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Morrill County
Morrill County Courthouse in Bridgeport
Morrill County Courthouse in Bridgeport
Map of Nebraska highlighting Morrill 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 1908
Named for Charles Henry Morrill
Seat Bridgeport
Largest city Bridgeport
Area
 • Total 1,430 sq mi (3,700 km2)
 • Land 1,424 sq mi (3,690 km2)
 • Water 6.0 sq mi (16 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
4,836
 • Density 3.4/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Morrill County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,042. Its county seat is Bridgeport.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Morrill County is represented by the prefix 64 (it had the 64th-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

The Battle of Mud Springs and the Battle of Rush Creek between the U.S. army and the Cheyenne, Lakota Sioux, and Arapaho Indians took place in 1865 within what would become Morrill county.

Morrill County was formed in 1908 "carved out of Cheyenne County". It was named after Charles Henry Morrill, a president of the Lincoln Land Company.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,430 square miles (3,700 km2), of which 1,424 square miles (3,690 km2) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 26.svg U.S. Highway 26
  • US 385.svg U.S. Highway 385
  • N-88.svg Nebraska Highway 88
  • N-92.svg Nebraska Highway 92

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 4,584
1920 9,151 99.6%
1930 9,950 8.7%
1940 9,436 −5.2%
1950 8,263 −12.4%
1960 7,057 −14.6%
1970 5,813 −17.6%
1980 6,085 4.7%
1990 5,423 −10.9%
2000 5,440 0.3%
2010 5,042 −7.3%
Est. 2017 4,836 −4.1%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census, 5,440 people, 2,138 households, and 1,494 families resided in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km2). The2,460 housing units averaged 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.68% White, 0.07% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 4.12% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. About 10.09% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. The people were about 40.5% were of 40.5% German, 9.2% English, 7.3% Irish, and 6.7% American ancestry.

Of the 2,138 households, 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were not families. About 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.03.

The county population was distributed as 27.20% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,235, and for a family was $36,673. Males had a median income of $27,107 versus $19,271 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,725. About 10.00% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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