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Richardson County, Nebraska
Richardson County, Nebraska courthouse from NE
Richardson County Courthouse in Falls City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Richardson County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of USA NE
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1855
Seat Falls City
Largest city Falls City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

556 sq mi (1,440 km²)
553 sq mi (1,432 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.49%
 - (2010)
 - Density

18/sq mi (7/km²)

Richardson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2010, the population was 8,363.[1] Its county seat is Falls City[2].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Richardson County is represented by the prefix 19 (it had the nineteenth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922). Part of the Iowa Reservation of Kansas and Nebraska is located in the southeast corner of the county.

History Edit

Richardson County was formed in 1855. It was named after William A. Richardson, a governor of the Nebraska Territory.[3]

On May 30, 1879, the "Irving, Kansas Tornado" passed through Richardson County. This tornado measured F4 on the Fujita scale, and had a damage path 800 yards (730 m) wide and 100 miles (160 km) long. Eighteen people were killed and sixty were injured in this tornado.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 556 square miles (1,440 km²), of which, 553 square miles (1,433 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) of it (0.49%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Nebraska is located on the Missouri River in Richardson County, where it flows out of Nebraska and into Kansas and Missouri.

A portion of the county, northeast of Rulo, extends beyond the Missouri River, which is otherwise its border with the state of Missouri.

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Richardson County
Population by decade

1860 - 2,835
1870 - 9,780
1880 - 15,031
1890 - 17,574
1900 - 19,614
1910 - 17,448
1920 - 18,968
1930 - 19,826
1940 - 19,178
1950 - 16,886
1960 - 13,903
1970 - 12,277
1980 - 11,315
1990 - 9,937
2000 - 9,531
2010 - 8,363

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 9,531 people, 3,993 households, and 2,567 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,560 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.65% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 2.32% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,993 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.40% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% were non-families. 32.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,884, and the median income for a family was $39,779. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $18,775 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,460. About 6.30% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 11.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities 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°07′N 95°43′W / 40.12, -95.72

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