Phelps County, Nebraska

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Phelps County
Phelps County Courthouse in Holdrege
Phelps County Courthouse in Holdrege
Map of Nebraska highlighting Phelps 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°31′N 99°25′W / 40.51°N 99.41°W / 40.51; -99.41
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1873
SeatHoldrege
Largest cityHoldrege
Area
 • Total540 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Land540 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (2 km2)  0.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
9,060
 • Density16.8/sq mi (6.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.phelpsgov.org

Phelps County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 9,188.[1] Its county seat is Holdrege.[2] The county was formed in 1873, and was named for William Phelps, an early settler.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Phelps County is represented by the prefix 37 (it had the 37th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

It is considered part of the Kearney μSA's development and expansion plans.

Geography[edit]

Phelps County terrain consists of low rolling hills, mostly devoted to agriculture, sloping to the east, and dropping off toward the river basin along its northern boundary line. The Platte River flows eastward along the north line.[4][5]

The county has a total area of 540 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 540 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.1%) is water.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Atlanta Marsh National Wildlife Management Area[7]
  • Cottonwood Federal Waterfowl Production Area[8]
  • Johnson Federal Waterfowl Production Area[9]
  • Jones Federal Waterfowl Production Area[10]
  • Lake Seldom Wildlife Refuge[11]
  • Lynder Federal Waterfowl Production Area[12]
  • Richardson Lagoon State Wildlife Management Area[13]
  • Sacramento-Wilcox State Wildlife Management Area[14]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18802,447
18909,869303.3%
190010,7729.1%
191010,451−3.0%
19209,900−5.3%
19309,261−6.5%
19408,452−8.7%
19509,0487.1%
19609,8008.3%
19709,553−2.5%
19809,7692.3%
19909,715−0.6%
20009,7470.3%
20109,188−5.7%
Est. 20179,060[15]−1.4%
US Decennial Census[16]
1790-1960[17] 1900-1990[18]
1990-2000[19] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[20] there were 9,747 people, 3,844 households, and 2,683 families in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,191 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.79% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,844 households out of which 33.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.60% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% 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 3.00.

The county population contained 26.50% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 18.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,319, and the median income for a family was $44,943. Males had a median income of $28,962 versus $21,741 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,044. About 6.20% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.10% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Phelps County voters have been reliably Republican for decades. In no national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[21]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 82.0% 3,849 12.2% 572 5.8% 274
2012 77.6% 3,400 20.1% 880 2.3% 100
2008 75.1% 3,360 23.5% 1,050 1.4% 63
2004 81.6% 3,872 17.5% 830 0.9% 41
2000 77.3% 3,575 20.2% 934 2.6% 118
1996 65.9% 3,015 23.4% 1,071 10.8% 492
1992 56.1% 2,752 16.9% 830 27.0% 1,321
1988 75.6% 3,316 23.9% 1,047 0.6% 24
1984 83.1% 3,741 16.4% 740 0.4% 20
1980 78.0% 3,465 16.5% 734 5.5% 246
1976 71.2% 3,210 25.9% 1,168 2.9% 131
1972 82.0% 3,356 18.0% 735
1968 73.4% 2,976 20.4% 825 6.3% 254
1964 53.1% 2,440 46.9% 2,153
1960 75.2% 3,795 24.8% 1,252
1956 72.7% 3,502 27.3% 1,313
1952 78.0% 3,822 22.0% 1,079
1948 57.8% 2,489 42.2% 1,815
1944 62.9% 2,460 37.1% 1,451
1940 57.6% 2,512 42.4% 1,847
1936 42.0% 1,884 57.6% 2,587 0.4% 19
1932 39.1% 1,709 59.2% 2,589 1.7% 74
1928 77.6% 3,297 21.8% 927 0.6% 27
1924 48.9% 1,928 25.2% 993 25.9% 1,023
1920 61.9% 2,324 31.1% 1,169 7.0% 261
1916 38.6% 971 56.7% 1,425 4.7% 119
1912 10.6% 254 40.4% 972 49.0% 1,179
1908 51.1% 1,445 43.8% 1,238 5.1% 145
1904 67.9% 1,567 9.5% 219 22.7% 523
1900 53.3% 1,202 43.4% 979 3.4% 76

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder A. M. "Nebraska Place-Names". University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. 6: 113. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Finding an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  5. ^ Phelps County NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 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. ^ Atlanta Marsh National Wildlife Management Area, Holdrege NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  8. ^ Cottonwood Federal Waterfowl Production Area, Bertrand NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  9. ^ Johnson Federal Waterfowl Production Area Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  10. ^ Jones Federal Waterfowl Production Area, Holdrege NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  11. ^ Lake Seldom Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  12. ^ Lynder Federal Waterfowl Production Area Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  13. ^ Richardson Lagoon State Wildlife Management Area Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  14. ^ Sacramento-Wilcox State Wildlive Management Area, Wilcox NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  15. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  16. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  17. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  18. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  19. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  20. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  21. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Coordinates: 40°31′N 99°25′W / 40.51°N 99.41°W / 40.51; -99.41