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Webster County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Webster County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1871
Seat Red Cloud
Largest City Red Cloud
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
0.1 sq mi (0 km²), 0.02%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

3,812
6.6/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.webster.ne.us
Named for: Daniel Webster

Webster County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,812. Its county seat is Red Cloud. The county was formed in 1871 and named after the statesman Daniel Webster.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Webster County is represented by the prefix 45 (it had the forty-fifth-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 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.02%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 136.svg U.S. Highway 136
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • N-4.svg Nebraska Highway 4
  • N-78.svg Nebraska Highway 78

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 16
1880 7,104 44,300.0%
1890 11,210 57.8%
1900 11,619 3.6%
1910 12,008 3.3%
1920 10,922 −9.0%
1930 10,210 −6.5%
1940 8,701 −14.8%
1950 7,395 −15.0%
1960 6,224 −15.8%
1970 5,396 −13.3%
1980 4,858 −10.0%
1990 4,279 −11.9%
2000 4,061 −5.1%
2010 3,812 −6.1%
Est. 2015 3,625 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,061 people, 1,708 households, and 1,118 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,972 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.10% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.7% were of German, 9.7% English, 8.3% American and 7.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,708 households out of which 26.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 5.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 32.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 24.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,026, and the median income for a family was $36,513. Males had a median income of $26,555 versus $18,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,802. About 7.70% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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