Garden County, Nebraska

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Garden County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 2,292. Its county seat is Oshkosh.[1]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Garden County is represented by the prefix 77 (it had the seventy-seventh-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 1,731 square miles (4,483.3 km2), of which 1,704 square miles (4,413.3 km2) is land and 27 square miles (69.9 km2) (1.54%) is water.[2]

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Garden County was formed in 1909 by popular vote. Voters in the general election of November 2, 1909, approved making the northern part of Deuel County into its own county.[3] It is said that the county was so named in the hope that this land should become the garden of the West or with allusion to the "Garden of Eden".[4]


1910 - 3,538
1920 - 4,572
1930 - 5,099
1940 - 4,680
1950 - 4,114
1960 - 3,472
1970 - 2,929
1980 - 2,802
1990 - 2,460
2000 - 2,292

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,292 people, 1,020 households, and 658 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,298 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.34% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.5% were of German, 10.0% Irish, 9.6% American and 9.2% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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