Blaine County, Nebraska

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Blaine County, Nebraska
Blaine County, Nebraska courthouse from SE 2.JPG
Blaine County Courthouse in Brewster
Map of Nebraska highlighting Blaine County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1885 (authorized)
1886 (organized)
Named forJames G. Blaine
SeatBrewster
Largest villageDunning
Area
 • Total714 sq mi (1,849 km2)
 • Land711 sq mi (1,841 km2)
 • Water3.6 sq mi (9 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)482
 • Density0.7/sq mi (0.3/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.blainecounty.ne.gov

Blaine County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 478,[1] making it Nebraska's second-least populous county and the sixth-least populous in the United States. Its county seat is Brewster.[2] The county was formed in 1885[3] and organized in 1886.[4] It is named after presidential candidate James G. Blaine.[5]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Blaine County is represented by the prefix 86 (it had the 86th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has an area of 715 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 711 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (0.5%) is water.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,146
1900603−47.4%
19101,672177.3%
19201,7786.3%
19301,584−10.9%
19401,538−2.9%
19501,203−21.8%
19601,016−15.5%
1970847−16.6%
19808672.4%
1990675−22.1%
2000583−13.6%
2010478−18.0%
Est. 2017482[7]0.8%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[12] there were 583 people, 238 households, and 168 families in the county. The population density was 0.82 person per square mile (0.32/km²). There were 333 housing units at an average density of 0.5 per square mile (0.2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.97% White, 0.51% Native American, and 0.51% from two or more races; 0.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.1% were of German, 12.2% English, 10.2% Irish and 8.4% American ancestry.

There were 238 households, of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.00% were married couples living together, 2.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98.

The county population contained 26.20% under the age of 18, 3.90% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 26.40% 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 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,278, and the median income for a family was $28,472. Males had a median income of $17,917 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,323. About 18.70% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Religion[edit]

More than 25% of the residents of Blaine County belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No other county in the state — or anywhere else so far east in the country — has more than 25% membership.[13] This however may actually reflect an oddity in the system used to come to these numbers more than it does reality. Every adjacent county is in the category "none reported" and the method used to get the numbers involved seems to be built around taking the membership numbers of all wards and branches in the county and assigning all those people to the county. This method does not work when a ward or branch covers multiple counties.[14]

Communities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Politics[edit]

Blaine County voters are strongly Republican. In only four national elections since 1900 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate, & none since 1936.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 87.1% 276 9.5% 30 3.5% 11
2012 88.5% 268 9.6% 29 2.0% 6
2008 84.2% 266 13.6% 43 2.2% 7
2004 88.8% 301 11.2% 38 0.0% 0
2000 85.7% 299 12.3% 43 2.0% 7
1996 75.1% 284 14.0% 53 10.9% 41
1992 56.5% 256 14.1% 64 29.4% 133
1988 82.2% 338 17.5% 72 0.2% 1
1984 88.3% 363 11.7% 48 0.0% 0
1980 81.7% 361 14.3% 63 4.1% 18
1976 66.6% 281 31.5% 133 1.9% 8
1972 86.0% 343 14.0% 56 0.0% 0
1968 79.5% 344 14.8% 64 5.8% 25
1964 62.6% 326 37.4% 195 0.0% 0
1960 78.8% 420 21.2% 113 0.0% 0
1956 73.6% 416 26.4% 149 0.0% 0
1952 77.0% 458 23.0% 137 0.0% 0
1948 50.4% 252 49.6% 248 0.0% 0
1944 59.6% 366 40.4% 248 0.0% 0
1940 59.4% 454 40.7% 311 0.0% 0
1936 47.8% 342 51.0% 365 1.3% 9
1932 35.4% 244 62.6% 431 2.0% 14
1928 73.1% 484 26.4% 175 0.5% 3
1924 43.4% 253 22.6% 132 34.0% 198
1920 63.8% 328 34.2% 176 2.0% 10
1916 40.7% 184 54.4% 246 4.9% 22
1912 29.0% 126 37.6% 163 33.4% 145
1908 56.1% 220 40.8% 160 3.1% 12
1904 70.2% 127 18.8% 34 11.1% 20
1900 57.5% 103 41.9% 75 0.6% 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 18.
  4. ^ "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. May 15, 1989. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ The source used to come to this information, listed in the next footnote, has categories "over 50.1%", "25.1% to 50.0%", "10.1% to 25.0%", "0.1% to 10.0%" and "none reported". There is one county in Iowa and one in the Florida Panhandle which are in the 10.1% to 25.0%, the differences in percentages can not be determined from this source, and the source may not really support what it claims, which is pointed out in the text.
  14. ^ Valporaiso University produced map of percentages of Latter-day Saints by county Archived January 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Coordinates: 41°56′N 99°59′W / 41.93°N 99.98°W / 41.93; -99.98