Nuckolls County, Nebraska

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Nuckolls County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 5,057. Its county seat is Nelson[1].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Nuckolls County is represented by the prefix 42 (it had the forty-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 576 square miles (1,492 km²), of which, 575 square miles (1,490 km²) of it is land and 1 square mile (2 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.

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Nuckolls County was formed in 1860. It was named after Stephen F. Nuckolls, an early pioneer in this area.[2]

Thomas E. Trowbridge (1930-2009), a member of both houses of the Wyoming State Legislature (1979-1986), was born in Nuckolls County. His father, Elton Trowbridge, also served in the Wyoming House of Representatives (1961-1974, his death). Elton Trowbridge lived in Nuckolls County at least from 1930-1935, probably earlier.


1860 - 22
1870 - 8
1880 - 4,235
1890 - 11,417
1900 - 12,414
1910 - 13,019
1920 - 13,236
1930 - 12,629
1940 - 12,781
1950 - 10,973
1960 - 8,217
1970 - 7,404
1980 - 6,726
1990 - 5,786
2000 - 5,057

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,057 people, 2,218 households, and 1,443 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,530 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.91% White, 0.02% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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