County population in 2012: 32,681 (69% urban, 31% rural); it was 31,662 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,521 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,692 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,850 Renter-occupied apartments: 3,445 (it was 3,226 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 678 sq. mi. Water area: 11.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 48 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Platte County: 80.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (27.2%), Educational,health and social services (17.1%), Retail trade (10.1%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,688 (1.5%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,509 (1.6%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 7.8%
(7.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 14.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.5% for American Indian residents, 19.8% for other race residents, 16.5% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 27 years old, American Indian residents: 22 years old, Asian residents: 20 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 23 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 Platte County is $419 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $502 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $732 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Platte County: Drinnin Feedlots (A), Eisenmenger Farms (B), Borg Dairy Farm (C), Sheldon Camp (D), Steepleview Golf Course (E), Sheldonville (F), Hower (G), Behlen (H), Oconee (I), Southgate Campground (J), Loup Park Campground (K), Lake North Campground (L), Tailrace Park Campground (M), Powerhouse Park Campground (N), Country Shadows Golf Course (O), Elks Country Club Golf Course (P), Quail Run Golf Course (Q), Tarnov (R), Behlen Ambulance (S), Greenhouse (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Platte County include: Palestine Church (A), Postville Church (B), Gruetli Church (C), Saint Anthonys Church (D), Okay Church (E), Saint Johns Church (F), Saint Marys Church (G), Saint Pauls Church (H), Salem Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Tracy Valley Cemetery (1), Creston Pioneer Cemetery (2), Greenwood Cemetery (3), Friends Cemetery (4), Fairview Cemetery (5), West Hill Cemetery (6), Burrows Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Bellwood Lake (A), Lake North (B), Lake Babcock (C), Lake Babcock-Lake North (D), Goedeken Reservoir (E), Loseke-Frese Reservoir (F). Display/hide their locations on the map
Rivers and creeks: Schaad Creek (A), Prairie Creek (B), Loup River (C), Lost Creek (D), Loseke Creek (E), Looking Glass Creek (F), Tracy Creek (G), Elm Creek (H), Beaver Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Platte County include: Loup Park (1), George Syas State Wildlife Management Area (2), Lookingglass Creek State Wildlife Management Area (3), Columbus Races Thoroughbred Track (4), Powerhouse Park (5), Tailrace Park (6), West Hill Community Historical Marker (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 435 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $199,414 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $216.60 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 63.65% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $185,419 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 77.01% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 52.93% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $126,256 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.50% Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 18.52 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.75% Corn for grain: 178258 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 731 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 125092 harvested acres Vegetables: 449 harvested acres
Platte County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Nebraska state average. It is 2.7 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 fatalities and 42 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 5/30/1954, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 6 people and injured 23 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
Platte County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Nebraska state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 8/9/1997 at 17:46:03, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 23.7 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 69.1 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) earthquake occurred 60.7 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 77.9 miles away from Platte County center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)
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, Ice Jams, and Flooding, Incident Period: March 6, 2010 to April 3, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1902): April 21, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1902, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Nebraska Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 22, 2009 to January 8, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1878): February 25, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1878, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
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 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 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 and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 9, 2003 to July 14, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1480): July 21, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1480, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
Nebraska Flooding, Severe Storms, Incident Period: June 23, 1993 to August 5, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-998): July 19, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-998, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Nebraska Ice Jams, Flooding, Incident Period: March 7, 1993 to March 21, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-983): April 2, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-983, Natural disaster type: Flood
Nebraska Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornado, Incident Period: June 10, 1990 to July 30, 1990, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-873): July 4, 1990, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-873, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Platte County (15) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 8, Floods: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Floods: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.9 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.6
Births per 1000 population in Platte County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.7 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.8
Deaths per 1000 population in Platte County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.6 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Platte County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,899 (2,695 aged, 204 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.2 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8545.370 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 172.830 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 26740.28
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1564.200 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 710.130 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.6
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 35.79 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 79.97
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 3.2
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 27,137 (6,874 male householders, 1,840 female householders)
7,100 spouses, 9,604 children (8,914 natural, 264 adopted, 426 stepchildren), 332 grandchildren, 222 brothers or sisters, 142 parents, 261 other relatives, 670 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 4,624 (1,947 male householders (1,585 living alone)), 1,997 female householders (1,811 living alone)), 680 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 476 (326 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 4,172 2-persons, 1,663 3-persons, 1,440 4-persons, 890 5-persons, 356 6-persons, 193 7-or-more-persons.
92.2% of residents of Platte County speak English at home.
6.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (44% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 3% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (47% speak English very well, 53% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (38% speak English very well, 52% speak English well, 10% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $127,896,000 ($4093 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $2,546,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $66,433,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $20,859,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $13,361,000 Federal grants: $17,157,000 Federal procurement contracts: $1,793,000 ($37,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $8,293,000 ($1,048,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $523,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $15,757,000 Federal Government insurance: $87,883,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
72 per 1000 residents
75 per 1000 residents
43 per 1000 residents
46 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +347
+11 per 1000 residents
+13 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -1,521
-49 per 1000 residents
-15 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Platte County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 8.24 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: 251
2000 to 2004: 615
1990 to 1999: 1,470
1980 to 1989: 1,267
1970 to 1979: 2,590
1960 to 1969: 1,658
1950 to 1959: 2,108
1940 to 1949: 659
1939 or earlier: 2,701
Rooms in houses/apartments in Platte County, Nebraska
61% of Platte 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, 63% lived in Nebraska.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 25183
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $84,200
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 Platte County