Perkins County, Nebraska

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Perkins County
Perkins County Courthouse in Grant
Map of Nebraska highlighting Perkins 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°50′N 101°40′W / 40.84°N 101.66°W / 40.84; -101.66
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1887
Named forCharles Elliott Perkins
SeatGrant
Largest cityGrant
Area
 • Total884 sq mi (2,290 km2)
 • Land883 sq mi (2,290 km2)
 • Water1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
2,903
 • Density3.3/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.perkins.ne.us

Perkins County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 2,970.[1] Its county seat is Grant.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Perkins County is represented by the prefix 74 (it had the seventy-fourth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Perkins County was organized in 1887. It is believed to have been named for Charles E. Perkins, the president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.[3]

Geography[edit]

Perkins County lies on the southwest side of Nebraska. Its west boundary line abuts the east boundary line of the state of Colorado. The county terrain consists of arid, low rolling hills. The planar areas are used for agriculture, usually employing center pivot irrigation.[4] The land slopes to the southeast.[5]

The county has an area of 884 square miles (2,290 km2), of which 883 square miles (2,290 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.[6]

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

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18904,364
19001,702−61.0%
19102,57051.0%
19203,96754.4%
19305,83447.1%
19405,197−10.9%
19504,809−7.5%
19604,189−12.9%
19703,423−18.3%
19803,6376.3%
19903,367−7.4%
20003,200−5.0%
20102,970−7.2%
2017 (est.)2,903[8]−2.3%
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 3,200 people, 1,275 households, and 893 families in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 1,444 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 1.34% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 2.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,275 households, out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.90% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.

The county population contained 26.60% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,205, and the median income for a family was $42,112. Males had a median income of $28,438 versus $19,881 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,830. About 9.50% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.10% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Perkins County voters are reliably Republican. In no national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2020).

United States presidential election results for Perkins County, Nebraska[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,321 85.56% 199 12.89% 24 1.55%
2016 1,217 83.64% 161 11.07% 77 5.29%
2012 1,135 81.42% 238 17.07% 21 1.51%
2008 1,092 76.90% 310 21.83% 18 1.27%
2004 1,285 82.48% 262 16.82% 11 0.71%
2000 1,170 80.58% 243 16.74% 39 2.69%
1996 1,018 66.06% 352 22.84% 171 11.10%
1992 842 50.54% 300 18.01% 524 31.45%
1988 1,118 69.70% 468 29.18% 18 1.12%
1984 1,420 81.80% 307 17.68% 9 0.52%
1980 1,342 76.16% 313 17.76% 107 6.07%
1976 981 59.49% 622 37.72% 46 2.79%
1972 1,165 76.70% 354 23.30% 0 0.00%
1968 1,165 70.52% 360 21.79% 127 7.69%
1964 912 50.98% 877 49.02% 0 0.00%
1960 1,301 65.12% 697 34.88% 0 0.00%
1956 1,296 66.06% 666 33.94% 0 0.00%
1952 1,637 78.40% 451 21.60% 0 0.00%
1948 904 51.16% 863 48.84% 0 0.00%
1944 1,301 61.75% 806 38.25% 0 0.00%
1940 1,413 57.28% 1,054 42.72% 0 0.00%
1936 861 35.00% 1,584 64.39% 15 0.61%
1932 674 28.11% 1,669 69.60% 55 2.29%
1928 1,461 69.37% 631 29.96% 14 0.66%
1924 836 50.61% 493 29.84% 323 19.55%
1920 722 61.19% 387 32.80% 71 6.02%
1916 210 32.06% 397 60.61% 48 7.33%
1912 101 17.44% 253 43.70% 225 38.86%
1908 254 48.57% 265 50.67% 4 0.76%
1904 179 54.74% 57 17.43% 91 27.83%
1900 184 43.50% 231 54.61% 8 1.89%


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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Archives Record: Perkins County, Nebraska".[Usurped!] Nebraska State Historical Society.[Usurped!] Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  4. ^ Perkins County NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  5. ^ "Find Elevation Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)". Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Map of Time Zone Line through Nebraska (accessed 22 January 2019)
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ Election Results

Coordinates: 40°50′N 101°40′W / 40.84°N 101.66°W / 40.84; -101.66