Polk County, Nebraska

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Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 5,639. Its county seat is Osceola[1]. The center of population of Nebraska is located in Polk County, near the village of Shelby [2].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Polk County is represented by the prefix 41 (it had the forty-first-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 1,141 km² (441 mi²). 1,137 km² (439 mi²) of it is land and 5 km² (2 mi²) of it (0.43%) is water.

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Polk County was formed in 1856. It was named after President James K. Polk.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,639 people, 2,259 households, and 1,570 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (13/mi²). There were 2,717 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.92% White, 0.02% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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