Pawnee County, Nebraska

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Pawnee County, Nebraska
Pawnee County, Nebraska courthouse from NW 1.JPG
Map of Nebraska highlighting Pawnee County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1854
Named forPawnee people
SeatPawnee City
Largest cityPawnee City
Area
 • Total433 sq mi (1,121 km2)
 • Land431 sq mi (1,116 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (5 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)2,641
 • Density6.13/sq mi (2.37/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5

Pawnee County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 2,773.[1] Its county seat is Pawnee City.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Pawnee County is represented by the prefix 54 (it had the fifty-fourth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Pawnee County was formed in 1854.[3] It was named for the Pawnee Native American tribe.[4]

On May 30, 1879, the "Irving, Kansas Tornado" passed through Pawnee County. This tornado measured F4 on the Fujita scale, and had a damage path 800 yards wide and 100 miles.[5]

Geography[edit]

Pawnee County lies on the south line of Nebraska. Its south boundary line abuts the north boundary line of the state of Kansas. The Big Nemaha River flows southeastward through the NE corner of the county, and smaller local drainages flow upward through the county to discharge into the Big Nemaha. The county's terrain consists of rolling hills, with its planar areas largely devoted to agriculture.[6] The county has an area of 433 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 431 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.4%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Bowwood State Wildlife Management Area[8]
  • Burchard State Wildlife Management Area[9]
  • Mayberry State Wildlife Management Area[10]
  • Pawnee Prairie State Wildlife Management Area[11]
  • Prairie Knoll State Wildlife Management Area[12]
  • Table Rock State Wildlife Management Area[13]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860882
18704,171372.9%
18806,92065.9%
189010,34049.4%
190011,77013.8%
191010,582−10.1%
19209,578−9.5%
19309,423−1.6%
19408,514−9.6%
19506,744−20.8%
19605,356−20.6%
19704,473−16.5%
19803,937−12.0%
19903,317−15.7%
20003,087−6.9%
20102,773−10.2%
Est. 20172,641[14]−4.8%
US Decennial Census[15]
1790-1960[16] 1900-1990[17]
1990-2000[18] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[19] there were 3,087 people, 1,339 households, and 850 families in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,587 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.87% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,339 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.50% were non-families. 32.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.86.

The county population contained 22.70% under the age of 18, 5.10% from 18 to 24, 21.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 27.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,000, and the median income for a family was $36,326. Males had a median income of $24,770 versus $17,976 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,687. About 6.80% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Politics[edit]

Pawnee County voters have been Republican-leaning for decades. In no national election since 1936 has the county selected a Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 73.4% 974 21.0% 279 5.6% 74
2012 67.0% 899 29.8% 400 3.1% 42
2008 62.1% 859 34.9% 483 3.0% 42
2004 66.5% 986 32.4% 481 1.1% 16
2000 61.7% 937 34.4% 522 4.0% 60
1996 48.8% 766 37.0% 580 14.2% 223
1992 37.1% 670 31.3% 566 31.6% 572
1988 55.5% 975 43.6% 767 0.9% 16
1984 69.3% 1,306 29.3% 552 1.4% 26
1980 71.2% 1,418 21.6% 431 7.2% 144
1976 52.9% 990 45.1% 845 2.0% 38
1972 71.3% 1,299 28.7% 524
1968 60.3% 1,209 29.1% 583 10.6% 213
1964 51.2% 1,166 48.8% 1,111
1960 63.1% 1,728 36.9% 1,009
1956 64.2% 1,830 35.8% 1,022
1952 75.0% 2,432 25.0% 810
1948 57.6% 1,725 42.4% 1,271
1944 63.9% 2,254 36.1% 1,275
1940 62.4% 2,643 37.7% 1,596
1936 47.1% 2,074 52.2% 2,297 0.8% 33
1932 36.9% 1,568 62.2% 2,641 0.9% 40
1928 64.3% 2,825 35.2% 1,547 0.5% 22
1924 55.9% 2,147 35.5% 1,365 8.6% 332
1920 69.9% 2,510 27.1% 972 3.1% 110
1916 49.7% 1,228 47.4% 1,171 3.0% 74
1912 25.1% 593 40.5% 958 34.5% 815
1908 54.9% 1,468 41.7% 1,115 3.3% 89
1904 68.4% 1,739 22.1% 562 9.5% 242
1900 56.9% 1,632 39.1% 1,121 4.0% 115

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Swanton, John Reed (1952). The Indian Tribes of North America. US Government Printing Office. p. 290. ISBN 978-0-8063-1730-4.
  5. ^ [1] Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  6. ^ Pawnee County NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Bowwood State Wildlife Management Area, Steinauer NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  9. ^ Burchard State Wildlife Management Area, Burchard NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  10. ^ Mayberry State Wildlife Management Area, Steinauer NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  11. ^ Pawnee Prairie State Wildlife Management Area, Pawnee City NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  12. ^ Prairie Knoll State Wildlife Management Area,Du Bois NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  13. ^ Table Rock State Wildlife Management Area, Table Rock NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  14. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  15. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  16. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  17. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  18. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  19. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  20. ^ Election Results

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°08′N 96°14′W / 40.13°N 96.24°W / 40.13; -96.24