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Merrick County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Merrick County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of USA NE
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded information needed
Seat Central City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

495 sq mi (1,282 km²)

10 sq mi (26 km²), 1.99%
 - (2000)
 - Density

18/sq mi (7/km²)

Merrick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population is 8,204. Its county seat is Central City6.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Merrick County is represented by the prefix 46 (it had the forty-sixth-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 1,281 km² (495 sq mi). 1,256 km² (485 sq mi) of it is land and 26 km² (10 sq mi) of it (1.99%) is water. It is also the most oddly shapped county in the United States.

Adjacent Counties Edit


Merrick County
Population by decade

1860 - 109
1870 - 557
1880 - 5,341
1890 - 8,758
1900 - 9,255
1910 - 10,379
1920 - 10,763
1930 - 10,619
1940 - 9,354
1950 - 8,812
1960 - 8,363
1970 - 8,751
1980 - 8,945
1990 - 8,049
2000 - 8,204

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,204 people, 3,209 households, and 2,307 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km² (17/sq mi). There were 3,649 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (8/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,209 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,961, and the median income for a family was $39,729. Males had a median income of $26,998 versus $19,828 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,958. About 7.00% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

City and villages Edit

Coordinates: 41°10′N 98°02′W / 41.17, -98.03

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