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Merrick County, Nebraska (NE)


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County population in 2012: 7,780 (41% urban, 59% rural); it was 8,204 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,303
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,042
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,384
Renter-occupied apartments: 806 (it was 825 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

33%

Land area: 485 sq. mi.
Water area: 9.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 16 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Merrick County: 76.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (19.6%), Retail trade (12.4%), Manufacturing (12.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Merrick County, Nebraska:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
Nebraska median age:  36.0 years

Males: 3,880  (51.2%)
Females: 3,965  (48.8%)

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Merrick County,NE real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Merrick County:

2.0 people
Nebraska:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $42,182 ($34,961 in 1999)
This county:

$42182
Nebraska:

$47357

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $375 (lower quartile is $280, upper quartile is $455)
This county:

$375
State:

$518


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $80,140 (it was $64,900 in 2000)
Merrick County:

$80,140
Nebraska:

$123,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,452 - $125,173

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $134,883
Here:

$134,883
State:

$147,392

Townhouses or other attached units: $706,170
Here:

$706,170
State:

$145,274

Mobile homes: $42,708
Here:

$42,708
State:

$29,187

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $5,340
Here:

$5,340
State:

$71,559
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,179
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $342

Institutionalized population: 107

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):


Merrick County, NE map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,471 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,418 (1.9%)


Merrick County household income distribution in 2009 Merrick County home values distribution


Merrick County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 7.3%
(6.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 46.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 17 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 14 years old, Other race residents: 19 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

8.9%
Whole state:

9.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

3.3%
Whole state:

4.0%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Merrick 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.

Cities in this county include: Central City, Palmer, Silver Creek, Clarks, Chapman, Archer.

Merrick 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 Merrick County: Covenant Cedars Camp (A), Schafer (B), Thummel (C), Havens (D), Merrick County Fairgrounds (E), Husker Co-op Elevator (F), Silver Creek Township Library (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Merrick County include: Zion Lutheran Church (A), Saint Lawrence Catholic Church (B), United Methodist Church (C), Pierce Chapel (D), Emmanuel Church (E), Fairview Church (F), United Brethren Church (G), South Side Church (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Central City Cemetery (1), Chapman Cemetery (2), Clarks Cemetery (3), Silver Creek Cemetery (4), Fairview Cemetery (5), Prairie Creek Cemetery (6), Bureau Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Warm Slough (A), Wood River (B), Prairie Slough (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Merrick County include: Kernel Field (1), Bader Memorial Park (2), Mormon Trail Historical Marker (3), Hord Lake State Recreation Area (4), Izaak Walton League Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Hall County , Hamilton County , Howard County , Nance County , Platte County , Polk County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 197
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 79 (41% naturalized citizens)

Merrick County:

1.0%
Whole state:

4.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 54.9%

Merrick County marital status for males
Merrick County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Merrick County with a mortgage: 896 (73 second mortgage, 62 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 846

Here:

51.4% with mortgage
State:

64.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 65.05%
Here65.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,337
Total congregations: 26

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchCatholic ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents1,538 (28.8%)1,215 (22.8%)923 (17.3%)314 (5.9%)262 (4.9%)
Congregations8 (30.8%)3 (11.5%)3 (11.5%)2 (7.7%)1 (3.8%)
NameEvangelical Free Church of AmericaFriends (Quakers)Presbyterian Church (USA) The Wesleyan ChurchOther
Adherents257 (4.8%)224 (4.2%)178 (3.3%)120 (2.2%)306 (5.7%)
Congregations1 (3.8%)1 (3.8%)1 (3.8%)1 (3.8%)5 (19.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Merrick County - Central City, Palmer, Silver Creek, Clarks, Chapman

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

3.91 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

9.13 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Merrick County:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.1%
Nebraska:

7.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.9%
Nebraska:

28.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Merrick County:

10.6%
State:

12.9%


Agriculture in Merrick County:

Average size of farms: 552 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $219,468
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $273.54
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 51.27%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $197,632
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 70.87%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 87.56%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $117,971
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.80%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 21.24
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.72%
Corn for grain: 121539 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 284 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 59559 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Merrick County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Nebraska state average. It is 4.3 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 18 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/3/1980, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 18 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Merrick County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below 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 40.1 miles away from the county center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 97.0 miles away from the county center
On 8/9/1997 at 17:46:03, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 61.6 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 54.7 miles away from Merrick County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Merrick County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 6, Floods: 5, Tornadoes: 2, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (20%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Wood products (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Machinery (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (15%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





Merrick County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,086 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 467 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 150 (4%)
  • Other means: 7 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 245 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,258.

7.28% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,490 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.28%
Nebraska average:

7.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.04% relocated from other counties in Nebraska ($23,859 average AGI)
1.24% relocated from other states ($4,631 average AGI)
Merrick County:

1.24%
Nebraska average:

2.84%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Hall County, NE  1.84% ($25,731 average AGI)
from Hamilton County, NE  0.57% ($26,125)
from Howard County, NE  0.57% ($22,938)


9.02% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,496 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.02%
Nebraska average:

7.41%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
7.15% relocated to other counties in Nebraska ($21,927 average AGI)
1.87% relocated to other states ($5,565 average AGI)
Merrick County:

1.87%
Nebraska average:

3.31%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Hall County, NE  2.15% ($25,677 average AGI)
to Lancaster County, NE  1.04% ($21,600)
to Hamilton County, NE  0.62% ($33,833)
to Douglas County, NE  0.59% ($22,882)
to Platte County, NE  0.49% ($28,214)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Merrick County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Merrick County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Merrick County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,515 (1,363 aged, 152 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: 12.34
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8801.380
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 876.440
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 81224.54

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1177.780
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1041.410
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12.4

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49.68
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 123.980

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,648

Size of family households: 1,100 2-persons, 402 3-persons, 340 4-persons, 189 5-persons, 74 6-persons, 39 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 842 1-person, 140 2-persons, 22 3-persons, 2 4-persons, 1 6-persons.

96.8% of residents of Merrick County speak English at home.
1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (51% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 30% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (18% speak English very well, 82% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $53,262,000 ($6575 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,680,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $20,491,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,235,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,718,000
Federal grants: $9,309,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,556,000 ($1,092,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,952,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $192,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,021,000
Federal Government insurance: $47,416,000

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

Births: 486
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 432
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +10
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -190
Here -24 per 1000 residents
State -15 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Merrick County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.87 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Merrick County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 26
  • 3 rooms: 31
  • 4 rooms: 240
  • 5 rooms: 584
  • 6 rooms: 545
  • 7 rooms: 373
  • 8 rooms: 288
  • 9+ rooms: 297
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 33
  • 3 rooms: 103
  • 4 rooms: 179
  • 5 rooms: 204
  • 6 rooms: 153
  • 7 rooms: 71
  • 8 rooms: 23
  • 9+ rooms: 35
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Merrick County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 70
  • 2 bedrooms: 680
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,030
  • 4 bedrooms: 478
  • 5+ bedrooms: 126
  • no bedroom: 24
  • 1 bedroom: 140
  • 2 bedrooms: 340
  • 3 bedrooms: 246
  • 4 bedrooms: 71
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
Cars and other vehicles available in Merrick County, Nebraska in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 63
  • 1 vehicle: 452
  • 2 vehicles: 1,041
  • 3 vehicles: 539
  • 4 vehicles: 222
  • 5+ vehicles: 67
  • no vehicle: 81
  • 1 vehicle: 325
  • 2 vehicles: 275
  • 3 vehicles: 96
  • 4 vehicles: 45
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

63% of Merrick County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 45% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 81% lived in Nebraska.

Merrick County:

63.4%
State average:

55.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $24,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Merrick County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (50.8%)
  • Electricity (21.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.7%)
  • Wood (3.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (43.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.3%)
  • Electricity (25.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.3%)
  • Wood (1.3%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 111
Here:

10.8%
Nebraska:

14.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 66
Here:

12.3%
Nebraska:

10.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 33
Here:

19.4%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Merrick County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Merrick County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Merrick County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Merrick County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Merrick County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Merrick County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Merrick County, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6877.9 years
George5178.4 years
William4577.9 years
Mary4482.5 years
Robert4273.8 years
Charles4179.9 years
Frank4079.4 years
Anna3886.5 years
Margaret3579.7 years
James3073.4 years
Most common last names in Merrick County, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3080.7 years
Johnson2781.4 years
Anderson2180.5 years
Dittmer1883.6 years
Nelson1879.7 years
Larson1883.5 years
Jensen1773.2 years
Rudolf1681.5 years
Miller1676.2 years
Mchargue1584.9 years
Businesses in Merrick County, NE
NameCountNameCount
Dairy Queen1Super 81
H&R Block1True Value1
La-Z-Boy1U-Haul1
Pizza Hut1Wendy's1
Subway1
Browse common businesses in Merrick County, NE

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