Antelope County, Nebraska

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Antelope County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska, and was formed in 1871. As of July 1, 2006, the population estimate was 6,931. Its county seat is Neligh[1]. The Ashfall Fossil Beds National Natural Landmark is located within the county.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Antelope County is represented by the prefix 26 (it had the twenty-sixth-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 858 square miles (2,222.2 km2), of which 857 square miles (2,219.6 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.16%) is water.

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Antelope County was formed in 1871.[2]


1880 - 3,953
1890 - 10,399
1900 - 11,344
1910 - 14,003
1920 - 15,243
1930 - 15,206
1940 - 13,289
1950 - 11,264
1960 - 10,176
1970 - 9,047
1980 - 8,675
1990 - 7,965
2000 - 7,452

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,452 people, 2,953 households, and 2,073 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,346 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.82% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 57.9% were of German, 6.6% English, 6.6% American and 5.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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