Clay County, Nebraska

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Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 7,039. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century. Its county seat is Clay Center[1].

Clay County is part of the Hastings, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Clay County is represented by the prefix 30 (it had the thirtieth-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 574 square miles (1,486.7 km2), of which 573 square miles (1,484.1 km2) is land and 0 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.09%) is water.

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Clay County was formed in 1855. It was named after statesman Henry Clay.[2]


1860 - 165
1870 - 54
1880 - 11,294
1890 - 16,310
1900 - 15,735
1910 - 15,729
1920 - 14,486
1930 - 13,571
1940 - 10,445
1950 - 8,700
1960 - 8,717
1970 - 8,266
1980 - 8,106
1990 - 7,213
2000 - 7,039

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,039 people, 2,756 households, and 1,981 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,066 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.57% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 1.24% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 3.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.4% were of German, 7.2% English, 7.2% American, 5.4% Swedish and 5.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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