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Platte County
County of Platte
Platte County Courthouse
Platte County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
Established January 26, 1856
Named for Platte River
County seat Columbus
Largest city Columbus
Area
 • Total 685 sq mi (1,770 km2)
 • Land 674 sq mi (1,750 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.5%
Highest elevation
1,657 ft (505 m)
Lowest elevation
1,112 ft (339 m)
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
33,363
 • Density 49.2/sq mi (19.0/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code 402/531
FIPS code 31141
GNIS feature ID 835892
Website www.plattecounty.net

Platte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 32,237. Its county seat is Columbus. The county was created in 1855.

Platte County comprises the Columbus, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Platte County is represented by the prefix 10 (it had the 10th-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 685 square miles (1,770 km2), of which 674 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • US 81.svg U.S. Highway 81
  • N-22.svg Nebraska Highway 22
  • N-39.svg Nebraska Highway 39
  • N-45.svg Nebraska Highway 45
  • N-91.svg Nebraska Highway 91

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 782
1870 1,899 142.8%
1880 9,511 400.8%
1890 15,437 62.3%
1900 17,747 15.0%
1910 19,006 7.1%
1920 19,464 2.4%
1930 21,181 8.8%
1940 20,191 −4.7%
1950 19,910 −1.4%
1960 23,992 20.5%
1970 26,508 10.5%
1980 28,852 8.8%
1990 29,820 3.4%
2000 31,662 6.2%
2010 32,236 1.8%
2018 (est.) 33,363 3.5%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 31,662 people, 12,076 households, and 8,465 families in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km2). There were 12,916 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.29% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.49% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 6.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,076 households, out of which 36.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.40% 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.

The county population contained 29.00% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,359, and the median income for a family was $47,776. Males had a median income of $30,672 versus $21,842 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,064. About 5.40% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.00% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Bismark
  • Burrows
  • Butler
  • Columbus
  • Creston
  • Grand Prairie
  • Granville
  • Humphrey
  • Joliet
  • Lost Creek
  • Loup
  • Monroe
  • Oconee
  • St. Bernard
  • Shell Creek
  • Sherman
  • Walker
  • Woodville

Notable people

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