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Greeley County, Nebraska
Map

Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1872
Seat Greeley
Largest village Spalding
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

571 sq mi (1,479 km²)
570 sq mi (1,476 km²)
0.8 sq mi (2 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

2,538
4.5/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.greeleycounty.ne.gov/
Named for: Horace Greeley

Greeley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,538. Its county seat is Greeley.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Greeley County is represented by the prefix 62 (it had the sixty-second-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Greeley County was created in 1871 and organized in 1872. It was named after Horace Greeley, a newspaper editor and politician of the mid-19th century. Greeley encouraged western settlement with the motto "Go West, young man".

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 571 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 570 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • N-11.svg Nebraska Highway 11
  • N-22.svg Nebraska Highway 22
  • N-56.svg Nebraska Highway 56
  • N-91.svg Nebraska Highway 91

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,461
1890 4,869 233.3%
1900 5,691 16.9%
1910 8,047 41.4%
1920 8,685 7.9%
1930 8,442 −2.8%
1940 6,845 −18.9%
1950 5,575 −18.6%
1960 4,595 −17.6%
1970 4,000 −12.9%
1980 3,462 −13.5%
1990 3,006 −13.2%
2000 2,714 −9.7%
2010 2,538 −6.5%
Est. 2015 2,429 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,714 people, 1,077 households, and 734 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,199 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.94% White, 0.66% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,077 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 21.60% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 23.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,375, and the median income for a family was $34,159. Males had a median income of $22,036 versus $17,056 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,731. About 11.90% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.10% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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