Kearney County, Nebraska

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Kearney County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 6,882. Its county seat is Minden[1].

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

In the Nebraska license plate system, Kearney County is represented by the prefix 52 (it had the fifty-second-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 516 square miles (1,337 km²), of which, 516 square miles (1,337 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (0 km²) of it (0.02%) is water.

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Kearney County was formed in 1860. It was named after Fort Kearny, which in turn was named after Brigade General Stephen W. Kearny.


1860 - 474
1870 - 58
1880 - 4,072
1890 - 9,061
1900 - 9,866
1910 - 9,106
1920 - 8,583
1930 - 8,094
1940 - 6,854
1950 - 6,409
1960 - 6,580
1970 - 6,707
1980 - 7,053
1990 - 6,629
2000 - 6,882

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,882 people, 2,643 households, and 1,902 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 2,846 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.82% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 2.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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