Holt County, Nebraska

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Holt County
Holt County Courthouse in O'Neill
Holt County Courthouse in O'Neill
Map of Nebraska highlighting Holt County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°28′N 98°47′W / 42.46°N 98.78°W / 42.46; -98.78
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1862 (created
1876 (organized)
Named forJoseph Holt
SeatO'Neill
Largest cityO'Neill
Area
 • Total2,417 sq mi (6,260 km2)
 • Land2,412 sq mi (6,250 km2)
 • Water5.1 sq mi (13 km2)  0.2%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total10,127
 • Density4.2/sq mi (1.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.holt.ne.us
Holt County Nebraska Map

Holt County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,127.[1] Its county seat is O'Neill.[2]

Holt County is in the Outback area of Nebraska.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Holt County is represented by the prefix 36 (it had the 36th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History[edit]

Holt County was created by an act of the Nebraska Territory Legislature in 1862, and was organized in 1876.[4][5][6] It is named for Joseph Holt of Kentucky, who was postmaster general and secretary of war under President James Buchanan. It shares its name with Holt County, Missouri, though it is named for a different Holt.

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Holt County consists of low, rolling hills, with the flattened areas used for agriculture. The Niobrara River flows eastward along the north line of the county, and the Elkhorn River flows southeastward through the upper central portion of the county. The county has an area of 2,417 sq mi (6,260 km2), of which 5.1 sq mi (13 km2) (0.2%) are covered by water.[7] It is Nebraska's fifth-largest county by area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18803,287
189013,672315.9%
190012,224−10.6%
191015,54527.2%
192017,15110.3%
193016,509−3.7%
194016,5520.3%
195014,489−12.5%
196013,722−5.3%
197012,933−5.7%
198013,5524.8%
199012,599−7.0%
200011,551−8.3%
201010,435−9.7%
202010,127−3.0%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[12]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[13] 11,551 people, 4,608 households, and 3,170 families were residing in the county. The population density was 5 people/sq mi (2/km2). The 5,281 housing units averaged 2/sq mi (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.86% White, 0.03% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. About 0.71% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. By ancestry, 46.0% were German, 12.5% Irish, 8.6% American, 7.5% English, and 5.4% Czech.

Of the 4,608 households, 31.6% had children under 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were not families. About 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.46, and the average family size was 3.06.

The county's age distribution was 27.30% under 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,738, and for a family was $37,463. Males had a median income of $24,681 versus $17,593 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,256. About 9.8% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Holt County voters have historically tended to vote Republican. In only two elections since 1916 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

United States presidential election results for Holt County, Nebraska[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,769 85.93% 686 12.36% 95 1.71%
2016 4,354 85.07% 531 10.38% 233 4.55%
2012 3,922 79.41% 882 17.86% 135 2.73%
2008 3,746 75.31% 1,089 21.89% 139 2.79%
2004 4,217 81.50% 894 17.28% 63 1.22%
2000 3,954 79.73% 846 17.06% 159 3.21%
1996 3,436 65.27% 1,107 21.03% 721 13.70%
1992 3,131 54.90% 835 14.64% 1,737 30.46%
1988 4,081 74.66% 1,327 24.28% 58 1.06%
1984 4,613 83.19% 893 16.10% 39 0.70%
1980 4,495 77.00% 1,016 17.40% 327 5.60%
1976 3,389 64.21% 1,751 33.18% 138 2.61%
1972 4,147 79.75% 1,053 20.25% 0 0.00%
1968 3,319 66.02% 1,278 25.42% 430 8.55%
1964 3,194 53.83% 2,739 46.17% 0 0.00%
1960 4,150 62.99% 2,438 37.01% 0 0.00%
1956 4,237 69.33% 1,874 30.67% 0 0.00%
1952 5,088 74.67% 1,726 25.33% 0 0.00%
1948 3,147 54.55% 2,622 45.45% 0 0.00%
1944 4,198 62.07% 2,565 37.93% 0 0.00%
1940 4,840 61.61% 3,016 38.39% 0 0.00%
1936 3,714 47.84% 3,902 50.26% 148 1.91%
1932 2,375 32.99% 4,761 66.13% 64 0.89%
1928 3,746 54.43% 3,126 45.42% 10 0.15%
1924 2,207 37.14% 1,529 25.73% 2,207 37.14%
1920 3,163 64.58% 1,577 32.20% 158 3.23%
1916 1,568 40.19% 2,213 56.73% 120 3.08%
1912 778 21.62% 1,456 40.47% 1,364 37.91%
1908 1,541 44.28% 1,777 51.06% 162 4.66%
1904 1,740 52.92% 646 19.65% 902 27.43%
1900 1,320 45.05% 1,492 50.92% 118 4.03%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau: Holt County, Nebraska". www.census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "About" Archived 2008-10-03 at the Wayback Machine, North Central RC&D.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 74. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Archived from the original on November 13, 2003. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Holt County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ Election Results

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Coordinates: 42°28′N 98°47′W / 42.46°N 98.78°W / 42.46; -98.78