Furnas County, Nebraska (NE)

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County population in 2012: 4,907 (all rural); it was 5,324 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 732
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 887
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,746
Renter-occupied apartments: 566 (it was 532 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

33%

Land area: 718 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 7 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Furnas County: 75.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (59.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 5%
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Races in Furnas County, Nebraska:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.7%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
Median resident age:  47.0 years
Nebraska median age:  36.0 years
Males: 2,423  (51.5%)
Females: 2,536  (48.5%)

Furnas County,NE real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Furnas County:

2.0 people
Nebraska:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $39,425 ($30,498 in 1999)

This county:

$39425
Nebraska:

$51440

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $328 (lower quartile is $242, upper quartile is $431)
This county:

$328
State:

$574


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $58,471 (it was $39,400 in 2000)
Furnas:

$58,471
Nebraska:

$132,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $28,707 - $111,453
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $821
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $394

Institutionalized population: 79

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


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

Furnas County, NE map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 4 buildings, average cost: $126,300

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,095 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $982 (1.9%)

Furnas County household income distribution in 2009 Furnas County home values distribution Furnas County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.2%
(15.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 49.2% for American Indian residents, 39.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.7%
Furnas County:

16.7%
Nebraska:

13.2%
(15.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 43.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 57.4% for American Indian residents, 29.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 47 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 71 years old, American Indian residents: 19 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 57 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Furnas County is $438 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $502 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $663 a month.

Cities in this county include: Cambridge, Arapahoe, Oxford, Beaver City, Holbrook, Edison, Wilsonville, Hendley.

Furnas County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Furnas County: School Number 96 (A), Hollinger (B), Hendley (C), Arapahoe Golf Course (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Furnas County include: Bethel Church (A), Lutheran Church (B), Sunny Slope Church (C), Spring Green Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Arapahoe Cemetery (1), Edison Cemetery (2), Pleasantview Cemetery (3), Deaver Cemetery (4), Stump Cemetery (5), Garfield Cemetery (6), Spring Green Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Ehrke Reservoir (A), Furnas Company Road Dam Reservoir Number 1 (B), Grove Reservoir (C), Kleckner Reservoir (D), McCue Reservoir (E), Sturtevant Reservoir (F), Wilsonville Reservoir (G), Ziebell Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Timmons Creek (A), Muddy Creek (B), Swartz Creek (C), Medicine Creek (D), Little Antelope Creek (E), Elk Creek (F), Sheep Creek (G), Maple Creek (H), Jones Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Furnas County include: Oxford State Wildlife Management Area (1), Republican River Flood of 1935 Historical Marker (2), Norwegian Lutheran Church Historical Marker (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Decatur County, Kansas , Frontier County , Gosper County , Harlan County , Norton County, Kansas , Phelps County , Red Willow County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.5%
Nebraska:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 104
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 18 (44% naturalized citizens)

Furnas County:

0.3%
Whole state:

4.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 6
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 1
  • 1965 to 1969: 7

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 78.8%

Furnas County marital status for males Furnas County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Furnas County with a mortgage: 553 (29 second mortgage, 12 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 825

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Furnas County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,96412
Evangelical Protestant1,57911
Catholic7293
None687-
Furnas 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: 6
Furnas County:

12.76 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Furnas County:

6.38 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

10.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Furnas County:

9.9%
Nebraska:

7.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Furnas County:

30.1%
State:

28.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.0%
State:

12.9%

Agriculture in Furnas County:

Average size of farms: 1070 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $203,872
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $175.61
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 63.16%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $216,067
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 39.98%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 38.13%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $142,197
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.35%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.79
Corn for grain: 52582 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 65740 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 25144 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Furnas County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Nebraska state average. It is 3397964.1 times below overall U.S. average.
On 6/22/1969, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Furnas County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Nebraska state average. It is 52% 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 626.1 miles away from Furnas 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 331.1 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 185.8 miles away from the county center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 258.8 miles away from the county center
On 11/13/2001 at 01:56:13, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 20.7 miles away from Furnas County center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 346.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Furnas County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • United Kingdom (28%)
  • Other Northern Europe (17%)
  • Germany (11%)
  • Netherlands (11%)
  • Russia (11%)
  • Philippines (11%)
  • Cuba (11%)

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

  • German (46%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Swedish (5%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Danish (2%)

Furnas County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,835 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 228 (10%)
  • Bicycle: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 159 (7%)
  • Other means: 13 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 139 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 123 people in nursing homes
  • 9 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 2 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 77 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 2 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,464.

6.78% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,071 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.78%
Nebraska average:

6.38%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.43% relocated from other counties in Nebraska ($18,638 average AGI)
2.35% relocated from other states ($10,425 average AGI)
Furnas County:

2.35%
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 Buffalo County, NE  0.80% ($23,933 average AGI)
from Red Willow County, NE  0.75% ($29,643)


7.17% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,593 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.17%
Nebraska average:

6.57%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.99% relocated to other counties in Nebraska ($18,837 average AGI)
2.18% relocated to other states ($7,756 average AGI)
Furnas County:

2.18%
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 Red Willow County, NE  0.96% ($30,889 average AGI)
to Buffalo County, NE  0.74% ($26,929)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1

Births per 1000 population in Furnas County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 18.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Furnas County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Furnas County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,449 (1,291 aged, 158 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 19.5
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11505.46
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 994.540
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 44929.8

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 637.580
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1633.790
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 19.92

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 37.17
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 79.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,878

Size of family households: 785 2-persons, 183 3-persons, 197 4-persons, 103 5-persons, 57 6-persons, 24 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 762 1-person, 66 2-persons, 4 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

996 married couples with children.
220 single-parent households (62 men, 158 women).

97.2% of residents of Furnas County speak English at home.
1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (66% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (33% speak English very well, 67% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $57,754,000 ($11262 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $367,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $18,318,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,612,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $14,453,000
Federal grants: $13,662,000
Federal procurement contracts: $703,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,006,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,979,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $893,000
Federal Government insurance: $34,606,000

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

Births: 271
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 416
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -1
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +13 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -147
Here -29 per 1000 residents
State -15 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Furnas County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.08 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 32
  • 2000 to 2004: 125
  • 1990 to 1999: 162
  • 1980 to 1989: 128
  • 1970 to 1979: 423
  • 1960 to 1969: 252
  • 1950 to 1959: 242
  • 1940 to 1949: 210
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,116
Rooms in houses/apartments in Furnas County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 21
  • 4 rooms: 231
  • 5 rooms: 366
  • 6 rooms: 320
  • 7 rooms: 256
  • 8 rooms: 253
  • 9+ rooms: 288
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 54
  • 3 rooms: 91
  • 4 rooms: 132
  • 5 rooms: 69
  • 6 rooms: 64
  • 7 rooms: 61
  • 8 rooms: 26
  • 9+ rooms: 31
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Furnas County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 56
  • 2 bedrooms: 513
  • 3 bedrooms: 669
  • 4 bedrooms: 348
  • 5+ bedrooms: 157
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 151
  • 2 bedrooms: 188
  • 3 bedrooms: 106
  • 4 bedrooms: 58
  • 5+ bedrooms: 20
Cars and other vehicles available in Furnas County, Nebraska in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 45
  • 1 vehicle: 435
  • 2 vehicles: 720
  • 3 vehicles: 365
  • 4 vehicles: 141
  • 5+ vehicles: 40
  • no vehicle: 87
  • 1 vehicle: 201
  • 2 vehicles: 174
  • 3 vehicles: 44
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 12

65% of Furnas County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 61% lived in Nebraska.

Furnas County:

65.2%
State average:

55.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $12,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Furnas County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (72.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.0%)
  • Electricity (6.2%)
  • Wood (2.7%)
  • Other fuel (1.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (56.4%)
  • Electricity (23.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.0%)
  • Wood (2.3%)
  • Other fuel (1.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 15
Here:

2.6%
Nebraska:

14.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 10
Here:

2.7%
Nebraska:

10.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 14
Here:

18.7%
Nebraska:

20.0%

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)

Furnas County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $965,000
    General - Other: $504,000
    Financial Administration: $151,000
    Central Staff Services: $117,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $97,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $60,000
    Health Services - Other: $57,000
    General Public Buildings: $52,000
    Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $16,000
    Solid Waste Management: $6,000
    Corrections - Other: $4,000
    Police Protection: $2,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $131,000
    General - Other: $8,000
    Judicial: $1,000
    Health - Other: $1,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $625,000

Furnas County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $272,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $12,000
    General Support: $3,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $63,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $4,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $622,000
    General Support: $33,000
    All Other: $30,000
  • Tax - Property: $610,000
    NEC: $61,000
    Total General Sales: $43,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $39,000
    Public Utilities: $3,000

Furnas County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $555,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Furnas County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Furnas County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Furnas County, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6677.2 years
Mary6182.9 years
William6080.1 years
Robert5176.9 years
Charles5076.9 years
George3880.3 years
Anna3786.8 years
James3677.8 years
Fred3282.3 years
Helen3184.5 years
Most common last names in Furnas County, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4379.8 years
Brown3476.7 years
Johnson3178.7 years
Martin2482.8 years
Stagemeyer2182.2 years
Hilker2175.9 years
Wendland2073.7 years
Haussler2081.9 years
Phillips2085.4 years
Schroeder1981.6 years
Businesses in Furnas County, NE
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1La-Z-Boy1
H&R Block1True Value1

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