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Richardson County, Nebraska
Richardson County, Nebraska courthouse from NE.JPG
Richardson County Courthouse in Falls City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Richardson County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Founded1854 (founded)
1855 (re-authorized)
Named for William Alexander Richardson
Seat Falls City
Largest cityFalls City
Area
 • Total555 sq mi (1,437 km2)
 • Land552 sq mi (1,430 km2)
 • Water2.7 sq mi (7 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2017)7,967
 • Density14.4/sq mi (5.6/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website www.co.richardson.ne.us

Richardson County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,363. [1] Its county seat is Falls City. [2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Richardson County is represented by the prefix 19 (it had the nineteenth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Part of the Iowa Reservation of Kansas and Nebraska is located in the southeast corner of the county.

History

The Nebraska Territory, including this county, was opened for settlement through the Kansas–Nebraska Act on May 30, 1854. Richardson County was created that same year and reorganized in 1855 by the first territorial legislature. [3] It was named after William A. Richardson, a US Representative from the state of Illinois who had sponsored the Kansas-Nebraska Act; subsequently, in 1858, Richardson was appointed governor of the Nebraska Territory. [4]

The first courthouse was built in 1863. The second courthouse was built in 1873 and burned on May 7, 1919. [3]

On May 30, 1879, the "Irving, Kansas Tornado" passed through Richardson County. This tornado measured F4 on the Fujita scale, and had a damage path 800 yards (730 m) wide and 100 miles (160 km) long. Eighteen people were killed and sixty were injured in this tornado. [5]

Geography

Richardson County lies at the SE tip of Nebraska. Its east boundary line abuts the west boundary line of the state of Missouri (across the Missouri River). Its south boundary line abuts the north boundary line of the state of Kansas. Several branches and tributaries of the Big Nemaha River flow southeast through the county, depositing their waters into the Missouri River at the county's SE corner. The county's terrain consists of rolling hills, sloped to the southeast, cut by numerous drainages. The county area is largely devoted to agriculture. [6] The lowest point in the state of Nebraska is located on the Missouri River in Richardson County, where it flows out of Nebraska and into Kansas and Missouri.

The county has a total area of 555 square miles (1,440 km2), of which 552 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.5%) is water. [7]

Major highways

Protected area

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18602,835
18709,780245.0%
188015,03153.7%
189017,57416.9%
190019,61411.6%
191017,448−11.0%
192018,9688.7%
193019,8264.5%
194019,178−3.3%
195016,886−12.0%
196013,903−17.7%
197012,277−11.7%
198011,315−7.8%
19909,937−12.2%
20009,531−4.1%
20108,363−12.3%
Est. 20177,967 [11]−4.7%
US Decennial Census [12]
1790-1960 [13] 1900-1990 [14]
1990-2000 [15] 2010-2013 [1]

As of the 2000 United States Census, [16] there were 9,531 people, 3,993 households, and 2,567 families in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,560 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.65% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 2.32% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,993 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.40% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% were non-families. 32.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95.

The county population contained 25.50% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,884, and the median income for a family was $39,779. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $18,775 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,460. About 6.30% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 11.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Former communities

  • Archer
  • Arogo
  • Mount Roy
  • Winnebago
  • Yankton [3]

Politics

Richardson County voters have been reliably Republican for decades. In only one national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results [17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 72.8% 2,769 21.5% 818 5.7% 218
2012 65.3% 2,443 31.9% 1,191 2.8% 105
2008 59.0% 2,342 38.1% 1,513 2.9% 113
2004 68.4% 2,924 30.3% 1,297 1.3% 57
2000 63.2% 2,623 33.3% 1,382 3.5% 145
1996 48.9% 2,089 35.5% 1,517 15.7% 670
1992 41.5% 2,050 30.6% 1,513 27.9% 1,380
1988 58.0% 2,703 41.3% 1,926 0.6% 30
1984 71.3% 3,634 27.9% 1,422 0.8% 42
1980 68.0% 3,634 25.3% 1,350 6.7% 360
1976 55.4% 3,119 42.9% 2,416 1.6% 92
1972 70.8% 3,662 29.2% 1,508
1968 59.7% 3,133 30.3% 1,591 10.0% 527
1964 46.8% 2,850 53.2% 3,245
1960 62.7% 4,481 37.3% 2,670
1956 64.1% 4,480 36.0% 2,514
1952 70.7% 5,688 29.3% 2,362
1948 51.8% 3,778 48.2% 3,519
1944 56.3% 4,482 43.7% 3,483
1940 54.1% 4,833 45.9% 4,105
1936 40.1% 3,908 59.6% 5,813 0.4% 37
1932 34.0% 2,802 65.3% 5,383 0.8% 64
1928 65.1% 5,833 34.3% 3,072 0.6% 57
1924 48.2% 3,625 41.1% 3,089 10.7% 803
1920 61.7% 4,496 36.8% 2,679 1.5% 109
1916 42.3% 2,039 55.0% 2,650 2.7% 131
1912 21.7% 965 44.5% 1,977 33.9% 1,506
1908 47.5% 2,123 50.5% 2,258 2.0% 88
1904 56.8% 2,554 37.0% 1,664 6.1% 276
1900 49.1% 2,491 49.9% 2,529 1.0% 51

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c The History of Richardson County, Official Website
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link) Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  5. ^ [1] Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  6. ^ Richardson County NE Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Four Mile Creek State Wildlife Management Area, Du Bois NE Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  9. ^ Kirkmans Cove Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  10. ^ Verdon Lake State Recreation Area, Verdon NE Google Maps (accessed 27 January 2019)
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  12. ^ "US Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  16. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  17. ^ Election Results

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RICHARDSON COUNTY NEBRASKA Latitude and Longitude:

40°07′N 95°43′W / 40.12°N 95.72°W / 40.12; -95.72