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Pierce County, Nebraska
Map

Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1859
Seat Pierce
Largest City Pierce
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
573 sq mi (1,484 km²)
1.3 sq mi (3 km²), 0.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

7,266
13/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.pierce.ne.us
Named for: Franklin Pierce

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,266. Its county seat is Pierce. The county was formed in 1859 and named after President Franklin Pierce.

Pierce County is part of the Norfolk, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Pierce County is represented by the prefix 40 (it had the 40th-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 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 573 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 20.svg U.S. Highway 20
  • US 81.svg U.S. Highway 81
  • N-13.svg Nebraska Highway 13
  • N-98.svg Nebraska Highway 98
  • N-121.svg Nebraska Highway 121

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 152
1880 1,202 690.8%
1890 4,864 304.7%
1900 8,445 73.6%
1910 10,122 19.9%
1920 10,681 5.5%
1930 11,080 3.7%
1940 10,211 −7.8%
1950 9,405 −7.9%
1960 8,722 −7.3%
1970 8,493 −2.6%
1980 8,481 −0.1%
1990 7,827 −7.7%
2000 7,857 0.4%
2010 7,266 −7.5%
Est. 2015 7,208 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,857 people, 2,979 households, and 2,141 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,247 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.65% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,979 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.40% were married couples living together, 5.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.14.

Age spread: 29.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,239, and the median income for a family was $40,500. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $20,237 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,980. About 8.80% of families and 11.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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