Gosper County, Nebraska

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Gosper County, Nebraska
Gosper County courthouse from W.JPG
Map of Nebraska highlighting Gosper County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1881
Named for John J. Gosper
Seat Elwood
Largest village Elwood
Area
 • Total 463 sq mi (1,199 km2)
 • Land 458 sq mi (1,186 km2)
 • Water 4.6 sq mi (12 km2), 1.0%
Population
 • (2010) 2,044
 • Density 4.5/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.gosper.ne.us

Gosper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,044.[1] Its county seat is Elwood.[2] The county was formed in 1873 and later organized in 1881.[3][4][5] It was named after John J. Gosper, a Secretary of State of Nebraska.[6]

Gosper County is part of the Lexington, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Gosper County is represented by the prefix 73 (it had the seventy-third-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 463 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 458 square miles (1,190 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (1.0%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,673
1890 4,816 187.9%
1900 5,301 10.1%
1910 4,933 −6.9%
1920 4,669 −5.4%
1930 4,287 −8.2%
1940 3,687 −14.0%
1950 2,734 −25.8%
1960 2,489 −9.0%
1970 2,178 −12.5%
1980 2,140 −1.7%
1990 1,928 −9.9%
2000 2,143 11.2%
2010 2,044 −4.6%
Est. 2014 1,970 [8] −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 2,143 people, 863 households, and 655 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,281 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.79% White, 0.14% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 1.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 863 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.10% were married couples living together, 3.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.10% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 102.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,827, and the median income for a family was $42,702. Males had a median income of $28,836 versus $21,204 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,957. About 4.80% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 5.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Gosper County, NE

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 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. 67. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey Reconnaissance Survey Final Report of Gosper County, Nebraska" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. March 1, 1991. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gosper County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 140. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 40°30′N 99°49′W / 40.50°N 99.82°W / 40.50; -99.82