Webster County, Nebraska

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Webster County
Webster County Courthouse in Red Cloud
Webster County Courthouse in Red Cloud
Map of Nebraska highlighting Webster 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 98°30′W / 40.18°N 98.5°W / 40.18; -98.5
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1871
Named forDaniel Webster
SeatRed Cloud
Largest cityRed Cloud
Area
 • Total575 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land575 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)  0.02%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
3,524
 • Density6.1/sq mi (2.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.webster.ne.us

Webster County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 3,812.[1] Its county seat is Red Cloud.[2] The county was formed in 1871, and was named for Daniel Webster.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Webster County is represented by the prefix 45 (it had the forty-fifth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

Webster County lies along the south line of Nebraska. Its south boundary line abuts the north boundary line of the state of Kansas. The terrain of Webster County consists of low rolling hills, sloping to the east. The more planar areas of the county are used for agriculture, mostly under center pivot irrigation.[4]

The Republican River flows eastward across the lower part of the county. The county has an area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.02%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Indian Creek State Wildlife Management Area[6]
  • Liberty Cove Recreation Area[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
187016
18807,10444,300.0%
189011,21057.8%
190011,6193.6%
191012,0083.3%
192010,922−9.0%
193010,210−6.5%
19408,701−14.8%
19507,395−15.0%
19606,224−15.8%
19705,396−13.3%
19804,858−10.0%
19904,279−11.9%
20004,061−5.1%
20103,812−6.1%
Est. 20173,524[8]−7.6%
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 4,061 people, 1,708 households, and 1,118 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,972 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.10% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.7% were of German, 9.7% English, 8.3% American and 7.6% Irish ancestry.

There were 1,708 households out of which 26.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 5.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 32.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

The county population contained 23.60% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 24.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,026, and the median income for a family was $36,513. Males had a median income of $26,555 versus $18,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,802. About 7.70% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Webster County voters are reliably Republican. In no national election since 1964 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 77.9% 1,330 17.9% 306 4.2% 72
2012 72.2% 1,258 25.4% 442 2.4% 42
2008 67.9% 1,233 30.4% 552 1.8% 32
2004 70.1% 1,403 27.8% 557 2.1% 42
2000 66.9% 1,302 30.0% 584 3.0% 59
1996 56.0% 1,094 31.8% 621 12.3% 240
1992 43.0% 973 27.6% 625 29.4% 666
1988 59.0% 1,314 40.0% 891 0.9% 21
1984 71.9% 1,694 27.4% 645 0.7% 16
1980 69.8% 1,676 22.8% 547 7.5% 180
1976 51.9% 1,267 46.3% 1,130 1.8% 44
1972 70.1% 1,631 29.9% 696
1968 61.1% 1,521 31.4% 781 7.5% 186
1964 41.8% 1,191 58.2% 1,657
1960 64.8% 2,026 35.3% 1,103
1956 70.6% 2,298 29.4% 956
1952 74.6% 2,719 25.4% 925
1948 59.0% 1,964 41.0% 1,365
1944 69.8% 2,523 30.3% 1,094
1940 68.2% 2,847 31.8% 1,329
1936 43.8% 1,912 55.1% 2,408 1.1% 48
1932 37.1% 1,627 60.0% 2,632 3.0% 130
1928 68.2% 2,924 31.3% 1,342 0.5% 20
1924 54.4% 2,194 29.9% 1,207 15.7% 632
1920 70.7% 2,599 24.8% 913 4.4% 163
1916 43.0% 1,191 53.0% 1,469 4.0% 111
1912 19.3% 532 42.3% 1,168 38.5% 1,064
1908 48.6% 1,408 46.7% 1,354 4.7% 136
1904 61.8% 1,585 16.5% 424 21.6% 554
1900 49.7% 1,355 48.5% 1,322 1.9% 51

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Webster County NE Google Maps (accessed 24 January 2019)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Indian Creek State Wildlife Management Area, Red Cloud NE Google Maps (accessed 24 January 2019)
  7. ^ Liberty Cove Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 24 January 2019)
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  14. ^ Election Results

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°11′N 98°30′W / 40.18°N 98.50°W / 40.18; -98.50