Johnson County, Nebraska

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Johnson County, Nebraska
Johnson County, Nebraska courthouse from W 2.JPG
Johnson County Courthouse in Tecumseh
Map of Nebraska highlighting Johnson County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1855 (founded)
1857 (organized)
Named forRichard Mentor Johnson
SeatTecumseh
Largest cityTecumseh
Area
 • Total377 sq mi (976 km2)
 • Land376 sq mi (974 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)5,185
 • Density13.8/sq mi (5.3/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitejohnsoncounty.ne.gov

Johnson County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,217.[1] Its county seat is Tecumseh.[2] The county was formed in 1855, and was organized in 1857.[3][4][5] It was named for Richard Mentor Johnson, who was Vice President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.[6]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Johnson County is represented by the prefix 57 (it had the fifty-seventh-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Johnson County consists of low rolling hills whose flattened tops are mostly used for agriculture. The Big Nemaha River flows southeastward through the central part of the county.[7] The county has a total area of 377 square miles (980 km2), of which 376 square miles (970 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.2%) is water.[8] It is the fourth-smallest county in Nebraska by area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860528
18703,429549.4%
18807,595121.5%
189010,33336.1%
190011,1978.4%
191010,187−9.0%
19208,940−12.2%
19309,1572.4%
19408,662−5.4%
19507,251−16.3%
19606,281−13.4%
19705,743−8.6%
19805,285−8.0%
19904,673−11.6%
20004,488−4.0%
20105,21716.2%
Est. 20175,185[9]−0.6%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[14] there were 4,488 people, 1,887 households, and 1,254 families in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 2,116 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.54% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 2.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.96% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 2.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,887 households out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 29.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

The county population contained 24.20% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 22.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,460, and the median income for a family was $41,000. Males had a median income of $26,282 versus $20,799 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,437. About 6.70% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 11.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Johnson County voters have been reliably Republican for decades. In no national election since 1964 has the county selected a Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.9% 1,355 27.0% 563 8.2% 171
2012 59.4% 1,225 38.3% 790 2.3% 48
2008 54.1% 1,142 43.3% 914 2.6% 54
2004 61.4% 1,470 37.0% 885 1.6% 39
2000 57.3% 1,210 37.6% 794 5.1% 108
1996 48.0% 1,009 36.6% 770 15.4% 324
1992 37.5% 885 34.8% 822 27.7% 653
1988 50.2% 1,182 49.4% 1,164 0.4% 10
1984 64.4% 1,542 34.3% 821 1.4% 33
1980 67.0% 1,719 24.4% 626 8.6% 220
1976 52.9% 1,298 45.4% 1,115 1.7% 42
1972 64.1% 1,637 35.9% 917
1968 60.8% 1,508 30.6% 759 8.7% 215
1964 45.8% 1,312 54.2% 1,554
1960 64.6% 2,098 35.4% 1,151
1956 65.5% 2,160 34.6% 1,140
1952 74.0% 2,787 26.0% 978
1948 58.5% 1,817 41.5% 1,291
1944 72.2% 2,649 27.8% 1,019
1940 68.3% 2,919 31.7% 1,357
1936 47.0% 2,126 52.1% 2,359 0.9% 40
1932 39.3% 1,644 59.9% 2,505 0.8% 32
1928 63.7% 2,632 35.9% 1,485 0.4% 17
1924 54.1% 2,075 33.5% 1,285 12.4% 474
1920 71.3% 2,416 26.8% 909 1.9% 64
1916 54.4% 1,373 44.3% 1,117 1.4% 34
1912 29.8% 672 39.4% 890 30.8% 695
1908 53.0% 1,357 44.9% 1,150 2.1% 53
1904 63.5% 1,611 25.3% 642 11.3% 286
1900 54.9% 1,532 42.2% 1,179 2.9% 82

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. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 82. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Reconnaissance Level Survey for: Johnson County Nebraska Historic Building Survey" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Johnson County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 169.
  7. ^ Johnson County NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  15. ^ Election Results

Coordinates: 40°24′N 96°16′W / 40.40°N 96.27°W / 40.40; -96.27