Furnas County, Nebraska

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Furnas County, Nebraska
Furnas County Courthouse from SW 2.JPG
Furnas County Courthouse in Beaver City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Furnas County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1873
Named forRobert W. Furnas
SeatBeaver City
Largest cityCambridge
Area
 • Total721 sq mi (1,867 km2)
 • Land719 sq mi (1,862 km2)
 • Water1.5 sq mi (4 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)4,780
 • Density6.6/sq mi (2.5/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.furnascounty.ne.gov

Furnas County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 4,959.[1] Its county seat is Beaver City.[2] The county was named for Robert W. Furnas, the second governor of the state of Nebraska.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Furnas County is represented by the prefix 38 (it had the thirty-eighth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

Furnas County lies on the south line of Nebraska. The south boundary line of Furnas County abuts the north boundary line of the state of Kansas. The Republican River flows eastward across the upper central part of the county.

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has an area of 721 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 719 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18806,407
18909,84053.6%
190012,37325.7%
191012,083−2.3%
192011,657−3.5%
193012,1404.1%
194010,098−16.8%
19509,385−7.1%
19607,711−17.8%
19706,897−10.6%
19806,486−6.0%
19905,553−14.4%
20005,324−4.1%
20104,959−6.9%
Est. 20174,780[5]−3.6%
US Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[10] there were 5,324 people, 2,278 households, and 1,489 families in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,730 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.6% were of German, 13.8% American, 11.4% English, 7.4% Irish and 5.2% Swedish ancestry.

There were 2,278 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.60% were non-families. 32.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.88.

The county population contained 24.10% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 23.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,498, and the median income for a family was $37,000. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $19,918 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,223. About 6.90% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Furnas County voters have been strongly Republican since its beginning. In only one national election since 1916 the county been carried by a Democratic Party presidential candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 82.1% 1,921 13.0% 304 4.9% 115
2012 79.6% 1,782 18.9% 423 1.6% 35
2008 74.1% 1,725 23.9% 556 2.0% 47
2004 79.0% 1,950 19.9% 492 1.0% 25
2000 76.1% 1,849 22.0% 534 2.0% 48
1996 61.2% 1,475 27.5% 663 11.3% 273
1992 48.7% 1,365 22.3% 624 29.0% 812
1988 69.2% 1,830 29.9% 791 0.9% 24
1984 79.7% 2,363 19.5% 579 0.8% 24
1980 78.3% 2,483 16.9% 536 4.8% 153
1976 60.2% 1,851 36.8% 1,132 3.0% 91
1972 77.2% 2,282 22.9% 676
1968 69.8% 2,137 22.9% 701 7.3% 223
1964 54.7% 2,011 45.4% 1,669
1960 72.3% 2,854 27.7% 1,091
1956 72.3% 2,894 27.7% 1,111
1952 77.3% 3,464 22.7% 1,018
1948 60.2% 2,258 39.8% 1,494
1944 68.4% 2,870 31.7% 1,329
1940 64.9% 3,316 35.2% 1,797
1936 52.4% 2,842 45.8% 2,482 1.8% 100
1932 38.1% 2,087 60.3% 3,303 1.6% 87
1928 73.2% 3,760 26.1% 1,339 0.8% 40
1924 50.3% 2,378 32.5% 1,534 17.3% 816
1920 60.5% 2,445 33.9% 1,371 5.5% 223
1916 40.5% 1,163 55.9% 1,607 3.7% 105
1912 13.8% 354 49.3% 1,266 36.9% 947
1908 44.8% 1,400 51.8% 1,618 3.4% 107
1904 61.7% 1,569 15.5% 393 22.8% 580
1900 48.9% 1,321 48.8% 1,319 2.4% 64

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 133.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  6. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  11. ^ Precept NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  12. ^ Election Results

External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 40°10′N 99°55′W / 40.17°N 99.91°W / 40.17; -99.91