Saunders County, Nebraska

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Saunders County, Nebraska
Saunders County Courthouse.jpg
Saunders County Courthouse in Wahoo
Map of Nebraska highlighting Saunders County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1866
Named for Alvin Saunders
Seat Wahoo
Largest city Wahoo
Area
 • Total 760 sq mi (1,968 km2)
 • Land 750 sq mi (1,942 km2)
 • Water 9.6 sq mi (25 km2), 1.3%
Population
 • (2010) 20,780
 • Density 28/sq mi (11/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.saunderscounty.ne.gov

Saunders County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,780.[1] Its county seat is Wahoo.[2]

Saunders County is included in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Saunders County is represented by the prefix 6 (the county had the sixth-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Saunders County was established by an 1856 act of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature and later organized in 1866;[4][5] its boundaries were redefined in 1858.[6] The county was originally named after John C. Calhoun; in 1862, during the American Civil War, it was renamed after Nebraska territorial governor Alvin Saunders.[7][8]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 760 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 750 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 9.6 square miles (25 km2) (1.3%) is water.[9]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 4,547
1880 15,810 247.7%
1890 21,577 36.5%
1900 22,085 2.4%
1910 21,179 −4.1%
1920 20,589 −2.8%
1930 20,167 −2.0%
1940 17,892 −11.3%
1950 16,923 −5.4%
1960 17,270 2.1%
1970 17,018 −1.5%
1980 18,716 10.0%
1990 18,285 −2.3%
2000 19,830 8.4%
2010 20,780 4.8%
Est. 2013 20,929 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 19,830 people, 7,498 households, and 5,443 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 8,266 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.49% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,498 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.60% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,173, and the median income for a family was $49,443. Males had a median income of $33,309 versus $22,922 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,392. About 5.30% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.30% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Historic schoolhouse in Saunders County

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ United States Office of Management and Budget. "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). pp. 5, 36. Archived from the original on 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey Saunders County". Nebraska State Historical Society. August 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 125. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). "Nebraska Place-Names". University of Nebraska Department of English. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  8. ^ "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey - Saunders County". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 41°14′N 96°38′W / 41.23°N 96.63°W / 41.23; -96.63