Sheridan County, Nebraska

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Sheridan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 6,198. Its county seat is Rushville.[1]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Sheridan County is represented by the prefix 61 (it had the sixty-first-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,470 square miles (6,397 km²), of which, 2,441 square miles (6,322 km²) of it is land and 29 square miles (75 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.[2]

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Sheridan County was formed in 1885. It was named after General Philip H. Sheridan.[3]


1890 - 8,687
1900 - 6,033
1910 - 7,328
1920 - 9,625
1930 - 10,793
1940 - 9,869
1950 - 9,539
1960 - 9,049
1970 - 7,285
1980 - 7,544
1990 - 6,750
2000 - 6,198

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,198 people, 2,549 households, and 1,728 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,013 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.11% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 9.23% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. 1.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.6% were of German, 8.8% English, 7.8% Irish and 7.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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