Clay County, Nebraska
|Clay County, Nebraska|
Clay County courthouse in Clay Center
Location in the state of Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
573 sq mi (1,484 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.09%
13/sq mi (5/km²)
Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2010, the population was 6,542. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century. Its county seat is Clay Center.
In the Nebraska license plate system, Clay County is represented by the prefix 30 (it had the thirtieth-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 574 square miles (1,486.7 km2), of which 573 square miles (1,484.1 km2) is land and 0 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.09%) is water.
- Fillmore County, Nebraska - (East)
- Nuckolls County, Nebraska - (South)
- Adams County, Nebraska - (West)
- Hamilton County, Nebraska - (North)
|Adams County||Fillmore County|
Population by decade
1860 - 165
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,039 people, 2,756 households, and 1,981 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,066 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.57% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 1.24% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 3.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.4% were of German, 7.2% English, 7.2% American, 5.4% Swedish and 5.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,756 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.70% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% 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 3.03.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,259, and the median income for a family was $39,541. Males had a median income of $28,321 versus $19,870 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,870. About 8.50% of families and 10.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.40% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities, villages, and unincorporated community
- Lone Tree
- School Creek
- Spring Ranch
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