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Kearney County
Kearney County Courthouse in Minden
Kearney County Courthouse in Minden
Map of Nebraska highlighting Kearney 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 1860
Named for Fort Kearny
Seat Minden
Largest city Minden
Area
 • Total 516 sq mi (1,340 km2)
 • Land 516 sq mi (1,340 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)  0.02%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
6,544
 • Density 12.7/sq mi (4.9/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Kearney County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 6,489. Its county seat is Minden. The county was formed in 1860. It was named for Fort Kearny, which in turn was named for Brigade General Stephen W. Kearny.

Kearney County is part of the Kearney Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Kearney County is represented by the prefix 52 (it had the 52nd-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 a total area of 516 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 516 square miles (1,340 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • N-10.svg Nebraska Highway 10
  • N-44.svg Nebraska Highway 44
  • N-74.svg Nebraska Highway 74

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 474
1870 58 −87.8%
1880 4,072 6,920.7%
1890 9,061 122.5%
1900 9,866 8.9%
1910 9,106 −7.7%
1920 8,583 −5.7%
1930 8,094 −5.7%
1940 6,854 −15.3%
1950 6,409 −6.5%
1960 6,580 2.7%
1970 6,707 1.9%
1980 7,053 5.2%
1990 6,629 −6.0%
2000 6,882 3.8%
2010 6,489 −5.7%
2018 (est.) 6,544 0.8%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 6,882 people, 2,643 households, and 1,902 families in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km2). There were 2,846 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.82% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 2.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,643 households, out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.90% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

The county population contained 80% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,247, and the median income for a family was $44,877. Males had a median income of $29,987 versus $20,081 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,118. About 5.50% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

Townships

  • Blaine
  • Cosmo
  • Eaton
  • Grant
  • Hayes
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Lowell
  • May
  • Mirage
  • Newark
  • Oneida
  • Sherman

Notable people

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