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Merrick County
County of Merrick
Merrick County Courthouse in Central City
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
Established November 4, 1858
Organized April 18, 1864
Named for Elvira Merrick
County seat Central City
Largest city Central City
Area
 • Total 494 sq mi (1,280 km2)
 • Land 485 sq mi (1,260 km2)
 • Water 9.6 sq mi (25 km2)  1.9%
Highest elevation
1,880 ft (570 m)
Lowest elevation
1,345 ft (410 m)
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
7,733
 • Density 16.3/sq mi (6.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code 308
FIPS code 31121
GNIS feature ID 835882
Website merrickcounty.ne.gov
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A map of Merrick County, Nebraska

Merrick County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 7,845. Its county seat is Central City.

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

In the Nebraska license plate system, Merrick County is represented by the prefix 46 (it had the 46th-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Merrick County was formed in 1858 and organized in 1864. It was named for Elvira Merrick, the maiden name of the wife of territorial legislator Henry W. DePuy, who introduced the bill that created the county.

When first formed, the county was bounded on the south by the Platte River, and by straight lines on the north, east, and west. It thus included 180 square miles (470 km2) of the Pawnee Reservation, established one year before the county. In 1873, the state legislature removed these reservation lands from the county, leaving it with a jagged northern border from which narrow panhandles extended northward from the northeast and northwest corners. In 1897, the Pawnee Reservation became Nance County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 494 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 485 square miles (1,260 km2) is land and 9.6 square miles (25 km2) (1.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • N-14.svg Nebraska Highway 14
  • N-22.svg Nebraska Highway 22
  • N-39.svg Nebraska Highway 39
  • N-92.svg Nebraska Highway 92

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 109
1870 557 411.0%
1880 5,341 858.9%
1890 8,758 64.0%
1900 9,255 5.7%
1910 10,379 12.1%
1920 10,763 3.7%
1930 10,619 −1.3%
1940 9,354 −11.9%
1950 8,812 −5.8%
1960 8,363 −5.1%
1970 8,751 4.6%
1980 8,945 2.2%
1990 8,049 −10.0%
2000 8,204 1.9%
2010 7,845 −4.4%
2018 (est.) 7,733 −1.4%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 8,204 people, 3,209 households, and 2,307 families in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 3,649 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,209 households, out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

The county population contained 27.50% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,961, and the median income for a family was $39,729. Males had a median income of $26,998 versus $19,828 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,958. About 7.00% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Central
  • Chapman
  • Clarksville
  • Lone Tree
  • Loup
  • Mead
  • Midland
  • Prairie Creek
  • Prairie Island
  • Silver Creek
  • Vieregg
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