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Dixon County, Nebraska
Map

Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1858
Seat Ponca
Largest City Wakefield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

483 sq mi (1,251 km²)
476 sq mi (1,233 km²)
6.7 sq mi (17 km²), 1.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

6,000
13/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.dixon.ne.us

Dixon County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,000. Its county seat is Ponca. The county was created in 1856 and attached to Dakota County. It was organized in 1858.

Dixon County is part of the Sioux City, IA–NE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Dixon County is represented by the prefix 35 (it had the 35th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 483 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 476 square miles (1,230 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 20.svg U.S. Highway 20
  • N-9.svg Nebraska Highway 9
  • N-12.svg Nebraska Highway 12
  • N-15.svg Nebraska Highway 15
  • N-35.svg Nebraska Highway 35
  • N-116.svg Nebraska Highway 116

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Missouri National Recreational River (part)

History

Dixon County was formed in 1856. Dixon was named for an early settler.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 274
1870 1,345 390.9%
1880 4,177 210.6%
1890 8,084 93.5%
1900 10,535 30.3%
1910 11,477 8.9%
1920 11,815 2.9%
1930 11,586 −1.9%
1940 10,413 −10.1%
1950 9,129 −12.3%
1960 8,106 −11.2%
1970 7,453 −8.1%
1980 7,137 −4.2%
1990 6,143 −13.9%
2000 6,339 3.2%
2010 6,000 −5.3%
Est. 2015 5,797 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,339 people, 2,413 households, and 1,705 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 2,673 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.64% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 3.79% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 5.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.5% were of German, 10.4% Irish, 8.5% Swedish, 5.9% American, 5.9% Norwegian and 5.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,413 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.90% 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 2.58 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,201, and the median income for a family was $41,122. Males had a median income of $27,784 versus $20,573 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,350. About 7.50% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.40% of those under age 18 and 9.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Clark
  • Concord
  • Daily
  • Emerson
  • Galena
  • Hooker
  • Logan
  • Newcastle
  • Ottercreek
  • Ponca
  • Silvercreek
  • Springbank
  • Wakefield

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