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Seward County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Seward County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1867
Seat Seward
Largest City Seward
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

576 sq mi (1,492 km²)
571 sq mi (1,479 km²)
4.5 sq mi (12 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

16,750
29/sq mi (11/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.connectseward.org/cgov
Named for: William H. Seward

Seward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,750. Its county seat is Seward. The county was formed in 1855 and later organized in 1867. It was originally called Greene County, and in 1862 it was renamed in honor of William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward County is part of the Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Seward County is represented by the prefix 16 (it had the sixteenth-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 576 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 571 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (12 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • N-15.svg Nebraska Highway 15
  • N-103.svg Nebraska Highway 103

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,953
1880 11,147 277.5%
1890 16,140 44.8%
1900 15,690 −2.8%
1910 15,895 1.3%
1920 15,867 −0.2%
1930 15,938 0.4%
1940 14,167 −11.1%
1950 13,155 −7.1%
1960 13,581 3.2%
1970 14,460 6.5%
1980 15,789 9.2%
1990 15,450 −2.1%
2000 16,496 6.8%
2010 16,750 1.5%
Est. 2015 17,110 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,496 people, 6,013 households, and 4,215 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,428 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.05% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 1.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,013 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,700, and the median income for a family was $51,813. Males had a median income of $32,218 versus $22,329 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,379. About 4.10% of families and 7.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.20% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town


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