Buffalo County, Nebraska

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Buffalo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 42,259. Its county seat is Kearney[1].

Buffalo County is part of the Kearney, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Buffalo County is represented by the prefix 9 (it had the ninth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 975 square miles (2,525.2 km2), of which 968 square miles (2,507.1 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18.1 km2) (0.75%) is water.

Adjacent counties

History

Buffalo County was formed in 1855.[2] It was named after the then prevalent buffalo herds.

Demographics

1860 - 114
1870 - 193
1880 - 7,531
1890 - 22,162
1900 - 20,254
1910 - 21,907
1920 - 23,787
1930 - 24,338
1940 - 23,655
1950 - 25,134
1960 - 26,236
1970 - 31,222
1980 - 34,797
1990 - 37,447
2000 - 42,259

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 42,259 people, 15,930 households, and 10,227 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 16,830 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.18% White, 0.55% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 4.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.5% were of German, 8.1% Irish, 7.8% English, 6.8% American and 5.3% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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