Custer County, Nebraska

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Custer County, Nebraska
Custer County, Nebraska courthouse from E.JPG
Custer County Courthouse in Broken Bow
Custer County Nebraksa
Map of Nebraska highlighting Custer County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded February 17, 1877
Named for George Armstrong Custer
Seat Broken Bow
Largest city Broken Bow
Area
 • Total 2,576 sq mi (6,672 km2)
 • Land 2,576 sq mi (6,671 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (1 km2), 0.01
Population
 • (2010) 10,939
 • Density 4.25/sq mi (1.64/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.custer.ne.us

Custer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,939.[1] Its county seat is Broken Bow.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Custer County is represented by the prefix 4 (it had the fourth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,576 square miles (6,671.8 km2), of which 2,576 square miles (6,671.8 km2) is land and 0 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.01%) is water.[3] In area, it is the second largest county in Nebraska, behind only Cherry County.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Custer County borders a total of eight counties, all in Nebraska. The adjacent counties are:

History[edit]

Custer County was formed in 1877.[4] It was named after General George Armstrong Custer,[5] who was killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,211
1890 21,677 880.4%
1900 19,758 −8.9%
1910 25,668 29.9%
1920 26,407 2.9%
1930 26,189 −0.8%
1940 22,591 −13.7%
1950 19,170 −15.1%
1960 16,517 −13.8%
1970 14,092 −14.7%
1980 13,877 −1.5%
1990 12,270 −11.6%
2000 11,793 −3.9%
2010 10,939 −7.2%
Est. 2012 10,740 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 11,793 people, 4,826 households, and 3,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 5,585 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.63% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.3% were of German, 11.9% English, 10.6% Irish and 8.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 4,826 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 5.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 21.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,677, and the median income for a family was $37,063. Males had a median income of $24,609 versus $19,732 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,171. About 9.10% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

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Other communities[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 105. 
  5. ^ [1] Retrieved on March 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 41°23′N 99°44′W / 41.39°N 99.73°W / 41.39; -99.73