Thayer County, Nebraska

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Thayer County
Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron
Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron
Map of Nebraska highlighting Thayer 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 97°35′W / 40.18°N 97.59°W / 40.18; -97.59
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1856 (founded - as "Jefferson County")
1871 (organized - as "Thayer County")
Named forJohn Milton Thayer
SeatHebron
Largest cityHebron
Area
 • Total575 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land574 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water1.2 sq mi (3 km2)  0.2%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
5,045
 • Density8.8/sq mi (3.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitethayercountyne.gov

Thayer County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,228.[1] Its county seat is Hebron.[2] The county was created in 1856 and originally named Jefferson County. It was organized in 1870-1871 and renamed for General and Governor John Milton Thayer.[3][4][5][6]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Thayer County is represented by the prefix 32 (it had the thirty-second-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

Thayer County lies on the south line of Nebraska. Its south boundary line abuts the north boundary line of the state of Kansas. Its terrain consists of rolling hills, sloped toward the east. A local drainage, Big Sandy Creek, flows southeast and east through the northern part of the county, and another drainage, Rose Creek, flows northeastward through the SE corner of the county (they converge east of Thayer County's east boundary line). The planar portions of the terrain are partially used for agriculture.[7]

Thayer County has an area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Prairie Marsh State Wildlife Management Area[9]
  • Prairie Marsh West State Wildlife Management Area[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18806,113
189012,738108.4%
190014,32512.5%
191014,7753.1%
192013,976−5.4%
193013,684−2.1%
194012,262−10.4%
195010,563−13.9%
19609,118−13.7%
19707,779−14.7%
19807,582−2.5%
19906,635−12.5%
20006,055−8.7%
20105,228−13.7%
Est. 20175,045[11]−3.5%
US Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[16] there were 6,055 people, 2,541 households, and 1,689 families in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,828 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.70% White, 0.02% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,541 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 5.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 31.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90.

The county population contained 24.10% under the age of 18, 4.90% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 24.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,740, and the median income for a family was $38,346. Males had a median income of $26,964 versus $18,275 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,043. About 7.60% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.80% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Thayer County voters are reliably Republican. In only one national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 76.3% 2,051 18.6% 499 5.2% 140
2012 70.5% 1,874 27.4% 728 2.1% 57
2008 65.8% 1,749 32.3% 860 1.9% 50
2004 72.1% 2,075 26.6% 764 1.4% 39
2000 69.7% 2,096 27.3% 821 3.0% 89
1996 56.8% 1,698 31.2% 933 12.0% 358
1992 40.8% 1,391 27.1% 924 32.1% 1,095
1988 59.6% 1,981 39.8% 1,322 0.7% 23
1984 72.7% 2,580 26.6% 946 0.7% 25
1980 68.9% 2,514 25.4% 926 5.8% 210
1976 59.4% 1,994 39.1% 1,315 1.5% 51
1972 69.9% 2,274 30.1% 978
1968 65.3% 2,331 29.7% 1,061 5.0% 177
1964 48.1% 2,132 51.9% 2,298
1960 67.4% 3,202 32.6% 1,550
1956 69.8% 3,346 30.2% 1,447
1952 75.9% 3,992 24.1% 1,266
1948 57.4% 2,601 42.6% 1,931
1944 68.4% 3,554 31.6% 1,644
1940 65.2% 3,893 34.8% 2,077
1936 42.9% 2,628 55.8% 3,418 1.3% 79
1932 32.3% 1,878 66.1% 3,841 1.6% 90
1928 61.8% 3,552 37.8% 2,173 0.4% 23
1924 52.7% 2,847 31.8% 1,719 15.4% 833
1920 73.3% 3,456 23.8% 1,120 2.9% 138
1916 51.3% 1,772 45.7% 1,581 3.0% 104
1912 21.4% 703 45.3% 1,490 33.3% 1,097
1908 49.1% 1,714 48.8% 1,703 2.2% 76
1904 62.5% 1,930 26.3% 812 11.2% 347
1900 54.1% 1,825 44.9% 1,516 1.0% 33

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. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 138. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey Reconnaissance Survey Final Report of Thayer County, Nebraska" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. August 1, 1991. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  5. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Thayer County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Thayer County NE Google Maps (accessed 25 January 2019)
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Prairie Marsh State Wildlife Management Area, Bruning NE Google Maps (accessed 25 January 2019)
  10. ^ Prairie Marsh West State Wildlife Management Area, Carleton NE Google Maps (accessed 25 January 2019)
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  12. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  17. ^ Election Results

External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 40°11′N 97°35′W / 40.18°N 97.59°W / 40.18; -97.59