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Red Willow County, Nebraska
Red Willow County, Nebraska courthouse from SE 1
Red Willow County Courthouse in McCook, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Red Willow County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of USA NE
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Seat McCook
Largest city McCook
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
717 sq mi (1,857 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.19%
 - (2010)
 - Density

16/sq mi (6/km²)

Red Willow County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2010, the population was 11,055.[1] Its county seat is McCook[2].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Red Willow County is represented by the prefix 48 (it had the forty-eighth-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 718 square miles (1,860 km²), of which, 717 square miles (1,856 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.19%) is water.

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Adjacent countiesEdit


Red Willow County was formed in 1873. It was named after the Red Willow Creek. The name is reported to be a mistranslation of the Dakota Indian name Chanshasha Wakpala, which literally means Red Dogwood Creek. The Dakota referred to the creek as such because of an abundance of the red dogwood shrub that grew along the creek banks. Its stem and branches are deep red in color, and it is favored in basket making.[3]


Red Willow County
Population by decade

1880 - 3,044
1890 - 8,837
1900 - 9,604
1910 - 11,056
1920 - 11,434
1930 - 13,859
1940 - 11,951
1950 - 12,977
1960 - 12,940
1970 - 12,191
1980 - 12,615
1990 - 11,705
2000 - 11,448
2010 - 11,055

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 11,448 people, 4,710 households, and 3,188 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 5,278 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.55% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 2.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,710 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,293, and the median income for a family was $40,279. Males had a median income of $27,768 versus $18,768 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,303. About 7.60% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and villages Edit

See alsoEdit


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

Coordinates: 40°11′N 100°29′W / 40.18, -100.48

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