Custer County, Nebraska

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Custer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 11,793. Its county seat is Broken Bow[1].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Custer County is represented by the prefix 4 (it had the fourth-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 2,576 square miles (6,671.8 km2), of which 2,576 square miles (6,671.8 km2) is land and 0 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.01%) is water. In area, it is the second largest county in Nebraska, only Cherry County being larger.

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Custer County was formed in 1877. It was named after General George Armstrong Custer,[2] who was killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn.


1880 - 2,211
1890 - 21,677
1900 - 19,758
1910 - 25,668
1920 - 26,407
1930 - 26,189
1940 - 22,591
1950 - 19,170
1960 - 16,517
1970 - 14,092
1980 - 13,877
1990 - 12,270
2000 - 11,793

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,793 people, 4,826 households, and 3,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 5,585 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.63% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.3% were of German, 11.9% English, 10.6% Irish and 8.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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