Saline County, Nebraska

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Saline County, Nebraska
Saline County, Nebraska courthouse from NE.JPG
Saline County courthouse in Wilber
Map of Nebraska highlighting Saline 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)
1867 (organized)
SeatWilber
Largest cityCrete
Area
 • Total576 sq mi (1,492 km2)
 • Land574 sq mi (1,487 km2)
 • Water2.3 sq mi (6 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)14,441
 • Density25.2/sq mi (9.7/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.saline.ne.us

Saline County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 14,200.[1] Its county seat is Wilber.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Saline County is represented by the prefix 22 (it had the twenty-second-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Saline County was formed in 1855 and organized in 1867.[3][4] The first permanent settler arrived in 1858.[5]

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Saline County is composed of low rolling hills, sloping to the east-southeast.[6] Most of the county's area is devoted to agriculture. The Big Blue River flows southward in the eastern part of the county. The middle and southern parts of the county are drained by Swan Creek and Turkey Creek, which combine and discharge into Big Blue River at the county's east boundary line close to its SE corner.[7] The county has an area of 576 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (0.4%) is water.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Willard Meyer Natural Resource District - Swan Lake[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
186039
18703,1067,864.1%
188014,491366.5%
189020,09738.7%
190018,252−9.2%
191017,866−2.1%
192016,514−7.6%
193016,5360.1%
194015,010−9.2%
195014,046−6.4%
196012,542−10.7%
197012,8092.1%
198013,1312.5%
199012,715−3.2%
200013,8438.9%
201014,2002.6%
Est. 201714,441[10]1.7%
US Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[15] there were 13,843 people, 5,188 households, and 3,507 families in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,611 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.99% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.40% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 6.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,188 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.04.

The county population contained 25.10% under the age of 18, 12.30% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 20.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,914, and the median income for a family was $44,199. Males had a median income of $30,467 versus $22,690 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,287. About 6.40% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 9.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Since 1972, Saline County has been a swing county in presidential elections, voting for the national winner in all elections since then aside from 1988 & 2012. It was formerly a strongly Democratic county, voting Republican only four times between 1900 and 1968.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 58.5% 3,004 33.7% 1,733 7.8% 399
2012 51.6% 2,557 46.2% 2,289 2.3% 112
2008 46.4% 2,434 50.9% 2,674 2.7% 143
2004 55.2% 3,071 43.5% 2,420 1.4% 75
2000 50.2% 2,581 45.1% 2,321 4.7% 243
1996 37.6% 1,945 48.8% 2,523 13.7% 707
1992 30.2% 1,740 42.1% 2,425 27.8% 1,600
1988 42.8% 2,355 56.7% 3,125 0.5% 29
1984 54.5% 2,942 44.2% 2,385 1.2% 67
1980 54.2% 2,934 35.2% 1,908 10.6% 574
1976 41.2% 2,330 56.6% 3,205 2.2% 127
1972 51.6% 2,828 48.4% 2,654
1968 44.7% 2,341 48.6% 2,543 6.7% 350
1964 30.1% 1,780 69.9% 4,125
1960 45.0% 2,881 55.0% 3,523
1956 48.9% 3,248 51.1% 3,395
1952 60.2% 4,221 39.8% 2,792
1948 42.3% 2,641 57.7% 3,598
1944 45.5% 3,255 54.5% 3,899
1940 46.5% 3,673 53.5% 4,229
1936 32.1% 2,637 66.8% 5,480 1.1% 89
1932 25.2% 1,993 73.9% 5,831 0.9% 72
1928 45.7% 3,347 54.0% 3,955 0.4% 26
1924 43.1% 2,834 47.5% 3,123 9.4% 619
1920 58.7% 3,197 39.9% 2,172 1.5% 80
1916 35.1% 1,469 63.2% 2,646 1.7% 70
1912 29.7% 1,185 48.7% 1,942 21.5% 858
1908 46.5% 2,048 51.0% 2,249 2.5% 109
1904 61.4% 2,390 28.5% 1,108 10.2% 396
1900 51.3% 2,238 46.3% 2,018 2.4% 106

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 122. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Saline County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  5. ^ Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Vol. 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. p. 135.
  6. ^ "Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 28 January 2019)
  7. ^ Saline County NE Google Maps (accessed 28 January 2019)
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. ^ Willard Meyer Natural Resource District-Swan Lake Google Maps (accessed 28 January 2019)
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  11. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  16. ^ Election Results

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Coordinates: 40°32′N 97°08′W / 40.53°N 97.14°W / 40.53; -97.14