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Gage County
Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice, 1976
Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice, 1976
Map of Nebraska highlighting Gage County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
Founded 1855 (authorized)
1857 (organized)
Seat Beatrice
Largest city Beatrice
Area
 • Total 860 sq mi (2,200 km2)
 • Land 852 sq mi (2,210 km2)
 • Water 8.5 sq mi (22 km2)  1.0%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
21,493
 • Density 25.4/sq mi (9.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Gage County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 22,311. Its county seat is Beatrice. The county was created in 1855 and organized in 1857. It was formed from land taken from the Otoe in an 1854 treaty. The county was named for W.D. Gage, a Methodist minister.

Gage County comprises the Beatrice, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also in the Lincoln-Beatrice, NE Combined Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Gage County is represented by the prefix 3 (it had the third-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 a total area of 860 square miles (2,200 km2), of which 851 square miles (2,200 km2) is land and 8.5 square miles (22 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • US 136.svg U.S. Highway 136
  • N-4.svg Nebraska Highway 4
  • N-8.svg Nebraska Highway 8
  • N-41.svg Nebraska Highway 41
  • N-43.svg Nebraska Highway 43
  • N-103.svg Nebraska Highway 103
  • N-112.svg Nebraska Highway 112

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 421
1870 3,359 697.9%
1880 13,164 291.9%
1890 36,344 176.1%
1900 30,051 −17.3%
1910 30,325 0.9%
1920 29,721 −2.0%
1930 30,242 1.8%
1940 29,588 −2.2%
1950 28,052 −5.2%
1960 26,818 −4.4%
1970 25,731 −4.1%
1980 24,456 −5.0%
1990 22,794 −6.8%
2000 22,993 0.9%
2010 22,311 −3.0%
2018 (est.) 21,493 −3.7%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 22,993 people, 9,316 households, and 6,204 families in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 10,030 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 56.6% were of German, 6.9% Irish, 6.3% English and 6.3% American ancestry.

There were 9,316 households, out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.

The county population contained 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,908, and the median income for a family was $43,072. Males had a median income of $29,680 versus $21,305 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,190. About 6.60% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Adams
  • Barneston
  • Blakely
  • Blue Springs-Wymore
  • Clatonia
  • Elm
  • Filley
  • Glenwood
  • Grant
  • Hanover
  • Highland
  • Holt
  • Hooker
  • Island Grove
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Midland
  • Nemaha
  • Paddock
  • Riverside
  • Rockford
  • Sherman
  • Sicily
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