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

396 sq mi (1,026 km²)
394 sq mi (1,020 km²)
2 sq mi (6 km²),
 - (2000)
 - Density

Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Thurston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population is 7,171. Its county seat is Pender6.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Thurston County is represented by the prefix 55 (it had the fifty-fifth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska (Ho-Chunk) and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska have reservations in Thurston County. Together, these two reservations officially comprise the entire land area of the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,026 km² (396 sq mi). 1,020 km² (394 sq mi) of it is land and 6 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.62%) is water. The land area of the county is completely comprised from the Omaha and Winnebago Indian reservations.

Adjacent Counties Edit


Thurston County
Population by decade

1870 - 31
1880 - 109
1890 - 3,176
1900 - 6,517
1910 - 8,704
1920 - 9,589
1930 - 10,462
1940 - 10,243
1950 - 8,590
1960 - 7,237
1970 - 6,942
1980 - 7,186
1990 - 6,936
2000 - 7,171

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,171 people, 2,255 households, and 1,725 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km² (18/sq mi). There were 2,467 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 45.77% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 52.03% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 2.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The villages of Emerson, Rosalie, Pender, and Thurston are predominantly white, while the villages of Macy, Walthill, and Winnebago are predominantly Native American.

There were 2,255 households out of which 40.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.60% were married couples living together, 19.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.50% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.64.

In the county the population was spread out with 36.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 17.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,170, and the median income for a family was $30,893. Males had a median income of $24,792 versus $20,481 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,951. About 19.30% of families and 25.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.60% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.


Thurston was the only Nebraska county with a majority voting for the Democratic presidential candidate (John Kerry) in 2004.

Villages and census-designated place Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 42°10′N 96°33′W / 42.16, -96.55

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