Cheyenne County, Nebraska

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Cheyenne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 9,830. Its county seat is Sidney.[1]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Cheyenne County is represented by the prefix 39 as it had the thirty-ninth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,196 square miles (3,097.6 km2), of which 0.01% is water.[2]

Oil was discovered in the area in somewhat recent years.[citation needed]

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Cheyenne County was formed in 1871.[3] It was named after the Cheyenne Native American tribe.


1870 - 190
1880 - 1,558
1890 - 5,693
1900 - 5,570
1910 - 4,551
1920 - 8,405
1930 - 10,187
1940 - 9,505
1950 - 12,081
1960 - 14,828
1970 - 10,778
1980 - 10,057
1990 - 9,494
2000 - 9,830

As of the census[4] of 2000, of 2000, there were 9,830 people, 4,071 households, and 2,686 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,569 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.34% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.46% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 4.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.3% were of German, 9.1% English, 7.6% Irish and 7.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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