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Pawnee County, Nebraska
Pawnee County, Nebraska courthouse from NW 1
Pawnee County Courthouse in Pawnee City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Pawnee County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of USA NE
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Seat Pawnee City
Largest city Pawnee City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

433 sq mi (1,121 km²)
432 sq mi (1,119 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.32%
 - (2010)
 - Density

8/sq mi (3/km²)

Pawnee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2010, the population was 2,773.[1] Its county seat is Pawnee City[2].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Pawnee County is represented by the prefix 54 (it had the fifty-fourth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History Edit

Pawnee County was formed in 1854. It was named after the Pawnee Native American tribe.[3]

On May 30, 1879, the "Irving, Kansas Tornado" passed through Pawnee County. This tornado measured F4 on the Fujita scale, and had a damage path 800 yards wide and 100 miles.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 433 square miles (1,120 km2), of which, 432 square miles (1,120 km2) of it is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) of it (0.32%) is water.

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Pawnee County
Population by decade

1860 - 882
1870 - 4,171
1880 - 6,920
1890 - 10,340
1900 - 11,770
1910 - 10,582
1920 - 9,578
1930 - 9,423
1940 - 8,514
1950 - 6,744
1960 - 5,356
1970 - 4,473
1980 - 3,937
1990 - 3,317
2000 - 3,087
2010 - 2,773

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,087 people, 1,339 households, and 850 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,587 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.87% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,339 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.50% were non-families. 32.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 5.10% from 18 to 24, 21.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 27.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,000, and the median income for a family was $36,326. Males had a median income of $24,770 versus $17,976 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,687. About 6.80% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

City and villages Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ [1] Retrieved on March 14, 2008.
  4. ^ [2] Retrieved on March 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 40°08′N 96°14′W / 40.13, -96.24

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