Wheeler County, Nebraska

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Wheeler County, Nebraska
Wheeler County Courthouse (Nebraska) from NW.JPG
Wheeler County Courthouse in Bartlett
Map of Nebraska highlighting Wheeler County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded November 4, 1877
Seat Bartlett
Largest village Bartlett
Area
 • Total 576 sq mi (1,491 km2)
 • Land 575 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1 km2), 0.07%
Population
 • (2010) 818
 • Density 2/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.wheelercounty.ne.gov

Wheeler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 818.[1] Its county seat is Bartlett.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Wheeler County is represented by the prefix 84 (it had the eighty-fourth-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 576 square miles (1,492 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,489 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.07%) is water.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Wheeler County was formed in 1877. It was named after Major Daniel H. Wheeler.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 644
1890 1,683 161.3%
1900 1,362 −19.1%
1910 2,292 68.3%
1920 2,531 10.4%
1930 2,335 −7.7%
1940 2,170 −7.1%
1950 1,526 −29.7%
1960 1,297 −15.0%
1970 1,051 −19.0%
1980 1,060 0.9%
1990 948 −10.6%
2000 886 −6.5%
2010 818 −7.7%
Est. 2012 805 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 886 people, 352 households, and 243 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 561 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.10% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.56% from other races, and 0.11% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.4% were of German, 9.4% Irish, 7.8% English, 7.2% Swedish and 7.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 352 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 3.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 21.90% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,771, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $21,563 versus $17,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,355. About 15.40% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.80% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

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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. ^ [1] Retrieved on March 14, 2008.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 41°55′N 98°32′W / 41.92°N 98.53°W / 41.92; -98.53