Keith County, Nebraska

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Keith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 8,875. Its county seat is Ogallala.[1]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Keith County is represented by the prefix 68 (it had the sixty-eighth-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 1,110 square miles (2,874 km²), of which, 1,061 square miles (2,749 km²) of it is land and 49 square miles (126 km²) of it (4.37%) is water.[2]

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Keith County was formed in 1873. It was named after Morrill C. Keith, the grandfather of Governor Keith Neville.[3]


1880 - 194
1890 - 2,556
1900 - 1,951
1910 - 3,692
1920 - 5,294
1930 - 6,721
1940 - 8,333
1950 - 7,449
1960 - 7,958
1970 - 8,487
1980 - 9,364
1990 - 8,584
2000 - 8,875

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 8,875 people, 3,707 households, and 2,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,178 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.75% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 1.49% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 4.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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