Blaine County, Nebraska

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Blaine County, Nebraska
Blaine County, Nebraska courthouse from SE 2.JPG
Blaine County Courthouse in Brewster, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Blaine County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1885
Named for James G. Blaine
Seat Brewster
Largest city Dunning
 • Total 714 sq mi (1,849 km2)
 • Land 711 sq mi (1,841 km2)
 • Water 4 sq mi (10 km2), 0.50%
 • (2010) 478
 • Density 0.8/sq mi (0.3/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Blaine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 478.[1] It is the second-least populous county in Nebraska and the sixth-least populous in the United States. Its county seat is Brewster.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Blaine County is represented by the prefix 86 (it had the eighty-sixth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 714 square miles (1,849.3 km2), of which 711 square miles (1,841.5 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.50%) is water.[3]

Blaine County is located in Nebraska's Outback region.[4]

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Blaine County was formed in 1885.[5] It was named after presidential candidate James G. Blaine.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,146
1900 603 −47.4%
1910 1,672 177.3%
1920 1,778 6.3%
1930 1,584 −10.9%
1940 1,538 −2.9%
1950 1,203 −21.8%
1960 1,016 −15.5%
1970 847 −16.6%
1980 867 2.4%
1990 675 −22.1%
2000 583 −13.6%
2010 478 −18.0%
Est. 2012 514 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 583 people, 238 households, and 168 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 person per square mile (0.32/km²). There were 333 housing units at an average density of 0 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.97% White, 0.51% Native American, and 0.51% from two or more races; 0.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.1% were of German, 12.2% English, 10.2% Irish and 8.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 238 households, of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.00% were married couples living together, 2.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 3.90% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 26.40% 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 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,278, and the median income for a family was $28,472. Males had a median income of $17,917 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,323. About 18.70% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.


More than 25% of the residents of Blaine County belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No other county in the state — or anywhere else so far east in the country — has more than 25% membership.[9] This however may actually reflect an oddity in the system used to come to these numbers more than it does reality. Every adjacent county is in the category "none reported" and the method used to get the numbers involved seems to be built around taking the membership numbers of all wards and branches in the county and assigning all those people to the county. This method does not work when a ward or branch covers multiple counties.[10]



2010 United States Census population[11]

Unincorporated community[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "About", North Central RC&D. Retrieved 9/17/07
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 18. 
  6. ^ [1] Retrieved on March 15, 2008.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ The source used to come to this information, listed in the next footnote, has categories "over 50.1%", "25.1% to 50.0%", "10.1% to 25.0%", "0.1% to 10.0%" and "none reported". There is one county in Iowa and one in the Florida Panhandle which are in the 10.1% to 25.0%, the differences in percentages can not be determined from this source, and the source may not really support what it claims, which is pointed out in the text.
  10. ^ Valporaiso University produced map of percentages of Latter-day Saints by county
  11. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions: Nebraska". Population Census. 2010 United States Census. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 

Coordinates: 41°56′N 99°59′W / 41.93°N 99.98°W / 41.93; -99.98