Dawson County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°52′N 99°49′W / 40.87°N 99.81°W / 40.87; -99.81
Country United States
State Nebraska
Founded1860 (authorized by Territorial Legislature)
1871 (authorized by proclamation of Acting Governor)
Named forJacob Dawson
SeatLexington
Largest cityLexington
Area
 • Total1,019 sq mi (2,640 km2)
 • Land1,013 sq mi (2,620 km2)
 • Water6.3 sq mi (16 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
23,709
 • Density23.4/sq mi (9.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.dawsoncountyne.org

Dawson County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 24,326.[1] Its county seat is Lexington.[2]

Dawson County is part of the Lexington, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Dawson County is represented by the prefix 18 (it had the 18th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Dawson County was established by the territorial legislature in 1860; it officially became a county in 1871 by proclamation of acting Governor William James. The county website states that the county was named for Jacob Dawson, the first postmaster in the settlement of Lancaster County, Nebraska.[3][4] Other sources offer another possibility: that it was named after Pennsylvania Congressman John Littleton Dawson;[5]

Geography

Dawson County lies near the center of Nebraska, in the portion of the state that observes Central Time. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,019 square miles (2,640 km2), of which 1,013 square miles (2,620 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16 km2) (0.6%) is water.[6]

Major highways

Protected areas

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
186016
1870103543.8%
18802,9092,724.3%
189010,129248.2%
190012,26421.1%
191015,96130.1%
192016,0040.3%
193017,87511.7%
194017,8900.1%
195019,3938.4%
196019,4050.1%
197019,7711.9%
198022,30412.8%
199019,940−10.6%
200024,36522.2%
201024,326−0.2%
2018 (est.)23,709[11]−2.5%
US Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[16] there were 24,365 people, 8,824 households, and 6,273 families in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 9,805 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 82.32% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 14.49% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 25.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.0% were of German, 6.7% American, 6.7% Irish and 6.4% English ancestry.

There were 8,824 households, out of which 35.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.21.

The county population contained 29.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,132, and the median income for a family was $42,224. Males had a median income of $26,865 versus $20,569 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,973. About 8.60% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Politics

Presidential Elections Results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 71.0% 6,524 27.2% 2,497 1.9% 170
2016 69.3% 5,984 24.7% 2,136 6.0% 515
2012 69.5% 5,460 28.0% 2,199 2.5% 200
2008 68.4% 5,460 30.0% 2,399 1.6% 127
2004 77.3% 6,149 21.7% 1,728 1.0% 79
2000 73.4% 5,511 23.2% 1,740 3.4% 256
1996 59.4% 4,794 27.0% 2,180 13.5% 1,091
1992 53.6% 4,714 19.8% 1,741 26.6% 2,334
1988 71.3% 5,529 28.2% 2,184 0.5% 42
1984 81.9% 6,887 17.7% 1,487 0.4% 33
1980 77.7% 6,689 17.0% 1,463 5.3% 457
1976 67.8% 5,413 30.0% 2,395 2.2% 177
1972 81.4% 6,211 18.7% 1,424
1968 72.0% 5,221 22.3% 1,614 5.8% 419
1964 54.7% 4,577 45.3% 3,790
1960 73.1% 6,480 26.9% 2,388
1956 76.1% 6,503 23.9% 2,039
1952 79.7% 7,130 20.3% 1,820
1948 61.8% 4,203 38.3% 2,603
1944 68.9% 5,017 31.2% 2,270
1940 66.0% 5,445 34.0% 2,803
1936 46.4% 3,573 52.2% 4,021 1.4% 108
1932 38.1% 2,859 60.1% 4,513 1.8% 133
1928 74.3% 5,125 24.9% 1,718 0.9% 59
1924 50.7% 3,016 25.6% 1,526 23.7% 1,410
1920 66.0% 3,384 28.2% 1,444 5.9% 300
1916 40.7% 1,444 56.1% 1,989 3.1% 111
1912 13.2% 449 47.5% 1,613 39.3% 1,335
1908 46.1% 1,737 51.1% 1,926 2.9% 109
1904 61.5% 1,712 16.4% 457 22.1% 614
1900 46.4% 1,280 50.7% 1,399 3.0% 82

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ About Dawson County (DC website; accessed 19 January 2019)
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). "Nebraska Place-Names". University of Nebraska Department of English. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Dawson, John L." Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Bitterns Call State Wildlife Management Area, Cozad NE Google Maps (accessed 19 January 2019)
  8. ^ Dogwood State Wildlife Management Area, Lexington NE Google Maps (accessed 19 January 2019)
  9. ^ East Willow Island State Wildlife Management Area, Cozad NE Google Maps (accessed 19 January 2019)
  10. ^ Gallagher Canyon State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 19 January 2019)
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  17. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections".

Coordinates: 40°52′N 99°49′W / 40.87°N 99.81°W / 40.87; -99.81