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Platte County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Platte County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1855
Seat Columbus
Largest City Columbus
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

685 sq mi (1,774 km²)
674 sq mi (1,746 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 1.5%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

32,847
48/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.plattecounty.net/
Named for: Platte River

Platte County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 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 county 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%
Est. 2015 32,847 1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,662 people, 12,076 households, and 8,465 families residing 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.

In the county, the population was spread out with 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

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