Kimball County, Nebraska

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Kimball County
Kimball County Courthouse in Kimball
Kimball County Courthouse in Kimball
Map of Nebraska highlighting Kimball 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°12′N 103°43′W / 41.2°N 103.71°W / 41.2; -103.71
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1888
SeatKimball
Largest cityKimball
Area
 • Total952 sq mi (2,470 km2)
 • Land952 sq mi (2,470 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (2 km2)  0.06%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
3,619
 • Density3.8/sq mi (1.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.kimball.ne.us

Kimball County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 3,821.[1] Its county seat is Kimball.[2] The county was formed in 1888 and named after railroad pioneer Thomas Lord Kimball.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Kimball County is represented by the prefix 71 (it was the county having the seventy-first-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Kimball County consists of rolling hills sloping to the east. The flatter portions are mainly used for agriculture, mostly dry farming with a modest amount of center pivot irrigation. A small drainage, Lodgepole Creek, feeds into the Oliver Reservoir, in the western central part of the county.[4] The county has a total area of 952 square miles (2,470 km2), of which 952 square miles (2,470 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.06%) is water.[5] The highest natural point in Nebraska, Panorama Point at 5,424 feet (1,653 m), is located in Kimball County.

The FIPS code of Kimball county is 31105.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890959
1900758−21.0%
19101,942156.2%
19204,498131.6%
19304,6753.9%
19403,913−16.3%
19504,2839.5%
19607,97586.2%
19706,009−24.7%
19804,882−18.8%
19904,108−15.9%
20004,089−0.5%
20103,821−6.6%
Est. 20173,619[8]−5.3%
US Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[13] there were 4,089 people, 1,727 households, and 1,136 families in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,972 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.99% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. 3.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.3% were of German, 12.2% English, 7.9% Irish, 6.1% American and 5.5% Swedish ancestry.

There were 1,727 households out of which 26.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.20% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.89.

The county population contained 24.70% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,586, and the median income for a family was $35,880. Males had a median income of $28,300 versus $16,863 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,525. About 9.10% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Kimball County voters are reliably Republican. In only three national elections has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 79.3% 1,330 13.7% 230 7.0% 117
2012 73.2% 1,235 23.4% 395 3.4% 57
2008 74.3% 1,346 24.2% 439 1.4% 26
2004 79.4% 1,491 19.5% 366 1.1% 20
2000 75.8% 1,379 20.8% 379 3.4% 62
1996 56.7% 1,011 29.5% 527 13.8% 246
1992 52.0% 931 22.8% 408 25.2% 450
1988 69.9% 1,321 28.6% 540 1.5% 29
1984 83.1% 1,734 16.2% 339 0.7% 14
1980 75.6% 1,615 18.0% 385 6.4% 136
1976 62.8% 1,257 34.8% 696 2.4% 48
1972 79.1% 1,650 20.9% 437
1968 68.6% 1,423 20.0% 414 11.4% 237
1964 55.9% 1,573 44.1% 1,242
1960 67.9% 2,152 32.1% 1,016
1956 70.8% 1,590 29.2% 656
1952 77.6% 1,646 22.4% 475
1948 60.4% 1,024 39.6% 672
1944 67.0% 1,169 33.0% 576
1940 61.8% 1,190 38.2% 735
1936 41.4% 842 56.0% 1,137 2.6% 53
1932 37.6% 793 60.1% 1,268 2.3% 49
1928 74.0% 1,296 25.0% 438 1.0% 17
1924 51.2% 750 17.3% 253 31.5% 461
1920 70.1% 910 26.1% 339 3.9% 50
1916 34.4% 223 59.8% 388 5.9% 38
1912 17.9% 73 26.7% 109 55.5% 227
1908 60.5% 216 34.7% 124 4.8% 17
1904 80.3% 143 11.2% 20 8.4% 15
1900 72.1% 137 25.3% 48 2.6% 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Kimball County NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  6. ^ [1] US Census Bureau
  7. ^ Oliver State Recreation Area, Kimball NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  14. ^ Election Results

Coordinates: 41°12′N 103°43′W / 41.20°N 103.71°W / 41.20; -103.71