Furnas County, Nebraska

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Furnas County, Nebraska
Furnas County Courthouse from SW 2.JPG
Furnas County Courthouse in Beaver City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Furnas County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Named for Robert W. Furnas
Seat Beaver City
Largest city Cambridge
Area
 • Total 721 sq mi (1,867 km2)
 • Land 718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Water 2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.34%
Population
 • (2010) 4,959
 • Density 8/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.swrcd.org/furnascounty.htm

Furnas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,959.[1] Its county seat is Beaver City.[2] The county was named in honor of Robert W. Furnas, the second governor of the state of Nebraska.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Furnas County is represented by the prefix 38 (it had the thirty-eighth-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 721 square miles (1,867.4 km2), of which 718 square miles (1,859.6 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.34%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6,407
1890 9,840 53.6%
1900 12,373 25.7%
1910 12,083 −2.3%
1920 11,657 −3.5%
1930 12,140 4.1%
1940 10,098 −16.8%
1950 9,385 −7.1%
1960 7,711 −17.8%
1970 6,897 −10.6%
1980 6,486 −6.0%
1990 5,553 −14.4%
2000 5,324 −4.1%
2010 4,959 −6.9%
Est. 2012 4,907 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 5,324 people, 2,278 households, and 1,489 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,730 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.6% were of German, 13.8% American, 11.4% English, 7.4% Irish and 5.2% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,278 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.60% were non-families. 32.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 23.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,498, and the median income for a family was $37,000. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $19,918 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,223. About 6.90% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 133. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 40°10′N 99°55′W / 40.17°N 99.91°W / 40.17; -99.91