Pierce County, Nebraska

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Pierce County, Nebraska
Pierce County Courthouse (Nebraska) from SW.JPG
Pierce County courthouse in Pierce
Map of Nebraska highlighting Pierce County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1856
Named for Franklin Pierce
Seat Pierce
Largest city Pierce
Area
 • Total 574 sq mi (1,487 km2)
 • Land 573 sq mi (1,484 km2)
 • Water 1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.23%
Population
 • (2010) 7,266
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.pierce.ne.us

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,266.[1] Its county seat is Pierce.[2]

Pierce County is part of the Norfolk, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Pierce County is represented by the prefix 40 (it had the fortieth-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 575 square miles (1,490 km²), of which, 574 square miles (1,486 km²) is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) (0.23%) is water.[3]

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History[edit]

Pierce County was formed in 1856. It was named after President Franklin Pierce.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 152
1880 1,202 690.8%
1890 4,864 304.7%
1900 8,445 73.6%
1910 10,122 19.9%
1920 10,681 5.5%
1930 11,080 3.7%
1940 10,211 −7.8%
1950 9,405 −7.9%
1960 8,722 −7.3%
1970 8,493 −2.6%
1980 8,481 −0.1%
1990 7,827 −7.7%
2000 7,857 0.4%
2010 7,266 −7.5%
Est. 2012 7,166 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 7,857 people, 2,979 households, and 2,141 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,247 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.65% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,979 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.40% were married couples living together, 5.70% 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 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.14.

Age spread: 29.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,239, and the median income for a family was $40,500. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $20,237 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,980. About 8.80% of families and 11.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 21, 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. ^ "Pierce County History". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved 2009-12-19.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 42°16′N 97°37′W / 42.27°N 97.61°W / 42.27; -97.61