Sheridan County, Nebraska

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Sheridan County, Nebraska
Sheridan County, Nebraska courthouse from NW 2.jpg
Map of Nebraska highlighting Sheridan County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1885
Named forPhilip Sheridan
SeatRushville
Largest cityGordon
Area
 • Total2,470 sq mi (6,397 km2)
 • Land2,441 sq mi (6,322 km2)
 • Water29 sq mi (75 km2), 1.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)5,289
 • Density2.17/sq mi (0.84/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneMountain: UTC−7/−6

Sheridan County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,469.[1] Its county seat is Rushville.[2] The county was formed in 1885, and was named for General Philip H. Sheridan.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Sheridan County is represented by the prefix 61 (it had the sixty-first-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

Sheridan County lies on the north line of Nebraska. Its north boundary line abuts the south boundary line of the state of South Dakota. An upper reach of the Niobrara River flows eastward through the upper central part of the county. The terrain consists of arid rolling hills, dotted with small lakes in the eastern and southern parts of the county.[4] The county has a total area of 2,470 square miles (6,400 km2), of which 2,441 square miles (6,320 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (1.2%) is water.[5] It is the fourth-largest county in Nebraska by area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Smith Lake State Wildlife Management Area[6]
  • Walgren Lake State Recreation Area[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18908,687
19003,066−64.7%
19107,328139.0%
19209,62531.3%
193010,79312.1%
19409,869−8.6%
19509,539−3.3%
19609,049−5.1%
19707,285−19.5%
19807,5443.6%
19906,750−10.5%
20006,198−8.2%
20105,469−11.8%
Est. 20175,289[8]−3.3%
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 6,198 people, 2,549 households, and 1,728 families in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,013 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.55/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.11% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 9.23% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. 1.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.6% were of German, 8.8% English, 7.8% Irish and 7.3% American ancestry.

There were 2,549 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

The county population contained 25.60% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 21.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,484, and the median income for a family was $35,167. Males had a median income of $21,892 versus $18,423 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,844. About 11.00% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.30% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

1910 Census-designated places[edit]

Politics[edit]

Sheridan County voters have traditionally voted Republican. Every national election since 1936 has seen Sheridan County choose the Republican Party candidate.

Presidential election result
Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 84.8% 2,211 11.0% 287 4.2% 110
2012 81.8% 2,021 15.8% 390 2.5% 61
2008 78.8% 1,941 18.4% 454 2.7% 67
2004 82.2% 2,136 16.5% 430 1.3% 33
2000 81.7% 2,105 15.2% 392 3.1% 79
1996 67.5% 1,834 21.1% 573 11.4% 310
1992 56.7% 1,698 17.9% 535 25.5% 763
1988 77.7% 2,251 21.1% 612 1.2% 35
1984 86.9% 2,661 12.3% 377 0.8% 23
1980 84.0% 2,749 11.3% 370 4.7% 152
1976 67.8% 2,003 27.4% 810 4.7% 140
1972 83.2% 2,386 16.8% 481
1968 76.3% 2,236 15.5% 454 8.2% 241
1964 67.9% 2,440 32.2% 1,156
1960 71.5% 2,870 28.5% 1,144
1956 74.6% 2,618 25.4% 893
1952 80.7% 3,512 19.3% 841
1948 64.9% 2,180 35.1% 1,181
1944 71.4% 2,570 28.6% 1,031
1940 66.9% 3,161 33.1% 1,566
1936 42.5% 1,907 54.1% 2,428 3.3% 150
1932 37.4% 1,820 60.5% 2,945 2.1% 100
1928 70.2% 3,030 28.4% 1,226 1.4% 59
1924 41.5% 1,509 18.2% 661 40.4% 1,470
1920 64.5% 1,714 29.5% 784 6.0% 158
1916 32.4% 604 62.0% 1,158 5.6% 105
1912 22.6% 377 37.7% 630 39.7% 664[15]
1908 46.7% 709 48.3% 733 5.1% 77
1904 61.6% 673 15.7% 171 22.8% 249
1900 45.6% 626 51.2% 703 3.2% 44

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Sheridan County NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019J)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Smith Lake State Wildlife Management Area, Hay Springs NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019J)
  7. ^ Walgren Lake State Recreation Area, Hay Springs NE Google Maps (accessed 26 January 2019)
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 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
  15. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 512 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 122 votes and Prohibition Eugene Chafin received 30 votes.

Coordinates: 42°30′N 102°26′W / 42.50°N 102.43°W / 42.50; -102.43