McCook, Nebraska

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McCook is a city in Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,994 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Red Willow County.[3] It was named in honor of Alexander McDowell McCook, a Brigadier General in the Union Army during the American Civil War.[4]



McCook is located at 40°12′19″N 100°37′34″W / 40.20528°N 100.62611°W / 40.20528; -100.62611 (40.205228, -100.626174).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (13.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,994 people, 3,371 households, and 2,154 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,485.1 people per square mile (573.7/km²). There were 3,754 housing units at an average density of 697.4/sq mi (269.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.18% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.91% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population. The population was 7,410 in 2009.

There were 3,371 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

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