York County, Nebraska

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York County
York County courthouse in York
York County courthouse in York
Map of Nebraska highlighting York 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°52′N 97°36′W / 40.87°N 97.6°W / 40.87; -97.6
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1870
SeatYork
Largest cityYork
Area
 • Total576 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land573 sq mi (1,480 km2)
 • Water3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
13,806
 • Density24.1/sq mi (9.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.yorkcounty.ne.gov

York County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 13,665.[1] Its county seat is York.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, York County is represented by the prefix 17 (it had the seventeenth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

York County was organized in 1870. Sources differ on the origin of the county's name: some state it was named after York in England, while others maintain it was named by early settlers from York County, Pennsylvania.[3]

Geography[edit]

The terrain of York County consists of rolling prairie, mostly devoted to agriculture. The ground slopes toward the Platte River, to the northwest. The county has a total area of 576 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 573 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Kirkpatrick Basin North State Wildlife Area[5]
  • Kirkpatrick Basin South State Wildlife Area[6]
  • Renquist Basin State Wildlife Management Area[7]
  • Waco Waterfowl Production Area[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870604
188011,1701,749.3%
189017,27954.7%
190018,2055.4%
191018,7212.8%
192017,146−8.4%
193017,2390.5%
194014,874−13.7%
195014,346−3.5%
196013,724−4.3%
197013,685−0.3%
198014,7988.1%
199014,428−2.5%
200014,5981.2%
201013,665−6.4%
Est. 201713,806[9]1.0%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[14] there were 14,598 people, 5,722 households, and 3,931 families in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,172 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.78% White, 0.96% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.0% were of German, 8.2% Irish, 7.2% English and 5.1% Swedish ancestry.

There were 5,722 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.

The county population contained 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,093, and the median income for a family was $44,741. Males had a median income of $30,658 versus $19,874 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,670. About 6.00% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Government[edit]

The County Board of Commissioners is the executive and legislative authority of the county.[15]

Politics[edit]

York County voters have traditionally been strong Republicans. In only one national election since 1916 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 73.7% 4,700 18.6% 1,186 7.8% 495
2012 76.7% 4,874 21.6% 1,373 1.7% 108
2008 73.8% 4,848 24.5% 1,607 1.7% 113
2004 79.3% 5,393 19.2% 1,304 1.5% 100
2000 74.6% 4,816 21.8% 1,407 3.7% 237
1996 65.6% 4,266 25.4% 1,653 9.0% 588
1992 53.9% 3,783 19.8% 1,385 26.3% 1,845
1988 72.8% 4,765 26.8% 1,751 0.5% 31
1984 82.1% 5,147 17.9% 1,124
1980 76.7% 5,089 17.1% 1,131 6.2% 414
1976 69.6% 4,223 27.5% 1,665 2.9% 178
1972 77.9% 4,651 22.1% 1,318
1968 72.4% 3,923 22.8% 1,237 4.8% 259
1964 54.6% 3,410 45.4% 2,832
1960 74.7% 5,205 25.3% 1,764
1956 76.4% 5,065 23.7% 1,569
1952 79.6% 5,742 20.4% 1,468
1948 65.4% 3,960 34.6% 2,091
1944 73.0% 4,885 27.0% 1,808
1940 70.8% 5,322 29.3% 2,200
1936 54.1% 4,554 44.5% 3,741 1.4% 120
1932 47.1% 3,573 51.7% 3,920 1.1% 86
1928 74.2% 5,769 25.4% 1,979 0.4% 31
1924 58.7% 4,110 25.4% 1,778 16.0% 1,119
1920 66.9% 4,265 29.1% 1,857 4.0% 256
1916 46.2% 2,011 50.7% 2,206 3.1% 134
1912 23.4% 962 45.9% 1,886 30.7% 1,263
1908 50.4% 2,209 46.6% 2,042 3.0% 133
1904 64.2% 2,529 19.1% 754 16.7% 659
1900 53.1% 2,207 45.0% 1,871 2.0% 82

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. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Perkey, Elton A. Perkey's Nebraska Place Names. Revised edition, 2003. Nebraska State Historical Society. p. 191.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Kirkpatrick Basin North State Wildlife Management Area, York NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  6. ^ Kirkpatrick Basin South State Wildlife Management Area, Henderson NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  7. ^ Renquist Basin State Wildlife Management Area, Bradshaw NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  8. ^ Waco Waterfowl Production Area, Waco NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  15. ^ "Board of Commissioners". Archived October 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine York County, Nebraska. Archived June 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Election Results

Coordinates: 40°52′N 97°36′W / 40.87°N 97.60°W / 40.87; -97.60