Rock County, Nebraska

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Rock County, Nebraska
Rock County, Nebraska courthouse from W.JPG
Map of Nebraska highlighting Rock County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1888
SeatBassett
Largest cityBassett
Area
 • Total1,012 sq mi (2,621 km2)
 • Land1,008 sq mi (2,611 km2)
 • Water3.4 sq mi (9 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)1,436
 • Density1.4/sq mi (0.5/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5

Rock County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 1,526.[1] Its county seat is Bassett.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Rock County is represented by the prefix 81 (it had the 81st-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

The Niobrara River flows eastward along the northern boundary line of Rock County. The terrain is composed of rolling hills oriented east-west. The county's central portion is dotted with small lakes. The land sees comparatively little agricultural use. The ground slopes to the northeast.[3][4]

The county has a total area of 1,012 square miles (2,620 km2), of which 1,008 square miles (2,610 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Rock County is located in Nebraska's Outback region.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18903,083
19002,809−8.9%
19103,62729.1%
19203,7032.1%
19303,366−9.1%
19403,97718.2%
19503,026−23.9%
19602,554−15.6%
19702,231−12.6%
19802,3836.8%
19902,019−15.3%
20001,756−13.0%
20101,526−13.1%
Est. 20171,436[8]−5.9%
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 1,756 people, 763 households, and 501 families in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 935 housing units at an average density of 0.9 per square mile (0.4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.03% White, 0.46% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.1% were of German, 12.7% American, 10.5% Irish and 8.4% English ancestry.

There were 763 households out of which 26.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.30% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.84.

The county population contained 23.00% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 22.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,795, and the median income for a family was $29,917. Males had a median income of $24,167 versus $16,490 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,350. About 17.70% of families and 21.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.30% of those under age 18 and 14.00% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Rock County Public Schools operates the public schools in Rock County.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Village[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Rock County voters historically have been reliably Republican. In only one national election since 1916 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 86.1% 687 8.8% 70 5.1% 41
2012 85.2% 672 13.1% 103 1.8% 14
2008 79.9% 640 17.4% 139 2.8% 22
2004 83.8% 740 14.7% 130 1.5% 13
2000 81.1% 725 15.8% 141 3.1% 28
1996 63.7% 564 20.3% 180 15.9% 141
1992 59.6% 588 16.4% 162 24.0% 237
1988 79.1% 757 20.7% 198 0.2% 2
1984 85.3% 873 14.4% 147 0.3% 3
1980 80.7% 855 13.8% 146 5.5% 58
1976 72.6% 732 25.3% 255 2.2% 22
1972 87.2% 937 12.8% 138
1968 76.7% 791 14.2% 146 9.1% 94
1964 69.0% 835 31.1% 376
1960 81.1% 1,084 18.9% 253
1956 76.8% 928 23.2% 281
1952 82.1% 1,226 17.9% 267
1948 64.0% 809 36.0% 455
1944 66.0% 984 34.0% 506
1940 64.8% 1,104 35.2% 600
1936 56.5% 944 42.5% 710 1.1% 18
1932 42.4% 613 56.1% 810 1.5% 22
1928 77.1% 1,034 22.7% 305 0.2% 2
1924 47.3% 585 23.7% 293 29.0% 358
1920 70.2% 621 27.0% 239 2.8% 25
1916 42.7% 375 51.1% 449 6.3% 55
1912 26.5% 230 32.1% 279 41.4% 360
1908 56.4% 469 40.1% 334 3.5% 29
1904 70.6% 498 19.6% 138 9.8% 69
1900 65.7% 481 33.2% 243 1.1% 8

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. ^ Rock County NE Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  4. ^ "Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "About", North Central RC&D.
  7. ^ Twin Lakes Rock County Wildlife Management Area, Bassett NE Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  14. ^ Election Results

Coordinates: 42°25′N 99°27′W / 42.42°N 99.45°W / 42.42; -99.45