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Merrick County, Nebraska

Merrick County, Nebraska
Merrick County courthouse in Central City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Merrick County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1864
Named for Elvira Merrick
Seat Central City
Largest city Central City
 • Total 494 sq mi (1,279 km2)
 • Land 485 sq mi (1,256 km2)
 • Water 9.6 sq mi (25 km2), 1.9%
 • (2010) 7,845
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
A map of Merrick County, Nebraska

Merrick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,845.[1] Its county seat is Central City.[2]

Merrick County is part of the Grand Island, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Merrick County is represented by the prefix 46 (it had the forty-sixth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Villages 4.2
    • Census-designated place 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
    • Townships 4.5
  • See also 5
  • References 6


Merrick County was formed in 1858 and later organized in 1864.[3][4][5] It was named for Elvira Merrick, the maiden name of the wife of territorial legislator Henry W. DePuy, who introduced the bill creating the county.[6]

When first formed, the county was bounded on the south by the Platte River, and by straight lines on the north, east, and west. It thus included 180 square miles (470 km2) of the Pawnee Reservation, established one year before the county. In 1873, the state legislature removed these reservation lands from the county, leaving it with a jagged northern border from which narrow panhandles extended northward from the northeast and northwest corners. In 1897, the Pawnee Reservation became Nance County.[7]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 494 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 485 square miles (1,260 km2) is land and 9.6 square miles (25 km2) (1.9%) is water.[8]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 8,204 people, 3,209 households, and 2,307 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 3,649 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,209 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,961, and the median income for a family was $39,729. Males had a median income of $26,998 versus $19,828 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,958. About 7.00% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 102. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey Reconnaissance Survey Final Report of Merrick County, Nebraska" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. August 1, 1992. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Andreas, A. T. (1882). "Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska". The Kansas Collection. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nebraska Place Names (1925)". NEGenWeb Project. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Merrick County's 100th Year: 1858-1958". NEGenWeb Project. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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