Valley County, Nebraska

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Valley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 4,647. Its county seat is Ord[1].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Valley County is represented by the prefix 47 (it had the forty-seventh-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 571 square miles (1,478 km²), 568 square miles (1,471 km²) of which is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) (0.42%) of which is water. The county was the site of severe flooding in 2010 when the private Bredthauer Dam broke.[2]

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History

Valley County was formed in 1871. It was named after the geological features of the area.[3]


Demographics

1880 - 2,324
1890 - 7,092
1900 - 7,339
1910 - 9,480
1920 - 9,823
1930 - 9,533
1940 - 8,163
1950 - 7,252
1960 - 6,590
1970 - 5,783
1980 - 5,633
1990 - 5,169
2000 - 4,647

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,647 people, 1,965 households, and 1,298 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,273 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.15% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 1.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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