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Cherry County, Nebraska

Cherry County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,713.[1] Its county seat is Valentine.[2] The county was named for Lt. Samuel A. Cherry, an Army officer who was stationed at Fort Niobrara and who had been killed in South Dakota in 1881.[3] Cherry County is in the Nebraska Sandhills.

Cherry County, Nebraska
Cherry County, Nebraska courthouse from NE 1.JPG
Cherry County Courthouse in Valentine
Map of Nebraska highlighting Cherry County
Location in the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded1883
Named forSamuel A. Cherry
SeatValentine
Largest cityValentine
Area
 • Total6,009 sq mi (15,563 km2)
 • Land5,960 sq mi (15,436 km2)
 • Water49 sq mi (127 km2), 0.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)5,818
 • Density0.98/sq mi (0.38/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zonesCentral: UTC−6/−5
Eastern part of county
Mountain: UTC−7/−6
Western part of county
Websitewww.co.cherry.ne.us

In the Nebraska license plate system, Cherry County is represented by the prefix 66 (it had the 66th-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

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GeographyEdit

Cherry County lies on the north side of Nebraska. Its north boundary line abuts the south boundary line of the state of South Dakota. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has an area of 6,009 square miles (15,560 km2), of which 5,960 square miles (15,400 km2) is land and 49 square miles (130 km2) (0.8%) is water.[4] It is by far Nebraska's largest county in land area and larger than the state of Connecticut, or the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.[5] The county is in Nebraska's Sandhills region; the dunes that give the region its name are a result of the most recent glacial period, the Pinedale glaciation. During the Holocene glacial retreat the sand dunes, which had been deposited in their current location by the vast continental glaciers, were exposed and grasses eventually took over.

Major highwaysEdit

National protected areasEdit

State protected areasEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Owing to its size as Nebraska's largest county by area, Cherry County borders 11 counties, more than any other county in Nebraska. Seven of them are in Nebraska and four are in South Dakota. The adjacent counties are:

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
18906,428
19006,5411.8%
191010,41459.2%
192011,75312.9%
193010,898−7.3%
19409,637−11.6%
19508,397−12.9%
19608,218−2.1%
19706,846−16.7%
19806,758−1.3%
19906,307−6.7%
20006,148−2.5%
20105,713−7.1%
Est. 20175,818[6]1.8%
US Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[11] of 2000, there were 6,148 people, 2,508 households, and 1,710 families in the county. The population density was 1.02 people per square mile (0.39/km²). There were 3,220 housing units at an average density of 0 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.19% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 3.25% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.5% were of German, 12.6% English, 11.1% Irish and 7.3% American ancestry.

There were 2,508 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.98.

The county population contained 27.00% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,268, and the median income for a family was $36,500. Males had a median income of $23,705 versus $17,277 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,943. About 9.60% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.40% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

CityEdit

VillagesEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Other unincorporated communitiesEdit

Notable ranchesEdit

Time zonesEdit

Cherry County residents observe two zones, the Central and Mountain time zones. The eastern third of the county, including county seat Valentine, is in the Central Time Zone, while the western two thirds, including Merriman, are in the Mountain Time Zone.[14]

PoliticsEdit

Cherry County voters are reliably Republican. In no national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Priesidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 84.1% 2,623 10.2% 317 5.7% 178
2012 83.5% 2,557 14.2% 436 2.3% 71
2008 77.2% 2,360 19.6% 599 3.2% 100
2004 82.5% 2,509 15.9% 483 1.6% 50
2000 81.6% 2,322 15.7% 446 2.7% 79
1996 68.0% 1,905 19.7% 551 12.3% 344
1992 56.8% 1,707 18.7% 563 24.5% 738
1988 77.4% 2,240 22.2% 642 0.5% 14
1984 85.1% 2,720 14.5% 463 0.5% 15
1980 79.8% 2,517 15.5% 489 4.7% 149
1976 68.8% 2,197 28.4% 906 2.8% 89
1972 84.9% 2,610 15.1% 463
1968 73.2% 2,199 19.4% 582 7.4% 222
1964 61.1% 2,244 38.9% 1,428
1960 72.1% 2,695 27.9% 1,044
1956 73.2% 2,414 26.8% 884
1952 76.6% 3,148 23.4% 960
1948 58.9% 2,141 41.1% 1,492
1944 62.8% 2,314 37.2% 1,371
1940 60.3% 2,705 39.7% 1,781
1936 47.6% 1,874 51.0% 2,010 1.4% 55
1932 37.3% 1,754 61.9% 2,912 0.8% 37
1928 69.0% 2,905 30.5% 1,285 0.4% 18
1924 43.7% 1,663 30.7% 1,169 25.6% 974
1920 66.4% 1,636 28.8% 711 4.8% 118
1916 36.4% 1,091 57.9% 1,734 5.6% 169
1912 25.9% 679 39.9% 1,047 34.2% 896
1908 48.3% 1,048 47.1% 1,021 4.6% 99
1904 66.9% 978 22.3% 325 10.8% 158
1900 55.2% 922 41.8% 698 2.9% 49

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Cherry County Archived March 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Nebraska Association of County Officials, 2004. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Federal Writers Project (1939). Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State. WPA. p. 313.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Thatcher NE Google Maps (accessed 17 January 2019)
  13. ^ Abbott Ranch NE Google Maps (accessed 17 January 2019)
  14. ^ "Nebraska Time Zone". www.timetemperature.com. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  15. ^ Election Results

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