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York County
County of York
York County Courthouse in York
York County Courthouse in York
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
Established March 16, 1855
Organized April 26, 1870
County seat York
Largest city York
Area
 • Total 576 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land 573 sq mi (1,480 km2)
 • Water 3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  0.6%
Highest elevation
1,598 ft (487 m)
Lowest elevation
1,066 ft (325 m)
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
13,772
 • Density 24.1/sq mi (9.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code 402/531
FIPS code 31185
GNIS feature ID 835914
Website www.yorkcounty.ne.gov

York County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 13,665. Its county seat is York.

In the Nebraska license plate system, York County is represented by the prefix 17 (it had the seventeenth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

York County was organized in 1870. Sources differ on the origin of the county's name: some state it was named after York in England, while others maintain it was named by early settlers from York County, Pennsylvania.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 576 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 573 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.6%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 604
1880 11,170 1,749.3%
1890 17,279 54.7%
1900 18,205 5.4%
1910 18,721 2.8%
1920 17,146 −8.4%
1930 17,239 0.5%
1940 14,874 −13.7%
1950 14,346 −3.5%
1960 13,724 −4.3%
1970 13,685 −0.3%
1980 14,798 8.1%
1990 14,428 −2.5%
2000 14,598 1.2%
2010 13,665 −6.4%
2018 (est.) 13,772 0.8%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 14,598 people, 5,722 households, and 3,931 families in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 6,172 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.78% White, 0.96% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.0% were of German, 8.2% Irish, 7.2% English and 5.1% Swedish ancestry.

There were 5,722 households, out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.

The county population contained 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,093, and the median income for a family was $44,741. Males had a median income of $30,658 versus $19,874 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,670. About 6.00% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

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