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Garfield County
Garfield County Courthouse in Burwell
Garfield County Courthouse in Burwell
Map of Nebraska highlighting Garfield 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 1884
Named for James A. Garfield
Seat Burwell
Largest city Burwell
Area
 • Total 571 sq mi (1,480 km2)
 • Land 570 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
2,016
 • Density 3.5/sq mi (1.4/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Garfield County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 2,049. Its county seat is Burwell. The county was organized in 1884; it was named for James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Garfield County is represented by the prefix 83 (it had the 83rd-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 571 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 570 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • N-11.svg Nebraska Highway 11
  • N-70.svg Nebraska Highway 70
  • N-91.svg Nebraska Highway 91
  • N-96.svg Nebraska Highway 96

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,659
1900 2,127 28.2%
1910 3,417 60.6%
1920 3,496 2.3%
1930 3,207 −8.3%
1940 3,444 7.4%
1950 2,912 −15.4%
1960 2,699 −7.3%
1970 2,411 −10.7%
1980 2,363 −2.0%
1990 2,141 −9.4%
2000 1,902 −11.2%
2010 2,049 7.7%
Est. 2017 2,016 −1.6%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 1,902 people, 813 households, and 529 families in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 1,021 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.79% White, 0.21% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 813 households, out of which 26.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 3.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.90% were non-families. 32.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.88.

The county population contained 23.50% under the age of 18, 4.40% from 18 to 24, 20.50% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 24.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,407, and the median income for a family was $34,762. Males had a median income of $24,563 versus $16,146 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,368. About 9.70% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 18.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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