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Pawnee County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Pawnee County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1854
Seat Pawnee City
Largest City Pawnee City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

433 sq mi (1,121 km²)
431 sq mi (1,116 km²)
1.9 sq mi (5 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

2,773
6.4/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Pawnee people

Pawnee County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,773. Its county seat is Pawnee City.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Pawnee County is represented by the prefix 54 (it had the fifty-fourth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Pawnee County was formed in 1854. It was named after the Pawnee Native American tribe.

On May 30, 1879, the "Irving, Kansas Tornado" passed through Pawnee County. This tornado measured F4 on the Fujita scale, and had a damage path 800 yards wide and 100 miles.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 433 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 431 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.4%) is water. Pawnee County is covered with rolling hills and farmland.

Major highways

  • N-4.svg Nebraska Highway 4
  • N-8.svg Nebraska Highway 8
  • N-50.svg Nebraska Highway 50
  • N-65.svg Nebraska Highway 65
  • N-99.svg Nebraska Highway 99
  • N-105.svg Nebraska Highway 105

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 882
1870 4,171 372.9%
1880 6,920 65.9%
1890 10,340 49.4%
1900 11,770 13.8%
1910 10,582 −10.1%
1920 9,578 −9.5%
1930 9,423 −1.6%
1940 8,514 −9.6%
1950 6,744 −20.8%
1960 5,356 −20.6%
1970 4,473 −16.5%
1980 3,937 −12.0%
1990 3,317 −15.7%
2000 3,087 −6.9%
2010 2,773 −10.2%
Est. 2015 2,659 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,087 people, 1,339 households, and 850 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,587 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.87% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,339 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.50% were non-families. 32.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 5.10% from 18 to 24, 21.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 27.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,000, and the median income for a family was $36,326. Males had a median income of $24,770 versus $17,976 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,687. About 6.80% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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