Custer County, Nebraska
|Custer County, Nebraska|
Custer County Courthouse in Broken Bow, Nebraska
Location in the state of Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 17, 1877|
|Named for||George Armstrong Custer|
|Largest city||Broken Bow|
2,576 sq mi (6,672 km²)
2,576 sq mi (6,671 km²)
0 sq mi (1 km²), 0.01
4.25/sq mi (1.64/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
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).
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. In area, it is the second largest county in Nebraska, only Cherry County being larger.
- U.S. Highway 183
- Nebraska Highway 2
- Nebraska Highway 21
- Nebraska Highway 40
- Nebraska Highway 47
- Nebraska Highway 70
- Nebraska Highway 92
Custer County borders a total of eight counties, all in Nebraska. The adjacent counties are:
- Valley County, Nebraska - (Northeast)
- Sherman County, Nebraska - (Southeast)
- Buffalo County, Nebraska - (Southeast)
- Dawson County, Nebraska - (South)
- Lincoln County, Nebraska - (Southwest)
- Logan County, Nebraska - (Northwest)
- Blaine County, Nebraska - (Northwest)
- Loup County, Nebraska - (Northeast)
||Logan County and Blaine County||Valley County and Loup County|
|Lincoln County||Dawson County||Sherman County and Buffalo County|
Population by decade
1880 - 2,211
As of the census 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.