Otoe County, Nebraska

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Otoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 15,396. Its county seat is Nebraska City[1].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Otoe County is represented by the prefix 11 (it had the eleventh-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 619 square miles (1,603 km²), of which, 616 square miles (1,595 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.55%) is water.

The eastern boundary of this county is the Missouri River. It is a largely agricultural region with rolling hills and rich soil. Corn, soybeans, milo (grain sorghum), wheat, and other, less common, grain crops are joined by several commercial apple orchards. Animal husbandry concentrates on beef cattle, the locally produced grains being excellent sources of feed for them. Otoe County derives its name from the Watota Indians. The Watota Indians lived along the Missouri river in the area that is now Otoe County. Otoe, as in the Otoe Indians, is an abbreviation for Watota, which means "lovers of pleasure". [2]

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Otoe County was formed in 1854. It was named after the Otoe Indian tribe.[2]


1860 - 4,211
1870 - 12,345
1880 - 15,727
1890 - 25,403
1900 - 22,288
1910 - 19,323
1920 - 19,494
1930 - 19,901
1940 - 18,994
1950 - 17,056
1960 - 16,503
1970 - 15,576
1980 - 15,183
1990 - 14,252
2000 - 15,396

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 15,396 people, 6,060 households, and 4,229 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,567 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.42% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 2.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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