Otoe County, Nebraska

Otoe County, Nebraska
Otoe County Courthouse in Nebraska City

Location in the U.S. state of Nebraska

Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1855
Named for Otoe tribe
Seat Nebraska City
Largest city Nebraska City
  Total 619 sq mi (1,603 km2)
  Land 616 sq mi (1,595 km2)
  Water 3.4 sq mi (9 km2), 0.5%
  (2010) 15,740
  Density 26/sq mi (10/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.otoe.ne.us

Otoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,740.[1] Its county seat is Nebraska City.[2] The county was formed in 1854 and named after the Otoe Indian tribe.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Otoe County is represented by the prefix 11 (it had the eleventh-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 619 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 616 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

The eastern boundary of this county is the Missouri River. It is a largely agricultural region with rolling hills and rich soil. Corn, soybeans, milo (grain sorghum), wheat, and other, less common, grain crops are joined by several commercial apple orchards. Animal husbandry concentrates on beef cattle, the locally produced grains being excellent sources of feed for them. Otoe County derives its name from the Otoe Indians. The Otoe lived along the Missouri River in the area that is now Otoe County.[5]

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Historical population
Est. 201616,081[6]2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 15,396 people, 6,060 households, and 4,229 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,567 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.42% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 2.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,060 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,302, and the median income for a family was $45,295. Males had a median income of $30,682 versus $21,520 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,752. About 5.90% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.




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See also


  1. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-03-15. Retrieved on March 14, 2008.
  4. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  5. May, Jon D. (2009). "Otoe-Missouria". Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. Archived from the original on 2010-07-20.
  6. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  8. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  9. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  11. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

Coordinates: 40°39′N 96°08′W / 40.65°N 96.14°W / 40.65; -96.14

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