Red Willow County, Nebraska

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Red Willow County
Red Willow County Courthouse in McCook
Red Willow County Courthouse in McCook
Map of Nebraska highlighting Red Willow 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°11′N 100°29′W / 40.18°N 100.48°W / 40.18; -100.48
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1873
Named forRed Willow Creek
SeatMcCook
Largest cityMcCook
Area
 • Total718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land717 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Water1.0 sq mi (3 km2)  0.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
10,728
 • Density15.0/sq mi (5.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.red-willow.ne.us

Red Willow County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 11,055.[1] Its county seat is McCook.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Red Willow County is represented by the prefix 48 (it had the forty-eighth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Red Willow County was formed in 1873. It was named for the Red Willow Creek. The name is reported to be a mistranslation of the Dakota Indian name Chanshasha Wakpala, which literally means Red Dogwood Creek. The Dakota referred to the creek thusly due to red dogwood shrubs that grew along the creek banks. Its stem and branches are deep red in color, and it is favored in basket making.[3]

Geography[edit]

Red Willow County lies on the south line of Nebraska. The south boundary line of Red Willow County abuts the north boundary line of the state of Kansas. The Republican River runs easterly through the north-central part of the county. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, sloping to the east. The portions of the terrain in the drainage basins are used for agriculture.[4] The county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 717 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Red Willow Reservoir State Wildlife Management Area (part)[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18803,044
18908,837190.3%
19009,6048.7%
191011,05615.1%
192011,4343.4%
193013,85921.2%
194011,951−13.8%
195012,9778.6%
196012,940−0.3%
197012,191−5.8%
198012,6153.5%
199011,705−7.2%
200011,448−2.2%
201011,055−3.4%
Est. 201710,728[7]−3.0%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[12] there were 11,448 people, 4,710 households, and 3,188 families in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 5,278 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.55% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 2.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,710 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,293, and the median income for a family was $40,279. Males had a median income of $27,768 versus $18,768 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,303. About 7.60% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Red Willow County voters have been reliably Republican for several decades. In no national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016), and only five total from 1900 to the present.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 82.4% 4,258 12.5% 645 5.2% 267
2012 78.8% 3,891 19.3% 952 1.9% 93
2008 74.1% 3,735 24.1% 1,216 1.8% 93
2004 78.5% 4,129 20.1% 1,055 1.4% 74
2000 73.2% 3,680 23.6% 1,188 3.1% 157
1996 62.1% 3,112 27.2% 1,365 10.7% 534
1992 46.8% 2,500 21.8% 1,166 31.4% 1,676
1988 68.2% 3,331 30.9% 1,511 0.9% 43
1984 79.7% 4,131 19.8% 1,026 0.5% 27
1980 76.7% 4,050 17.0% 899 6.2% 329
1976 61.9% 2,978 35.8% 1,722 2.3% 110
1972 79.9% 3,701 20.1% 931
1968 67.0% 3,066 25.0% 1,145 8.0% 364
1964 53.1% 2,740 46.9% 2,416
1960 66.9% 3,890 33.1% 1,922
1956 70.1% 3,806 29.9% 1,625
1952 73.1% 4,433 26.9% 1,631
1948 53.8% 2,610 46.2% 2,238
1944 59.3% 3,107 40.7% 2,132
1940 55.7% 3,119 44.3% 2,481
1936 36.5% 2,078 60.5% 3,445 3.0% 169
1932 35.3% 1,972 62.2% 3,479 2.5% 141
1928 66.1% 3,559 32.9% 1,770 1.0% 55
1924 44.6% 1,931 25.9% 1,122 29.5% 1,276
1920 58.9% 1,993 33.5% 1,133 7.7% 259
1916 38.0% 977 55.2% 1,418 6.8% 174
1912 11.8% 256 42.4% 923 45.8% 998[14]
1908 46.2% 1,242 49.0% 1,317 4.9% 131
1904 66.3% 1,373 14.8% 306 18.9% 392
1900 55.3% 1,192 42.0% 905 2.8% 60

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "History" Archived 4 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Nebraska Association of County Officials, Retrieved on March 14, 2008.
  4. ^ Red Willow County NE Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Red Willow Reservoir State Wildlife Management Area, McCook NE Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  13. ^ Election Results
  14. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 782 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 190 votes and Prohibition Eugene Chafin received 26 votes.

External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 40°11′N 100°29′W / 40.18°N 100.48°W / 40.18; -100.48