County population in 2012: 10,740 (32% urban, 68% rural); it was 11,793 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,671 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,775 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,533 Renter-occupied apartments: 1,268 (it was 1,293 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 2576 sq. mi. Water area: 0.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 4 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Custer County: 75.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (21.9%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (15.9%), Retail trade (11.1%), Manufacturing (10.9%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,126 (1.5%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $806 (1.3%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 10.0%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 56.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.0% for American Indian residents, 50.9% for other race residents, 21.0% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 45 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 15 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 18 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Custer County is $419 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $622 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Custer County: Antelope School (A), Arnold Lake State Recreation Area (B), Broken Bow Fairground (C), Gavin Siding (D), Pederson Ranch (E), School Number 110 (F), School Number 36 (G), The Dowse Sod House (H), Wagon Wheel Motel and Camp Grounds (I), Broken Bow Country Club (J), Callaway Golf Course (K), Devils Den Lookout (L). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Custer County include: Custer Center Church (A), Pleasant Valley Church (B), First Eudell Church (C), Salem Church (D), Bethel Church (E), Liberty Chapel (F), Tallin Church (G), Lutheran Church (H), Broken View Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: West Union Cemetery (1), Ansley Cemetery (2), Arnold Cemetery (3), Rose Hill Cemetery (4), Franch Tableland Cemetery (5), Grand View Cemetery (6), Sells Valley Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Arnold Lake (A), Carothers Lake (B), Spring Creek Reservoir 25-A (C), Knapp Reservoir (D), Sargent Reservoir (E), Carothers Lake (F), Warn Swamp (G). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Ash Creek (A), Warm Swamp (B), Dutch Creek (C), East Buffalo Creek (D), Wagner Creek (E), Lillian Creek (F), West Buffalo Creek (G), Kilgore Creek (H), Stoddard Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Custer County include: Pressy State Recreation Grounds (1), Arcadia Diversion Dam State Wildlife Management Area (2), Pressey State Wildlife Management Area (3), Victora Springs State Park (4), Victoria Springs State Recreation Area (5), Cumro Nebraska Historical Marker (6), Westerville Historical Marker (7), Nebraska State Grange Historical Marker (8). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 1307 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $245,368 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $199.61 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 78.23% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $234,839 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 20.47% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 64.59% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $104,469 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.03% Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 18.96 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.26% Corn for grain: 150216 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 8309 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 31854 harvested acres Vegetables: 24 harvested acres
Custer County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Nebraska state average. It is 2.2 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 fatalities and 33 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 7/8/1955, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 13 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Custer County-area historical earthquake activity is near Nebraska state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
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 52.9 miles away from the county center On 8/26/1991 at 11:49:15, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 71.0 miles away from the county center On 1/25/1994 at 02:44:39, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 89.7 miles away from the county center On 7/18/1990 at 02:47:03, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 36.1 miles away from Custer County center On 4/16/2007 at 06:50:31, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, 2.6 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 79.3 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)
Most recent natural disasters:
Nebraska Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 1, 2010 to August 29, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1924): July 15, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1924, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 5, 2009 to June 26, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1853): July 31, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1853, 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: FEMA-DR-1770, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Nebraska Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 28, 2007 to June 2, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1714): July 24, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1714, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Nebraska Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 4, 2007 to May 19, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1706): June 6, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1706, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Nebraska Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 19, 2006 to January 1, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1674): January 7, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1674, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Nebraska Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: November 27, 2005 to November 28, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1627): January 26, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1627, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Nebraska Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3245): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3245, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Nebraska Severe Storms, Incident Period: April 10, 2001 to April 23, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1373): May 16, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1373, Natural disaster type: Storm
Nebraska Severe Snow Storms, Incident Period: October 24, 1997 to October 26, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1190): November 1, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1190, Natural disaster type: Storm, Snow
4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Custer County (14) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Snows: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5
Births per 1000 population in Custer County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.1 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6
Deaths per 1000 population in Custer County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.2 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Custer County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,524 (2,292 aged, 232 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 17.37 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 17281.81 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1128.960 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 35432.05
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 885.190 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1139.350 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.76
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 33.26 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 52.59
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 8,951 (2,545 male householders, 530 female householders)
2,595 spouses, 2,890 children (2,688 natural, 61 adopted, 141 stepchildren), 89 grandchildren, 47 brothers or sisters, 25 parents, 40 other relatives, 162 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 1,860 (773 male householders (660 living alone)), 866 female householders (812 living alone)), 221 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 128 (all institutionalized)
Size of family households: 1,689 2-persons, 546 3-persons, 448 4-persons, 269 5-persons, 88 6-persons, 35 7-or-more-persons.
97.1% of residents of Custer County speak English at home.
2.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 22% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (75% speak English very well, 25% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (25% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 44% speak English not well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $95,886,000 ($8327 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $1,042,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $32,125,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,595,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $18,089,000 Federal grants: $27,093,000 Federal procurement contracts: $944,000 ($194,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $3,038,000 ($91,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $1,252,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,171,000 Federal Government insurance: $78,346,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
62 per 1000 residents
75 per 1000 residents
73 per 1000 residents
46 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: 0
0 per 1000 residents
+13 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -243
-21 per 1000 residents
-15 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Custer County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.14 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 19
2000 to 2004: 101
1990 to 1999: 332
1980 to 1989: 284
1970 to 1979: 936
1960 to 1969: 443
1950 to 1959: 606
1940 to 1949: 442
1939 or earlier: 2,395
Rooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, Nebraska
64% of Custer County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 67% lived in Nebraska.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 9873
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $19,900
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Custer County