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Boyd County, Nebraska

Boyd County, Nebraska
Boyd County Courthouse in Butte
Map of Nebraska highlighting Boyd County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded March 20, 1891
Named for James E. Boyd
Seat Butte
Largest village Spencer
 • Total 545 sq mi (1,412 km2)
 • Land 540 sq mi (1,399 km2)
 • Water 4.6 sq mi (12 km2), 0.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 2,032
 • Density 3.9/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Boyd County is a county located in the State of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,099.[1] Its county seat is Butte.[2] The county was formed in 1891[3] and named after Governor James E. Boyd.[4]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Boyd County is represented by the prefix 63 (it had the sixty-third-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
    • National protected areas 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Villages 3.1
    • Townships 3.2
    • Ghost towns 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 545 square miles (1,410 km2), of which 540 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (0.8%) is water.[5]

Boyd County is located in Nebraska's Outback region.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,438 people, 1,014 households, and 670 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,406 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.89% White, 0.57% Native American, 0.16% Asian, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.2% were of German, 10.0% American, 9.3% Czech, 7.8% Irish, 6.9% English and 5.9% Swedish ancestry.

There were 1,014 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 3.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 21.20% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 24.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,075, and the median income for a family was $32,000. Males had a median income of $20,859 versus $17,688 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,840. About 12.90% of families and 15.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.60% of those under age 18 and 11.20% of those age 65 or over.




Ghost towns

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 21. 
  4. ^ History of the Origin of the Place Names in Nine Northwestern States. 1908. p. 12. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "About", North Central RC&D. Retrieved 9/17/07
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 

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