Valley County, Nebraska

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Valley County, Nebraska
Valley County, Nebraska courthouse from W.JPG
Valley County Courthouse in Ord
Map of Nebraska highlighting Valley County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Seat Ord
Largest city Ord
Area
 • Total 570 sq mi (1,476 km2)
 • Land 568 sq mi (1,471 km2)
 • Water 2.4 sq mi (6 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 4,260
 • Density 7.5/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Valley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,260.[1] Its county seat is Ord.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Valley County is represented by the prefix 47 (it had the forty-seventh-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Valley County was formed in 1871 and later organized in 1873.[3][4] Its name derives from the local terrain: much of the county consists of valley land lying between the North and Middle Loup Rivers.[5]

On June 12, 2010, the privately owned Bredthauer Dam broke due to heavy rain, flooding rural Valley County and the village of North Loup.[6][7] Major flooding occurred in the village, with water "eight inches deep and running down Main Street."[8] North Loup was evacuated for the duration of the flood.[9]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 570 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 568 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (0.4%) is water.[10]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,324
1890 7,092 205.2%
1900 7,339 3.5%
1910 9,480 29.2%
1920 9,823 3.6%
1930 9,533 −3.0%
1940 8,163 −14.4%
1950 7,252 −11.2%
1960 6,590 −9.1%
1970 5,783 −12.2%
1980 5,633 −2.6%
1990 5,169 −8.2%
2000 4,647 −10.1%
2010 4,260 −8.3%
Est. 2013 4,193 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 4,647 people, 1,965 households, and 1,298 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,273 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.15% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 1.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,965 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 4.80% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 24.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,926, and the median income for a family was $35,571. Males had a median income of $25,224 versus $17,217 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,996. About 10.10% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.30% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Valley County has 3287 registered voters, of which 59% are Republicans, 31% are Democrats, and 9% are non-partisan.[16]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

  • Ord (county seat)

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[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. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 141. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Valley County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Floodwaters overwhelm whole counties", Kearney Hub. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  7. ^ Pore, R. "Heavy rains cause Ericson Dam to fail", Grand Island Independent. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  8. ^ Geake, S. "North Loup Fights Flooding", 1011Now.com. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  9. ^ Schweitzer, Amy. "North Loup flooded, evacuated". Grand Island Independent. 2010-06-12 Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  10. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  16. ^ http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/10-28-08_Final_VR_Report.pdf

Coordinates: 41°34′N 98°59′W / 41.57°N 98.98°W / 41.57; -98.98