Polk County, Nebraska

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Polk County, Nebraska
Polk County Courthouse (Nebraska) 1.jpg
Polk County Courthouse in Osceola
Map of Nebraska highlighting Polk 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 James K. Polk
Seat Osceola
Largest city Stromsburg
Area
 • Total 441 sq mi (1,142 km2)
 • Land 439 sq mi (1,137 km2)
 • Water 2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.43%
Population
 • (2010) 5,406
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.polkcounty.ne.gov

Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,406.[1] Its county seat is Osceola.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Polk County is represented by the prefix 41 (it had the forty-first-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 1,141 km² (441 mi²), of which 1,137 km² (439 mi²) is land and 5 km² (2 mi²) (0.43%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Polk County was formed in 1856. It was named after President James K. Polk.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 19
1870 136 615.8%
1880 6,846 4,933.8%
1890 10,817 58.0%
1900 10,542 −2.5%
1910 10,521 −0.2%
1920 10,714 1.8%
1930 10,092 −5.8%
1940 8,748 −13.3%
1950 8,044 −8.0%
1960 7,210 −10.4%
1970 6,468 −10.3%
1980 6,320 −2.3%
1990 5,668 −10.3%
2000 5,639 −0.5%
2010 5,406 −4.1%
Est. 2012 5,320 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 5,639 people, 2,259 households, and 1,570 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (13/mi²). There were 2,717 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.92% White, 0.02% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,259 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.90% were married couples living together, 4.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 21.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,819, and the median income for a family was $45,081. Males had a median income of $30,286 versus $19,595 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,934. About 4.40% of families and 5.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.20% of those under age 18 and 4.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Polk County is the locale for the fictional town of Hemingford Home in Stephen King's novel The Stand.[7]

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. ^ [1] Retrieved on March 15, 2008.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ King, Stephen. The Stand. p. 335. 

Coordinates: 41°11′N 97°34′W / 41.19°N 97.57°W / 41.19; -97.57