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Knox County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1857
Seat Center
Largest City Creighton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,140 sq mi (2,953 km²)
1,108 sq mi (2,870 km²)
31 sq mi (80 km²), 2.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

8,701
7.9/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.knox.ne.us
Named for: Henry Knox

Knox County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,701. Its county seat is Center.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Knox County is represented by the prefix 12 (it had the 12th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Knox County was organized by the Territorial Legislature in 1857, and named L'Eau Qui Court, that being the French name for the river named by the Indians Niobrara—both names meaning, in English, Running Water. The name was changed to Knox by a statute passed February 21, 1873, which took effect April 1, 1873.

Knox County was named after Major General Henry Knox.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,140 square miles (3,000 km2), of which 1,108 square miles (2,870 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (2.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • N-12.svg Nebraska Highway 12
  • N-13.svg Nebraska Highway 13
  • N-14.svg Nebraska Highway 14
  • N-59.svg Nebraska Highway 59
  • N-84.svg Nebraska Highway 84
  • N-121.svg Nebraska Highway 121

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Missouri National Recreational River (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 152
1870 261 71.7%
1880 3,666 1,304.6%
1890 8,582 134.1%
1900 14,343 67.1%
1910 18,358 28.0%
1920 18,894 2.9%
1930 19,110 1.1%
1940 16,478 −13.8%
1950 14,820 −10.1%
1960 13,300 −10.3%
1970 11,723 −11.9%
1980 11,457 −2.3%
1990 9,534 −16.8%
2000 9,374 −1.7%
2010 8,701 −7.2%
Est. 2015 8,543 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,374 people, 3,811 households, and 2,595 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,773 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.63% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 7.12% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,811 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 29.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 21.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 23.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,564, and the median income for a family was $34,073. Males had a median income of $23,373 versus $18,319 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,971. About 12.50% of families and 15.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Addison
  • Bohemia
  • Central
  • Cleveland
  • Columbia
  • Creighton
  • Dolphin
  • Dowling
  • Eastern
  • Frankfort
  • Harrison
  • Herrick
  • Hill
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Miller
  • Morton
  • Niobrara
  • North Frankfort
  • Peoria
  • Raymond
  • Spade
  • Sparta
  • Union
  • Valley
  • Verdigre
  • Walnut Grove
  • Washington
  • Western

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