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Hitchcock County, Nebraska
Map

Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1873
Seat Trenton
Largest village Culbertson
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
710 sq mi (1,839 km²)
8.5 sq mi (22 km²), 1.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

2,908
4.1/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.hitchcockcounty.ne.gov/
Named for: Phineas Hitchcock

Hitchcock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,908. Its county seat is Trenton.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Hitchcock County is represented by the prefix 67 (it had the sixty-seventh-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Hitchcock County was formed in 1873. It was named after the US Senator Phineas Warren Hitchcock. The Massacre Canyon battle between Sioux and Pawnee took place on August 5, 1873 at a spot three miles East of Trenton.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 710 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 8.5 square miles (22 km2) (1.2%) is water.

Lakes

  • Swanson Lake: formed by a dam on the Republican River, roughly halfway between Stratton and Trenton.

Major highways

  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • N-17.svg Nebraska Highway 17
  • N-25.svg Nebraska Highway 25
  • N-25A.svg Nebraska Highway 25A

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,012
1890 5,799 473.0%
1900 4,409 −24.0%
1910 5,415 22.8%
1920 6,045 11.6%
1930 7,269 20.2%
1940 6,404 −11.9%
1950 5,867 −8.4%
1960 4,829 −17.7%
1970 4,051 −16.1%
1980 4,079 0.7%
1990 3,750 −8.1%
2000 3,111 −17.0%
2010 2,908 −6.5%
Est. 2015 2,883 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,111 people, 1,287 households, and 899 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,675 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.36% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,287 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 27.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 22.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,287, and the median income for a family was $34,490. Males had a median income of $25,833 versus $18,879 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,804. About 10.90% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.90% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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