Valley County, Nebraska

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Valley County, Nebraska
Valley County, Nebraska courthouse from W.JPG
Map of Nebraska highlighting Valley County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1871 (formed)
1873 (organized)
SeatOrd
Largest cityOrd
Area
 • Total570 sq mi (1,476 km2)
 • Land568 sq mi (1,471 km2)
 • Water2.4 sq mi (6 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)4,209
 • Density7.4/sq mi (2.9/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5

Valley County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 4,260,[1] its county seat is Ord.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Valley County is represented by the prefix 47 (it had the 47th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Valley County was formed in 1871 and organized in 1873,[3][4] its name derives from the local terrain: much of the county consists of valley land lying between the North and Middle Loup Rivers.[5]

On June 12, 2010, the privately owned Bredthauer Dam broke due to heavy rain, flooding rural Valley County and the village of North Loup.[6][7] Major flooding occurred in the village, with water "eight inches deep and running down Main Street."[8] North Loup was evacuated for the flood's duration.[9]

Geography[edit]

The North Loup River flows southeastward through the upper portion of the county, while the Middle Loup River runs southeastward through the lower portion; the terrain consists of rolling hills. The flat river valleys are largely dedicated to agriculture, with some center pivot irrigation employed;[10] the county has an area of 570 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 568 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (0.4%) is water.[11]

Major highways[edit]

Protected area[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18802,324
18907,092205.2%
19007,3393.5%
19109,48029.2%
19209,8233.6%
19309,533−3.0%
19408,163−14.4%
19507,252−11.2%
19606,590−9.1%
19705,783−12.2%
19805,633−2.6%
19905,169−8.2%
20004,647−10.1%
20104,260−8.3%
Est. 20174,209[14]−1.2%
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 4,647 people, 1,965 households, and 1,298 families in the county; the population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,273 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²); the racial makeup of the county was 98.15% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 1.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,965 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

The county population contained 24.70% under the age of 18, 4.80% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 24.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,926, and the median income for a family was $35,571. Males had a median income of $25,224 versus $17,217 for females; the per capita income for the county was $14,996. About 10.10% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.30% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

  • Ord (county seat)

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Valley County voters are strongly Republican. In only one national election since 1916 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 80.7% 1,780 15.4% 339 3.9% 86
2012 75.5% 1,657 22.7% 498 1.8% 40
2008 68.4% 1,657 29.1% 706 2.5% 60
2004 75.3% 1,801 23.6% 564 1.1% 26
2000 71.1% 1,610 25.8% 583 3.1% 70
1996 56.3% 1,346 31.7% 758 12.0% 288
1992 45.3% 1,173 27.6% 716 27.1% 701
1988 64.1% 1,604 34.9% 873 1.0% 26
1984 73.2% 2,055 26.3% 739 0.5% 13
1980 71.7% 2,101 22.4% 655 5.9% 173
1976 57.3% 1,587 37.6% 1,042 5.1% 140
1972 72.3% 2,011 27.7% 771
1968 64.4% 1,759 29.0% 793 6.6% 179
1964 51.8% 1,657 48.3% 1,545
1960 62.1% 2,045 37.9% 1,248
1956 66.8% 2,189 33.2% 1,089
1952 71.9% 2,630 28.1% 1,027
1948 54.7% 1,670 45.3% 1,385
1944 58.7% 2,096 41.3% 1,475
1940 60.6% 2,449 39.4% 1,590
1936 49.7% 2,033 47.9% 1,960 2.5% 102
1932 39.0% 1,584 59.2% 2,400 1.8% 73
1928 69.3% 2,768 30.2% 1,205 0.6% 23
1924 55.0% 2,014 21.9% 802 23.0% 843
1920 64.8% 1,935 30.5% 912 4.7% 139
1916 36.4% 840 60.2% 1,388 3.3% 77
1912 26.7% 552 38.2% 788 35.1% 725
1908 48.5% 1,040 48.7% 1,045 2.8% 61
1904 63.9% 1,133 12.4% 219 23.7% 420
1900 47.4% 810 50.6% 864 2.1% 35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 141. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Valley County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Floodwaters overwhelm whole counties", Kearney Hub. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  7. ^ Pore, R. "Heavy rains cause Ericson Dam to fail", Grand Island Independent. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  8. ^ Geake, S. "North Loup Fights Flooding" Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 1011Now.com. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  9. ^ Schweitzer, Amy. "North Loup flooded, evacuated". Grand Island Independent. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  10. ^ Valley County NE Google Maps (accessed 24 January 2019)
  11. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  12. ^ Fort Hartstuff State Historical Park Google Maps (accessed 24 January 2019)
  13. ^ Scotia Canal State Wildlife Management Area, North Loup NE Google Maps (accessed 24 January 2019)
  14. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  15. ^ "US Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  17. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  18. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  19. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  20. ^ Election Results

Coordinates: 41°34′N 98°59′W / 41.57°N 98.98°W / 41.57; -98.98