Phelps County, Nebraska

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Phelps County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 9,747. Its county seat is Holdrege[1].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Phelps County is represented by the prefix 37 (it had the thirty-seventh-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 541 square miles (1,400 km²), of which, 540 square miles (1,399 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (2 km²) of it (0.12%) is water.

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Phelps County was formed in 1873. It was named after William Phelps, an early settler in this area. [2]


1880 - 2,447
1890 - 9,869
1900 - 10,772
1910 - 10,451
1920 - 9,900
1930 - 9,261
1940 - 8,452
1950 - 9,048
1960 - 9,800
1970 - 9,553
1980 - 9,769
1990 - 9,715
2000 - 9,747

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 9,747 people, 3,844 households, and 2,683 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,191 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.79% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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