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Keith County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Keith County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1873
Seat Ogallala
Largest City Ogallala
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,110 sq mi (2,875 km²)
1,062 sq mi (2,751 km²)
48 sq mi (124 km²), 4.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

8,368
7.9/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.keithcountyne.gov/

Keith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,368. Its county seat is Ogallala.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Keith County is represented by the prefix 68 (it had the sixty-eighth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Keith County was formed in 1873. Sources differ on the Keith after whom it was named: either M. C. Keith of North Platte, whose grandson Keith Neville became Nebraska's 18th governor in 1917; or John Keith, also of North Platte.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,110 square miles (2,900 km2), of which 1,062 square miles (2,750 km2) is land and 48 square miles (120 km2) (4.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 26.svg U.S. Highway 26
  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • N-61.svg Nebraska Highway 61
  • N-92.svg Nebraska Highway 92

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 194
1890 2,556 1,217.5%
1900 1,951 −23.7%
1910 3,692 89.2%
1920 5,294 43.4%
1930 6,721 27.0%
1940 8,333 24.0%
1950 7,449 −10.6%
1960 7,958 6.8%
1970 8,487 6.6%
1980 9,364 10.3%
1990 8,584 −8.3%
2000 8,875 3.4%
2010 8,368 −5.7%
Est. 2015 8,063 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,875 people, 3,707 households, and 2,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,178 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.75% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 1.49% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 4.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,707 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.60% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.50% 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 25.30% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,325, and the median income for a family was $39,118. Males had a median income of $26,523 versus $19,024 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,421. About 6.60% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Former Communities

  • Bertha
  • Korty
  • Megeath
  • Oren
  • Pickard
  • Plano

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