in 1855 and later organized in 1871. It was named after Henry Clay, a member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.
In the Nebraska license plate system, Clay County is represented by the prefix 30 (it had the thirtieth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 574 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 572 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.
- Fillmore County, Nebraska (east)
- Nuckolls County, Nebraska (south)
- Adams County, Nebraska (west)
- Hamilton County, Nebraska (north)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,039 people, 2,756 households, and 1,981 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,066 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.57% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 1.24% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 3.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.4% were of German, 7.2% English, 7.2% American, 5.4% Swedish and 5.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,756 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.70% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,259, and the median income for a family was $39,541. Males had a median income of $28,321 versus $19,870 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,870. About 8.50% of families and 10.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.40% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.
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