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Otoe County
Otoe County Courthouse in Nebraska City
Otoe County Courthouse in Nebraska City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Otoe County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
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Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
Founded 1855
Named for Otoe tribe
Seat Nebraska City
Largest city Nebraska City
Area
 • Total 619 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Land 616 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Water 3.4 sq mi (9 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
15,985
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Otoe County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 15,740. Its county seat is Nebraska City. The county was formed in 1854, and was named tor the Otoe Indian tribe.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Otoe County is represented by the prefix 11 (it had the 11th-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 619 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 616 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.5%) is water.

The eastern boundary of this county is the Missouri River. It is a largely agricultural region with rolling hills and rich soil. Corn, soybeans, milo (grain sorghum), wheat, and other, less common, grain crops are joined by several commercial apple orchards. Animal husbandry concentrates on beef cattle, the locally produced grains being excellent sources of feed for them. Otoe County derives its name from the Otoe Indians. The Otoe lived along the Missouri River in the area that is now Otoe County.

Major highways

  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • N-2.svg Nebraska Highway 2
  • N-43.svg Nebraska Highway 43
  • N-50.svg Nebraska Highway 50
  • N-67.svg Nebraska Highway 67
  • N-128.svg Nebraska Highway 128

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 4,211
1870 12,345 193.2%
1880 15,727 27.4%
1890 25,403 61.5%
1900 22,288 −12.3%
1910 19,323 −13.3%
1920 19,494 0.9%
1930 19,901 2.1%
1940 18,994 −4.6%
1950 17,056 −10.2%
1960 16,503 −3.2%
1970 15,576 −5.6%
1980 15,183 −2.5%
1990 14,252 −6.1%
2000 15,396 8.0%
2010 15,740 2.2%
2020 15,912 1.1%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 15,396 people, 6,060 households, and 4,229 families in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 6,567 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.42% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 2.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,060 households, out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

The county population contained 26.30% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,302, and the median income for a family was $45,295. Males had a median income of $30,682 versus $21,520 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,752. About 5.90% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

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