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Wheeler County, Nebraska
Map

Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 11, 1881
Seat Bartlett
Largest village Bartlett
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

576 sq mi (1,492 km²)
575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
0.4 sq mi (1 km²), 0.07%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

818
1.4/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.wheelercounty.ne.gov/

Wheeler County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 818. Its county seat is Bartlett. The county was formed in 1877 and organized in 1881. It was named after Major Daniel H. Wheeler.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Wheeler County is represented by the prefix 84 (it had the eighty-fourth-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 576 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.07%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • N-70.svg Nebraska Highway 70
  • N-91.svg Nebraska Highway 91

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 644
1890 1,683 161.3%
1900 1,362 −19.1%
1910 2,292 68.3%
1920 2,531 10.4%
1930 2,335 −7.7%
1940 2,170 −7.1%
1950 1,526 −29.7%
1960 1,297 −15.0%
1970 1,051 −19.0%
1980 1,060 0.9%
1990 948 −10.6%
2000 886 −6.5%
2010 818 −7.7%
Est. 2015 750 −8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 886 people, 352 households, and 243 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 561 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.10% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.56% from other races, and 0.11% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.4% were of German, 9.4% Irish, 7.8% English, 7.2% Swedish and 7.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 352 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 3.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 21.90% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,771, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $21,563 versus $17,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,355. About 15.40% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.80% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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