Arthur County, Nebraska

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Arthur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The population was 444 at the 2000 census, making Arthur County the least populated county in Nebraska. Its county seat is Arthur.[1]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Arthur County is represented by the prefix 91 (it had the ninety-first-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Arthur County is home to the Baled Hay Church, and to the smallest court house in the United States, which serves as a museum.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,859.6 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,851.8 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.41%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties

History

Arthur County was formed in 1913. It was named after President Chester A. Arthur.[3]

Demographics

1890 - 91
1920 - 1,412
1930 - 1,344
1940 - 1,045
1950 - 803
1960 - 680
1970 - 606
1980 - 513
1990 - 462
2000 - 444

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 444 people, 185 households, and 138 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.618 people per square mile (0.239/km²). There were 273 housing units at an average density of 0.380 per square mile (0.147/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.40% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 1.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.4% were of German, 13.1% English, 6.2% Irish and 5.7% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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