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Buffalo County, Nebraska (NE)

County population in 2015: 48,926 (68% urban, 32% rural); it was 42,259 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,392
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,033
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 10,124
Renter-occupied apartments: 6,612 (it was 5,806 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

33%

Land area: 968 sq. mi.

Water area: 7.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 51 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Buffalo County: 81.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (28.9%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (14.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 65%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 30%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Buffalo County, Nebraska:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (87.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (8.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • Asian alone (1.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.1%)
Median resident age:  32.6 years
Nebraska median age:  36.3 years
Males: 24,407  (49.9%)
Females: 24,519  (50.1%)

Buffalo County,NE real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Buffalo County:

2.0 people
Nebraska:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $57,600 ($36,782 in 1999)

This county:

$57,600
Nebraska:

$56,927

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $610 (lower quartile is $469, upper quartile is $810)
This county:

$610
State:

$633


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $149,293 (it was $87,600 in 2000)
Buffalo:

$149,293
Nebraska:

$148,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $109,256 - $228,234

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $203,318
Here:

$203,318
State:

$184,633

Townhouses or other attached units: $178,251
Here:

$178,251
State:

$173,063

In 2-unit structures: $156,539
Here:

$156,539
State:

$142,451

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $147,015
Here:

$147,015
State:

$152,287

Mobile homes: $26,712
Here:

$26,712
State:

$34,052
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,332
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $503

Institutionalized population: 613

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 7
  • Burglaries: 42
  • Thefts: 185
  • Auto thefts: 20

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 6
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 17
  • Burglaries: 51
  • Thefts: 143
  • Auto thefts: 14
Buffalo County, NE map from a distance

Health of residents in Buffalo County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
71.2% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
39.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is less than average.
56.2% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 204 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 160 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 117 buildings, average cost: $174,700
  • 2008: 102 buildings, average cost: $184,800
  • 2009: 81 buildings, average cost: $158,700
  • 2010: 79 buildings, average cost: $192,800
  • 2011: 116 buildings, average cost: $162,500
  • 2012: 146 buildings, average cost: $188,700
  • 2013: 161 buildings, average cost: $182,200
  • 2014: 153 buildings, average cost: $222,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,676 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,157 (1.5%)

Buffalo County household income distribution in 2009 Buffalo County home values distribution Buffalo County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 11.8%
Buffalo County:

11.8%
Nebraska:

11.4%
(10.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.3% for Black residents, 17.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.3% for American Indian residents, 75.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 8.5% for other race residents, 13.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 32.6 years old
(Males: 32.2 years old, Females: 33.2 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 34.4 years old, Black residents: 25.6 years old, American Indian residents: 41.7 years old, Asian residents: 22.2 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23.0 years old, Other race residents: 28.6 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Buffalo County is $442 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $582 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $792 a month.

Cities in this county include: Kearney, Gibbon, Ravenna, Shelton, Elm Creek, Glenwood, Pleasanton, Amherst, Riverdale, Miller.

Buffalo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Buffalo County: York Feedlot (A), Wright's Feedyard (B), Double Nickel Campground (C), Western Campground (D), Henderson/York KOA Kampground (E), York Rest Area - Westbound (F), York Rest Area - Eastbound (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Buffalo County include: Ebenezer Church (A), Emmanuel Church (B), New Heights Assembly of God Church (C), Saint Johns Lutheran Church (D), Arborville Congregational Church (E), Saint Pauls Church (F), Council Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Cashler Cemetery (1), Cedar Lawn Cemetery (2), Ebenezer Cemetery (3), Arborville Cemetery (4), Vernon Cemetery (5), Greenwood Cemetery (6), Bethesda Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Freeman Lake (A), Sacks Lake (B), Recharge Lake (C), Driewer Reservoir (D), Rech-Smith Reservoir (E), Bjerrum Reservoir (F), Carpenter Reservoir (G), Tonniges Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Galaway Creek (A), Antelope Creek (B), Dry Run (C), Stone Creek (D), Wildcat Creek (E), Coon Branch (F), Bear Creek (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Buffalo County include: Hidden Marsh State Wildlife Management Area (1), County Line Federal Waterfowl Production Area (2), Sinninger Federal Waterfowl Production Area (3), Freeman Lake Federal Waterfowl Production Area (4), Waco Federal Waterfowl Production Area (5), Spikerush State Wildlife Management Area (6), Kirkpatrick Basin North State Wildlife Management Area (7), Kirkpatrick Basin South State Wildlife Management Area (8), Renquist Basin State Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Adams County , Clay County , Fillmore County , Grundy County, Illinois , Northumberland County, Pennsylvania , Louisa County, Iowa , York County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.1%
Nebraska:

2.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 5,852
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 35.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,252 (32.7% naturalized citizens)

Buffalo County:

4.6%
Whole state:

7.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 1,102
  • 2000 to 2009: 603
  • 1990 to 1999: 436
  • 1980 to 1989: 339
  • 1970 to 1979: 126
  • Before 1970: 110
Note: State values scaled to Buffalo County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 91.2%

Buffalo County marital status for males Buffalo County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 13,514
  • One, attached: 1,227
  • Two: 767
  • 3 or 4: 1,121
  • 5 to 9: 934
  • 10 to 19: 472
  • 20 to 49: 539
  • 50 or more: 253
  • Mobile homes: 1,215

Housing units in Buffalo County with a mortgage: 6,940 (105 second mortgage, 594 home equity loan, 1 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,692

Here:

60.0% with mortgage
State:

60.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Buffalo County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant9,50519
Catholic9,0437
Evangelical Protestant8,31334
Other6133
Orthodox901
None18,538-
Buffalo County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Buffalo County:

1.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.22 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 31
Buffalo County:

6.90 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 39
This county:

8.68 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Buffalo County:

6.3%
Nebraska:

7.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Buffalo County:

28.4%
State:

28.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.3%
State:

12.9%

Agriculture in Buffalo County:

Average size of farms: 608 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $180,995
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $269.48
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 56.23%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $168,925
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 48.35%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 79.06%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $128,090
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.93%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.94
Corn for grain: 164443 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 3836 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 66228 harvested acres
Vegetables: 31 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 16 acres

Tornado activity:

Buffalo County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Nebraska state average. It is 3577326.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 7/4/1994, a tornado injured one person

Earthquake activity:

Buffalo County-area historical earthquake activity is near Nebraska state average. It is 57% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 643.7 miles away from Buffalo County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 353.9 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 137.1 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 237.5 miles away from the county center
On 6/20/2002 at 04:29:40, a magnitude 3.5 (3.3 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 54.9 miles away from Buffalo County center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 309.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 19, 2011 to June 21, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4014: August 12, 2011, FEMA Id: 4014, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Nebraska Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 01, 2010 to August 29, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1924: July 15, 2010, FEMA Id: 1924, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 22, 2008 to June 24, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1770: June 20, 2008, FEMA Id: 1770, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Nebraska Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 28, 2007 to June 02, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1714: July 24, 2007, FEMA Id: 1714, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Nebraska Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 19, 2006 to January 01, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1674: January 07, 2007, FEMA Id: 1674, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Nebraska Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3245: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3245, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Nebraska Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 11, 2005 to May 12, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1590: June 23, 2005, FEMA Id: 1590, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 20, 2004 to June 01, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1517: May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: 1517, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Nebraska Severe Snow Storms, Incident Period: October 24, 1997 to October 26, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1190: November 01, 1997, FEMA Id: 1190, Natural disaster type: Storm, Snow
  • Nebraska Snow Storm, Ice Storm, Incident Period: April 10, 1994 to April 13, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1027: May 09, 1994, FEMA Id: 1027, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm, Storm, Snow
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Buffalo County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 12, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Snows: 3, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Machinery (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Health care (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Machinery (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Material moving occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (32%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (8%)
  • Korea (7%)
  • Guatemala (6%)
  • India (5%)
  • Israel (4%)
  • Other Eastern Africa (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Buffalo County (%):

  • German (39%)
  • American (7%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • Swedish (2%)
  • Czech (2%)
  • Polish (2%)

Buffalo County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 22,808 (80.3%)
  • Carpooled: 2,927 (10.3%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 28 (0.1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 3 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 253 (0.9%)
  • Bicycle: 193 (0.7%)
  • Walked: 941 (3.3%)
  • Worked at home: 1,172 (4.1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Buffalo County, Nebraska in 2000:

  • 1,939 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 375 people in nursing homes
  • 218 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 63 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 48 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 45 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 45 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 37 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 21 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 20 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 12 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in other group homes
  • 5 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Buffalo County, Nebraska in 2010:

  • 1,575 people in college/university student housing
  • 352 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 155 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 96 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 30 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 10 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 7 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $61,161.

7.55% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,423 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.55%
Nebraska average:

6.38%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.43% relocated from other counties in Nebraska ($21,973 average AGI)
2.12% relocated from other states ($12,449 average AGI)
Buffalo County:

2.12%
Nebraska average:

2.71%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lancaster County, NE  0.61% ($36,755 average AGI)
from Dawson County, NE  0.54% ($38,957)
from Hall County, NE  0.47% ($28,695)
from Kearney County, NE  0.45% ($31,260)
from Douglas County, NE  0.35% ($35,717)
from Lincoln County, NE  0.23% ($31,205)
from Phelps County, NE  0.23% ($28,949)


7.07% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,734 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.07%
Nebraska average:

6.57%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.86% relocated to other counties in Nebraska ($19,956 average AGI)
2.21% relocated to other states ($12,778 average AGI)
Buffalo County:

2.21%
Nebraska average:

2.88%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lancaster County, NE  0.84% ($27,264 average AGI)
to Douglas County, NE  0.58% ($27,586)
to Hall County, NE  0.48% ($29,402)
to Kearney County, NE  0.42% ($34,507)
to Adams County, NE  0.28% ($27,833)
to Dawson County, NE  0.26% ($24,773)
to Lincoln County, NE  0.22% ($28,605)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.6

Births per 1000 population in Buffalo County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Buffalo County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Buffalo County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Buffalo County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Buffalo County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 5,860 (5,123 aged, 737 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 908 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Buffalo County, Nebraska in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (458)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (287)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (241)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (190)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (179)
  • Congestive heart failure (169)
  • Unspecified dementia (151)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (148)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (124)
  • Cardiac arrest, unspecified (120)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.3
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 17,862
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 426
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 25,930

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,506
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 803
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 64
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 110

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 112.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 75.9
  • Other - 36.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 48,926
  • In family households: 36,161 (5,774 male householders, 5,818 female householders)
    9,343 spouses, 12,805 children (11,905 natural, 406 adopted, 489 stepchildren), 646 grandchildren, 373 brothers or sisters, 200 parents, 395 other relatives, 769 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 10,441 (3,481 male householders (2,390 living alone)), 3,604 female householders (2,696 living alone)), 3,328 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,353

Size of family households: 5,300 2-persons, 2,415 3-persons, 2,141 4-persons, 953 5-persons, 596 6-persons, 159 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 5,086 1-person, 1,237 2-persons, 437 3-persons, 254 4-persons, 85 5-persons, 9 6-persons.

7,924 married couples with children.
2,486 single-parent households (412 men, 2,074 women).

91.6% of residents of Buffalo speak English at home.
5.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (65% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (82% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 3% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $188,780,000 ($4,349 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $8,214,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $81,707,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $36,297,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $15,452,000
Federal grants: $39,555,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,857,000 ($43,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $13,912,000 ($5,452,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,328,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $14,266,000
Federal Government insurance: $95,169,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 3,191
Here:

73 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,791
Here:

41 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +275
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -296
Here -7 per 1000 residents
State -15 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Buffalo County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 8.73 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.5
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 371
  • 2010 to 2013: 761
  • 2000 to 2009: 2,787
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,985
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,515
  • 1970 to 1979: 3,829
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,822
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,166
  • 1940 to 1949: 677
  • 1939 or earlier: 3,188
Note: State values scaled to Buffalo population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Buffalo County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Buffalo County population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 126
  • 4 rooms: 842
  • 5 rooms: 1,527
  • 6 rooms: 1,755
  • 7 rooms: 1,588
  • 8 rooms: 2,257
  • 9+ rooms: 3,571
  • 1 room: 195
  • 2 rooms: 359
  • 3 rooms: 1,063
  • 4 rooms: 2,021
  • 5 rooms: 1,386
  • 6 rooms: 866
  • 7 rooms: 499
  • 8 rooms: 267
  • 9+ rooms: 375
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Buffalo County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Buffalo County population
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 92
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,957
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,968
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,097
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,585
  • no bedroom: 202
  • 1 bedroom: 1,380
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,657
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,947
  • 4 bedrooms: 662
  • 5+ bedrooms: 207
Cars and other vehicles available in Buffalo County, Nebraska in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Buffalo County population
  • no vehicle: 179
  • 1 vehicle: 1,990
  • 2 vehicles: 5,028
  • 3 vehicles: 2,830
  • 4 vehicles: 1,079
  • 5+ vehicles: 539
  • no vehicle: 672
  • 1 vehicle: 3,084
  • 2 vehicles: 1,817
  • 3 vehicles: 1,144
  • 4 vehicles: 221
  • 5+ vehicles: 143

77% of Buffalo County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 233% lived in Nebraska.

Buffalo County:

77.5%
State average:

83.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 36,611
  • Other state: 9,714
  • Northeast: 593
  • Midwest: 4,103
  • South: 1,603
  • West: 3,472

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Buffalo County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (61.9%)
  • Electricity (33.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.9%)
  • Wood (1.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)
  • Electricity (52.6%)
  • Utility gas (43.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)
  • Wood (0.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 337
Here:

6.9%
Nebraska:

11.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 208
Here:

8.6%
Nebraska:

10.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 188
Here:

3.6%
Nebraska:

21.9%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Buffalo County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,709,000
    General - Other: $1,301,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $3,884,000
    General - Other: $2,185,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,130,000
    Police Protection: $1,705,000
    Correctional Institutions: $959,000
    Financial Administration: $848,000
    Central Staff Services: $749,000
    Health - Other: $480,000
    General Public Buildings: $398,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $174,000
    Parks and Recreation: $143,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $122,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $99,000
    Corrections - Other: $28,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $13,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Libraries: $172,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,894,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,198,000

Buffalo County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $1,020,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $403,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $537,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $399,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $337,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,163,000
    All Other: $1,980,000
    General Local Government Support: $512,000
    Public Welfare: $137,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,931,000
    Death and Gift: $422,000
    Other Selective Sales: $334,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $290,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $220,000
    Other License: $168,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $75,000

Buffalo County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,563,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 394
  • Number of aged recipients: 30
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 364
  • Number of recipients under 18: 79
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 263
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 52
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 151
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 161
Buffalo County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Buffalo County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Buffalo County, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John22978.9 years
Mary19882.7 years
William17077.7 years
Robert15272.6 years
Charles13576.2 years
George13178.2 years
Helen12281.6 years
Anna11587.5 years
James11076.6 years
Frank10380.5 years
Most common last names in Buffalo County, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson12877.7 years
Smith8380.8 years
Anderson7379.3 years
Peterson5577.7 years
Miller5580.3 years
Nelson4174.6 years
Jones3979.5 years
Harris3879.9 years
Brown3774.7 years
Thomas3377.5 years
Businesses in Buffalo County, NE
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Maurices1
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's3
AmericInn1Menards1
Arby's2Microtel1
Ashley Furniture1Motel 61
Baskin-Robbins1New Balance4
Bath & Body Works1Nike5
Best Western2OfficeMax1
Big O Tires1Old Navy1
Blockbuster1Papa John's Pizza1
Burger King2Payless1
Caribou Coffee1Pizza Hut2
Carson Pirie Scott1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Cold Stone Creamery1Quiznos1
Comfort Inn1RadioShack1
Curves1Ramada1
Dairy Queen3Red Lobster1
Days Inn1Rodeway Inn1
Econo Lodge1Ruby Tuesday1
Famous Footwear1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx7Sears1
Ford1Slumberland1
GNC1Starbucks1
GameStop1Subway5
Gap1Super 81
H&R Block3Taco Bell1
Hilton1Target1
Hobby Lobby1True Value2
Holiday Inn2U-Haul3
JCPenney1U.S. Cellular1
Jimmy John's1UPS9
Jones New York2Verizon Wireless1
KFC1Walgreens1
Kmart1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy2Wendy's2
Little Caesars Pizza2Wingate1
Long John Silver's1YMCA1
MasterBrand Cabinets3