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Howard County, Nebraska
Map

Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1871
Seat St. Paul
Largest City St. Paul
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

576 sq mi (1,492 km²)
569 sq mi (1,474 km²)
6.3 sq mi (16 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

6,274
11/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.howardcounty.ne.gov
Named for: Oliver O. Howard

Howard County is a county located in the state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,274. Its county seat is St. Paul. The county was formed in 1871 and named after the Union General Oliver Otis Howard.

Howard County is part of the Grand Island, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Howard County is represented by the prefix 49 (it had the forty-ninth-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 576 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 569 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • N-11.svg Nebraska Highway 11
  • N-22.svg Nebraska Highway 22
  • N-58.svg Nebraska Highway 58
  • N-92.svg Nebraska Highway 92

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 4,391
1890 9,430 114.8%
1900 10,343 9.7%
1910 10,783 4.3%
1920 10,739 −0.4%
1930 10,020 −6.7%
1940 8,422 −15.9%
1950 7,226 −14.2%
1960 6,541 −9.5%
1970 6,807 4.1%
1980 6,773 −0.5%
1990 6,057 −10.6%
2000 6,567 8.4%
2010 6,274 −4.5%
Est. 2015 6,409 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,567 people, 2,546 households, and 1,797 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,782 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.69% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,546 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.00% 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 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.30% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,305, and the median income for a family was $40,259. Males had a median income of $27,270 versus $19,587 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,535. About 8.50% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

  • St. Paul (county seat)

Villages

Census-designated place

  • St. Libory

Unincorporated communities


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