Hooker County, Nebraska

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Hooker County
Hooker County Courthouse in Mullen
Map of Nebraska highlighting Hooker County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°53′N 101°08′W / 41.89°N 101.14°W / 41.89; -101.14
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1889
Named forJoseph Hooker
SeatMullen
Largest villageMullen
Area
 • Total721 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Land721 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  0.05%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
674
 • Density0.9/sq mi (0.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.hooker.ne.us
Map of Hooker County

Hooker County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 736.[1] Its county seat is Mullen, which (as of 2019) is the county's only community of substantial size.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Hooker County is represented by the prefix 93, because it had the smallest number of registered vehicles out of the state's 93 counties when the licensing system was established in 1922.[3]

History[edit]

Hooker County was formed in 1889 with construction of a line for Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad into the territory.[4] It was named for Civil War General Joseph Hooker.[5]

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Hooker County consists of low rolling hills running east-west. The Middle Loup River flows eastward through the upper part of the county. The county has a total area of 721 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 721 square miles (1,870 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.05%) is water.[6]

Most of Nebraska's 93 counties (the eastern 2/3) observe Central Time; the western counties observe Mountain Time. Hooker County is the easternmost of the Nebraska counties to observe Mountain Time.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Lakes[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890426
19004321.4%
1910981127.1%
19201,37840.5%
19301,180−14.4%
19401,2536.2%
19501,061−15.3%
19601,1306.5%
1970939−16.9%
19809905.4%
1990793−19.9%
2000783−1.3%
2010736−6.0%
Est. 2017674[10]−8.4%
US Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,<refe="GR2">"American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.</ref> there were 783 people, 335 households, and 220 families in the county. The population density was 1.0 person per square mile (0.4/km²). There were 440 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.72% White, 0.38% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 1.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 335 households out of which 26.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 3.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.30% were non-families. 33.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.

The county population contained 24.00% under the age of 18, 4.10% from 18 to 24, 21.60% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 26.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 83.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,868, and the median income for a family was $35,114. Males had a median income of $25,234 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,513. About 4.90% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.30% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Former communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Hooker County voters are traditionally Republican. In only three national elections since 1900 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 85.1% 355 9.6% 40 5.3% 22
2012 83.5% 330 14.9% 59 1.5% 6
2008 81.1% 355 17.1% 75 1.8% 8
2004 85.0% 392 13.9% 64 1.1% 5
2000 77.5% 317 18.1% 74 4.4% 18
1996 59.9% 308 22.4% 115 17.7% 91
1992 62.2% 283 15.4% 70 22.4% 102
1988 80.3% 378 19.3% 91 0.4% 2
1984 87.8% 433 11.2% 55 1.0% 5
1980 81.8% 386 13.4% 63 4.9% 23
1976 76.4% 326 23.0% 98 0.7% 3
1972 88.3% 394 11.7% 52
1968 87.9% 350 9.1% 36 3.0% 12
1964 71.0% 335 29.0% 137
1960 86.2% 443 13.8% 71
1956 85.2% 368 14.8% 64
1952 85.1% 411 14.9% 72
1948 74.3% 249 25.7% 86
1944 76.2% 330 23.8% 103
1940 73.3% 403 26.7% 147
1936 59.8% 288 39.6% 191 0.6% 3
1932 31.7% 162 66.9% 342 1.4% 7
1928 76.0% 355 23.6% 110 0.4% 2
1924 40.0% 176 25.2% 111 34.8% 153
1920 63.5% 230 32.3% 117 4.1% 15
1916 32.3% 109 64.5% 218 3.3% 11
1912 34.2% 103 40.2% 121 25.6% 77
1908 50.8% 100 46.2% 91 3.1% 6
1904 69.2% 72 21.2% 22 9.6% 10
1900 44.6% 37 51.8% 43 3.6% 3

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. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "History Of Nebraska Passenger Vehicle License Plates". Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Vol. 1. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. p. 119.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved on March 15, 2008.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Map of Time Zone Line through Nebraska (accessed 22 January 2019)
  8. ^ Hooker County NE Google Maps (accessed 22 January 2019)
  9. ^ Jefford Lake Google Maps (accessed 22 January 2019)
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  11. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 41°53′N 101°08′W / 41.89°N 101.14°W / 41.89; -101.14