Lincoln County, Nebraska

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Lincoln County, Nebraska
Lincoln Co Courthouse NE.JPG
Lincoln County Courthouse in North Platte
Map of Nebraska highlighting Lincoln County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1866
Named forAbraham Lincoln[1]
SeatNorth Platte
Largest cityNorth Platte
Area
 • Total2,575 sq mi (6,669 km2)
 • Land2,564 sq mi (6,641 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (28 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)36,280
 • Density14.1/sq mi (5.4/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.lincoln.ne.us

Lincoln County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 36,288,[2] its county seat is North Platte.[3] Despite the county's name, the state capital city of Lincoln is not in or near Lincoln County.

Lincoln County is part of the North Platte, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Lincoln County is represented by the prefix 15 (it had the fifteenth-largest number of vehicles registered for a state county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Lincoln County consists of low rolling hills cut by gullies, sloping to the east-southeast; the land is generally given to agriculture, with considerable center pivot irrigation employed. The North Platte River flows eastward through the upper center of the county. Likewise, the South Platte River flows eastward through the lower center of the county to its junction with North Platte in eastern Lincoln County, to form the Platte River which flows ESE out of the county;[4] the county has a total area of 2,575 square miles (6,670 km2), of which 2,564 square miles (6,640 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5] It is the third-largest county in Nebraska by area.

Most of Nebraska's 93 counties (the eastern 2/3, including Lincoln County) observe Central Time; the western counties observe Mountain Time. Lincoln County is the westernmost of the Nebraska counties to observe Central Time.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Birdwood Lake State Wildlife Management Area[7]
  • East Hershey State Wildlife Management Area[8]
  • East Sutherland State Wildlife Management Area[9]
  • Fort McPherson National Cemetery[10]
  • Jeffrey Canyon State Wildlife Management Area[11]
  • Maloney Reservoir State Recreation Area[12]
  • Muskrat Run State Wildlife Management Area[13]
  • Platte State Wildlife Management Area[14]
  • Sutherland Reservoir State Recreation Area[15]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
187017
18803,63221,264.7%
189010,441187.5%
190011,4169.3%
191015,68437.4%
192023,42049.3%
193025,6279.4%
194025,425−0.8%
195027,3807.7%
196028,4914.1%
197029,5383.7%
198036,45523.4%
199032,508−10.8%
200034,6326.5%
201036,2884.8%
Est. 201735,280[16]−2.8%
US Decennial Census[17]
1790-1960[18] 1900-1990[19]
1990-2000[20] 2010-2013[2]

As of the 2000 United States Census[21] there were 34,632 people, 14,076 households, and 9,444 families in the county; the population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There are 15,438 housing units in Lincoln. (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.70% White, 0.54% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.65% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 5.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,076 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.97.

The county population contained 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,568, and the median income for a family was $45,185. Males had a median income of $36,244 versus $20,252 for females; the per capita income for the county was $18,696. About 7.20% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.10% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Rural highway in Lincoln County

Politics[edit]

Lincoln County voters generally vote Republican. In only three national elections since 1916 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate, most recently in 1964 in the midst of Lyndon B. Johnson's national landslide victory.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[22]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.4% 12,164 18.1% 2,913 6.5% 1,054
2012 68.5% 10,728 28.4% 4,450 3.1% 477
2008 66.5% 10,817 31.0% 5,046 2.5% 414
2004 68.3% 11,056 30.3% 4,905 1.5% 238
2000 61.0% 9,220 34.4% 5,205 4.6% 689
1996 50.5% 7,482 34.9% 5,165 14.6% 2,157
1992 45.0% 7,054 32.9% 5,158 22.0% 3,449
1988 57.6% 8,425 41.8% 6,118 0.6% 91
1984 70.0% 10,717 29.5% 4,509 0.5% 81
1980 66.6% 9,643 26.0% 3,768 7.4% 1,068
1976 55.6% 7,076 42.0% 5,355 2.4% 308
1972 70.0% 7,502 30.0% 3,220
1968 58.4% 5,996 34.0% 3,491 7.6% 782
1964 42.7% 4,811 57.3% 6,446
1960 61.5% 7,685 38.5% 4,812
1956 62.7% 7,523 37.3% 4,475
1952 69.0% 8,292 31.0% 3,726
1948 51.7% 4,419 48.3% 4,131
1944 57.9% 5,969 42.1% 4,344
1940 54.4% 5,908 45.6% 4,960
1936 35.7% 3,857 62.5% 6,742 1.8% 197
1932 32.7% 3,082 64.1% 6,047 3.2% 302
1928 70.6% 5,946 28.3% 2,381 1.2% 98
1924 40.9% 2,857 19.7% 1,373 39.4% 2,749
1920 57.4% 3,342 32.6% 1,896 10.0% 584
1916 34.6% 1,309 58.0% 2,192 7.4% 281
1912 21.6% 690 35.4% 1,129 43.0% 1,371[23]
1908 48.4% 1,541 43.4% 1,382 8.1% 259
1904 63.9% 1,449 14.5% 328 21.7% 491
1900 53.1% 1,386 44.8% 1,169 2.2% 57

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 187.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ Lincoln County NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Map of Time Zone Line through Nebraska (accessed 22 January 2019)
  7. ^ Birdwood Lake State Wildlife Management Area, North Platte NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  8. ^ East Hershey State Wildlife Management Area, North Platte NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  9. ^ East Sutherland State Wildlife Management Area Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  10. ^ Fort McPherson National Cemetery Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  11. ^ Jeffrey Canyon State Wildlife Management Area, Brady NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  12. ^ Maloney Reservoir State Recreation Area, North Platte NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  13. ^ Muskrat Run State Wildlife Management Area, North Platte NE Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  14. ^ Platte State Wildlife Management Area Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  15. ^ Sutherland Reservoir State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 23 January 2019)
  16. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  17. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  18. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  19. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  20. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  21. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  22. ^ Election Results
  23. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 911 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 400 votes and Prohibition Eugene Chafin received 60 votes.

Coordinates: 41°03′N 100°45′W / 41.05°N 100.75°W / 41.05; -100.75

Lincoln County, NE Map