Custer County, Nebraska

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Custer County, Nebraska
Custer County, Nebraska courthouse from E.JPG
Custer County Courthouse in Broken Bow
Map of Nebraska highlighting Custer County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded17 February 1877
Named forGeorge Armstrong Custer
SeatBroken Bow
Largest cityBroken Bow
Area
 • Total2,576 sq mi (6,672 km2)
 • Land2,576 sq mi (6,672 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1 km2), 0.01%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)10,897
 • Density4.2/sq mi (1.6/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.custer.ne.us
Custer County

Custer County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 10,939.[1] Its county seat is Broken Bow.[2] The county was formed in 1877[3] and named after General George Armstrong Custer,[4] who was killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Custer County is represented by the prefix 4 (it had the fourth-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 a total area of 2,576 square miles (6,670 km2), of which 2,576 square miles (6,670 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.01%) is water.[5] In area, it is the second largest county in Nebraska, behind only Cherry County.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18802,211
189021,677880.4%
190019,758−8.9%
191025,66829.9%
192026,4072.9%
193026,189−0.8%
194022,591−13.7%
195019,170−15.1%
196016,517−13.8%
197014,092−14.7%
198013,877−1.5%
199012,270−11.6%
200011,793−3.9%
201010,939−7.2%
Est. 201710,897[6]−0.4%
US Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[11] there were 11,793 people, 4,826 households, and 3,320 families in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 5,585 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.63% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.3% were of German, 11.9% English, 10.6% Irish and 8.9% American ancestry.

There were 4,826 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 5.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.

The county population contained 26.30% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 21.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,677, and the median income for a family was $37,063. Males had a median income of $24,609 versus $19,732 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,171. About 9.10% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Custer County voters are reliably Republican. In no national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 83.1% 4,695 11.3% 641 5.6% 316
2012 78.1% 4,296 19.7% 1,083 2.2% 119
2008 77.1% 4,301 21.4% 1,192 1.5% 85
2004 80.5% 4,518 18.5% 1,040 1.0% 54
2000 78.4% 4,245 18.0% 976 3.6% 193
1996 64.2% 3,453 24.0% 1,293 11.8% 637
1992 54.6% 3,180 19.4% 1,126 26.0% 1,514
1988 73.4% 4,203 26.1% 1,496 0.5% 27
1984 80.9% 4,749 18.6% 1,090 0.5% 28
1980 76.9% 4,563 17.0% 1,011 6.1% 360
1976 63.7% 3,935 32.2% 1,985 4.1% 255
1972 80.8% 4,836 19.2% 1,147
1968 70.5% 4,325 22.9% 1,407 6.5% 401
1964 53.0% 3,916 47.0% 3,475
1960 70.9% 5,716 29.1% 2,350
1956 70.5% 5,798 29.5% 2,425
1952 77.2% 7,143 22.8% 2,113
1948 54.7% 4,057 45.3% 3,356
1944 61.6% 5,330 38.4% 3,321
1940 59.7% 6,269 40.3% 4,238
1936 45.7% 5,250 51.4% 5,907 2.9% 338
1932 35.7% 3,953 61.7% 6,844 2.6% 289
1928 76.4% 8,379 22.9% 2,506 0.8% 82
1924 40.0% 3,833 26.8% 2,575 33.2% 3,187
1920 59.3% 4,974 32.7% 2,739 8.0% 674
1916 34.2% 2,047 60.4% 3,609 5.4% 322
1912 18.2% 1,051 41.5% 2,395 40.3% 2,330
1908 47.0% 2,788 48.9% 2,898 4.1% 245
1904 59.6% 2,658 11.4% 509 29.0% 1,292
1900 47.2% 2,145 47.5% 2,159 5.2% 237

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Vol. 1. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. p. 105.
  4. ^ [1] Retrieved on March 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  7. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  12. ^ Election Results

Coordinates: 41°23′N 99°44′W / 41.39°N 99.73°W / 41.39; -99.73