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Hamilton County, Nebraska
Map

Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1870
Seat Aurora
Largest City Aurora
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

547 sq mi (1,417 km²)
544 sq mi (1,409 km²)
4.1 sq mi (11 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

9,124
17/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.hamilton.ne.us
Named for: Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton County is a county located in the U.S. state Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,124. Its county seat is Aurora. The county was named for Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury.

Hamilton County is included in the Grand Island, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Hamilton County is represented by the prefix 28 (it had the twenty-eighth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

The first permanent settlers arrived in Hamilton County in 1866. Hamilton County was created in 1867 and later organized in 1870. It was named after Alexander Hamilton.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 547 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 543 square miles (1,410 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • N-2.svg Nebraska Highway 2
  • N-14.svg Nebraska Highway 14
  • N-66.svg Nebraska Highway 66

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 130
1880 8,267 6,259.2%
1890 14,096 70.5%
1900 13,330 −5.4%
1910 13,459 1.0%
1920 13,237 −1.6%
1930 12,159 −8.1%
1940 9,982 −17.9%
1950 8,778 −12.1%
1960 8,714 −0.7%
1970 8,867 1.8%
1980 9,301 4.9%
1990 8,862 −4.7%
2000 9,403 6.1%
2010 9,124 −3.0%
Est. 2015 9,190 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,403 people, 3,503 households, and 2,676 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 3,850 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.43% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,503 households out of which 37.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.40% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.60% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,277, and the median income for a family was $45,659. Males had a median income of $29,238 versus $20,308 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,590. About 5.90% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 5.40% of those age 65 or over.

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Census-designated place


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