Hamilton County, Nebraska

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Hamilton County
Hamilton County courthouse in Aurora
Hamilton County courthouse in Aurora
Map of Nebraska highlighting Hamilton County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°53′N 98°01′W / 40.88°N 98.02°W / 40.88; -98.02
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1867 (created)
1870 (organized)
Named forAlexander Hamilton
SeatAurora
Largest cityAurora
Area
 • Total547 sq mi (1,420 km2)
 • Land544 sq mi (1,410 km2)
 • Water4.1 sq mi (11 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
9,207
 • Density16.9/sq mi (6.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.hamilton.ne.us

Hamilton County is a county in the U.S. state Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 9,124.[1] Its county seat is Aurora.[2] The county was named for Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury in the new United States government.

Hamilton County is included in the Grand Island, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Hamilton County is represented by the prefix 28 (it had the 28th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

The first permanent settlers arrived in Hamilton County in 1866.[3] Hamilton County was created in 1867,[4] and was organized in 1870.[5][6] It was named for Alexander Hamilton.[7]

Geography[edit]

The Platte River flows northeastward along the NW side of Hamilton County, forming the NW boundary line with Merrick County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 547 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 543 square miles (1,410 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870130
18808,2676,259.2%
189014,09670.5%
190013,330−5.4%
191013,4591.0%
192013,237−1.6%
193012,159−8.1%
19409,982−17.9%
19508,778−12.1%
19608,714−0.7%
19708,8671.8%
19809,3014.9%
19908,862−4.7%
20009,4036.1%
20109,124−3.0%
Est. 20179,207[16]0.9%
US Decennial Census[17]
1790-1960[18] 1900-1990[19]
1990-2000[20] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[21] there were 9,403 people, 3,503 households, and 2,676 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 3,850 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.43% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,503 households out of which 37.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.40% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.60% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.07.

The county population contained 29.10% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,277, and the median income for a family was $45,659. Males had a median income of $29,238 versus $20,308 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,590. About 5.90% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 5.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Politics[edit]

Hamilton County voters have long been reliably Republican. In only one national election since 1916 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[22]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.6% 3,783 17.6% 878 6.9% 343
2012 73.9% 3,600 23.5% 1,146 2.6% 125
2008 70.6% 3,389 27.8% 1,332 1.6% 78
2004 77.8% 3,785 20.8% 1,012 1.4% 69
2000 72.4% 3,251 23.7% 1,066 3.9% 174
1996 61.4% 2,623 27.4% 1,172 11.2% 479
1992 51.7% 2,388 21.5% 994 26.7% 1,235
1988 69.7% 3,022 29.7% 1,289 0.5% 23
1984 79.8% 3,418 19.7% 842 0.6% 25
1980 74.9% 3,200 18.2% 778 6.9% 293
1976 65.5% 2,737 32.0% 1,337 2.6% 107
1972 76.6% 2,960 23.5% 907
1968 70.9% 2,592 25.1% 918 3.9% 144
1964 52.7% 2,105 47.3% 1,886
1960 72.7% 3,249 27.4% 1,223
1956 75.0% 3,217 25.1% 1,075
1952 76.0% 3,579 24.0% 1,130
1948 61.5% 2,406 38.5% 1,509
1944 69.7% 3,057 30.3% 1,330
1940 66.4% 3,286 33.6% 1,666
1936 50.4% 2,748 48.7% 2,653 0.9% 48
1932 39.7% 2,003 58.8% 2,969 1.6% 79
1928 68.8% 3,634 30.4% 1,606 0.8% 44
1924 56.1% 2,935 29.5% 1,545 14.3% 750
1920 66.9% 2,950 30.8% 1,356 2.4% 104
1916 43.2% 1,444 54.3% 1,816 2.6% 86
1912 14.6% 450 46.4% 1,433 39.0% 1,205
1908 47.4% 1,633 48.3% 1,664 4.4% 151
1904 61.4% 1,845 18.3% 551 20.3% 610
1900 47.9% 1,524 49.3% 1,571 2.8% 90

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Vol. 1. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. p. 116.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 70. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Hamilton County Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. July 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  6. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved on March 15, 2008.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Gadwall State Wildlife Management Area, Aurora NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  10. ^ Nelson Federal Waterfowl Production Area, Aurora NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  11. ^ Pintail State Wildlife Management Area, Aurora NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  12. ^ Rainwater Basin Wildlife Management District, Aurora NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  13. ^ Springer Federal Waterfowl Production Area, Aurota NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  14. ^ Troester Federal Waterfowl Production Area, Aurora NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  15. ^ Deep Well State Wildlife Management Area, Phillips NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  16. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  17. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  18. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  19. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  20. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  21. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  22. ^ Election Results

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Coordinates: 40°53′N 98°01′W / 40.88°N 98.02°W / 40.88; -98.02