Holt County, Nebraska

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Holt County, Nebraska
Holt County, Nebraska courthouse from W.JPG
Holt County Courthouse in O'Neill
Map of Nebraska highlighting Holt County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1862 (created
1876 (organized)
Named forJoseph Holt
SeatO'Neill
Largest cityO'Neill
Area
 • Total2,417 sq mi (6,260 km2)
 • Land2,412 sq mi (6,247 km2)
 • Water5.1 sq mi (13 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)10,202
 • Density4.2/sq mi (1.6/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.holt.ne.us
Holt County Nebraska Map

Holt County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 10,435,[1] its county seat is O'Neill.[2]

Holt County is in the Outback area of Nebraska.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Holt County is represented by the prefix 36 (it had the 36th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Holt County was created by an act of the Nebraska Territory Legislature in 1862 and was organized in 1876,[4][5][6] it is named for Joseph Holt of Kentucky, who was Postmaster General and Secretary of War under President James Buchanan. It shares its name with Holt County, Missouri, though it is named for a different Holt.

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Holt County consists of low rolling hills, with the flattened areas used for agriculture; the Nebraska River flows eastward along the north line of the county, and the Elkhorn River flows southeastward through the upper central portion of the county. The county has an area of 2,417 square miles (6,260 km2), of which 2,412 square miles (6,250 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (0.2%) is water.[7] It is Nebraska's fifth-largest county by area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18803,287
189013,672315.9%
190012,224−10.6%
191015,54527.2%
192017,15110.3%
193016,509−3.7%
194016,5520.3%
195014,489−12.5%
196013,722−5.3%
197012,933−5.7%
198013,5524.8%
199012,599−7.0%
200011,551−8.3%
201010,435−9.7%
Est. 201710,202[8]−2.2%
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 11,551 people, 4,608 households, and 3,170 families residing in the county; the population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 5,281 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²); the racial makeup of the county was 98.86% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 46.0% were of German, 12.5% Irish, 8.6% American, 7.5% English and 5.4% Czech ancestry.

There were 4,608 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.06.

The county population contained 27.30% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,738, and the median income for a family was $37,463. Males had a median income of $24,681 versus $17,593 for females; the per capita income for the county was $15,256. About 9.80% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Holt County voters have historically tended to vote Republican. In only two elections since 1916 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 85.1% 4,354 10.4% 531 4.6% 233
2012 79.4% 3,922 17.9% 882 2.7% 135
2008 75.3% 3,746 21.9% 1,089 2.8% 139
2004 81.5% 4,217 17.3% 894 1.2% 63
2000 79.7% 3,954 17.1% 846 3.2% 159
1996 65.3% 3,436 21.0% 1,107 13.7% 721
1992 54.9% 3,131 14.6% 835 30.5% 1,737
1988 74.7% 4,081 24.3% 1,327 1.1% 58
1984 83.2% 4,613 16.1% 893 0.7% 39
1980 77.0% 4,495 17.4% 1,016 5.6% 327
1976 64.2% 3,389 33.2% 1,751 2.6% 138
1972 79.8% 4,147 20.3% 1,053
1968 66.0% 3,319 25.4% 1,278 8.6% 430
1964 53.8% 3,194 46.2% 2,739
1960 63.0% 4,150 37.0% 2,438
1956 69.3% 4,237 30.7% 1,874
1952 74.7% 5,088 25.3% 1,726
1948 54.6% 3,147 45.5% 2,622
1944 62.1% 4,198 37.9% 2,565
1940 61.6% 4,840 38.4% 3,016
1936 47.8% 3,714 50.3% 3,902 1.9% 148
1932 33.0% 2,375 66.1% 4,761 0.9% 64
1928 54.4% 3,746 45.4% 3,126 0.2% 10
1924 37.1% 2,207 25.7% 1,529 37.1% 2,207
1920 64.6% 3,163 32.2% 1,577 3.2% 158
1916 40.2% 1,568 56.7% 2,213 3.1% 120
1912 21.6% 778 40.5% 1,456 37.9% 1,364
1908 44.3% 1,541 51.1% 1,777 4.7% 162
1904 52.9% 1,740 19.7% 646 27.4% 902
1900 45.1% 1,320 50.9% 1,492 4.0% 118

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "About", North Central RC&D.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 74. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Holt County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  14. ^ Election Results

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Coordinates: 42°28′N 98°47′W / 42.46°N 98.78°W / 42.46; -98.78