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Webster County, Nebraska (NE)


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County population in 2012: 3,725 (all rural); it was 4,061 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 566
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 699
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,337
Renter-occupied apartments: 339 (it was 371 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

33%

Land area: 575 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 7 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Webster County: 74.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.8%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (21.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 16%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Webster County, Nebraska:


Median resident age:  47.0 years
Nebraska median age:  36.0 years

Males: 1,821  (51.3%)
Females: 1,991  (48.7%)

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Webster County,NE real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Webster County:

2.0 people
Nebraska:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $36,227 ($30,026 in 1999)
This county:

$36227
Nebraska:

$47357

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $281 (lower quartile is $213, upper quartile is $354)
This county:

$281
State:

$518


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $57,993 (it was $44,800 in 2000)
Webster County:

$57,993
Nebraska:

$123,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $28,480 - $93,238

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $123,407
Here:

$123,407
State:

$147,392

Townhouses or other attached units: $229,710
Here:

$229,710
State:

$145,274

Mobile homes: $32,341
Here:

$32,341
State:

$29,187
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,036
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $278

Institutionalized population: 114

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):


Webster 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: $1,103 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $720 (1.5%)


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


Webster County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 15.7%
(14.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 72.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 15.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 47 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 61 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 16 years old, Other race residents: 18 years old)

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

11.2%
Whole state:

9.7%

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

3.2%
Whole state:

4.0%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Webster County is $412 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $542 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $693 a month.

Cities in this county include: Red Cloud, Blue Hill, Bladen, Guide Rock, Inavale, Cowles.

Webster County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: www.co.webster.ne.us

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Webster County: Webster County Fair Grounds (A), Red Cloud Golf Club (B), Bells Sleepy Valley Campground (C), Indian Oven Ruins (D), Lawrence Country Club (E), Rosemont (F), Starke Round Barn (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Webster County include: Dane Church (A), United Methodist Church (B), New Hope Church (C), New Virginia Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Catherton Cemetery (1), Eckley Cemetery (2), Walker Cemetery (3), Cloverton Cemetery (4), Columbia Cemetery (5), Batin Cemetery (6), Beaver Creek Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Sibert Reservoir (A), Vance Reservoir (B), Twin Oaks Reservoir (C), Talkington Reservoir (D), Siebrass Reservoir (E), Seeman Reservoir (F), Ray Reservoir (G), Ohmstede Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Minnie Creek (A), School Creek (B), Sand Creek (C), Rankin Creek (D), Lost Creek (E), Oak Creek (F), Cedar Creek (G), Louisa Creek (H), Elm Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Webster County include: Republican Valley Wayside Park (1), Benjamin Wagoner Memorial Cemetery Historical Marker (2), Willa Cather Memorial Prairie Historical Marker (3), Emmanuel Lutheran Church Historical Marker (4), Catherland Historical Marker (5), Indian Creek State Wildlife Management Area (6), Elm Creek State Wildlife Management Area (7), Liberty Cove Recreation Area (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Adams County , Clay County , Franklin County , Jewell County, Kansas , Kearney County , Nuckolls County , Smith County, Kansas .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 82
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 54 (54% naturalized citizens)

Webster County:

1.3%
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: 66.0%

Webster County marital status for males
Webster County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Webster County with a mortgage: 389 (24 second mortgage, 18 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 586

Here:

39.9% with mortgage
State:

64.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 67.22%
Here67.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,730
Total congregations: 16

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents881 (32.3%)680 (24.9%)375 (13.7%)368 (13.5%)426 (15.6%)
Congregations5 (31.3%)3 (18.8%)2 (12.5%)1 (6.3%)5 (31.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Webster County - Red Cloud, Blue Hill, Bladen, Guide Rock, Inavale

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

16.65 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Webster County:

8.33 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.5%
Nebraska:

7.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.6%
Nebraska:

28.0%



Agriculture in Webster County:

Average size of farms: 709 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $187,641
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $172.62
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 72.96%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $183,197
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 41.46%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 36.54%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $83,729
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.86%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 18.10
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.69%
Corn for grain: 41743 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 25145 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 26993 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Webster County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Nebraska state average. It is 3.8 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 8 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/13/1990, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado injured 8 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Webster County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Nebraska state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/30/1991 at 22:07:44, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 83.8 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 92.3 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) earthquake occurred 92.6 miles away from the county center
On 11/1/2002 at 11:08:56, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 80.3 miles away from Webster County center
On 4/17/2003 at 17:31:59, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 83.4 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 95.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


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

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (32%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Utilities (3%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (3%)
  • Machinery (3%)
  • Health care (26%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (25%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)

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




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





Webster County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,314 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 190 (11%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 106 (6%)
  • Other means: 3 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 169 (9%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,983.

5.16% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,847 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.16%
Nebraska average:

7.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.37% relocated from other counties in Nebraska ($20,681 average AGI)
1.79% relocated from other states ($8,167 average AGI)
Webster County:

1.79%
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 Adams County, NE  1.07% ($23,867 average AGI)


6.56% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,108 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.56%
Nebraska average:

7.41%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.73% relocated to other counties in Nebraska ($22,882 average AGI)
1.83% relocated to other states ($7,226 average AGI)
Webster County:

1.83%
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 Adams County, NE  1.91% ($26,444 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.9

Births per 1000 population in Webster County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Webster County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 1.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Webster County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,069 (964 aged, 105 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 25.8
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7585.140
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 412.8
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 12925.7

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 584.8
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1834.130

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 24.88
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 53.16

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,656

Size of family households: 573 2-persons, 184 3-persons, 154 4-persons, 71 5-persons, 35 6-persons, 20 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 519 1-person, 44 2-persons, 2 3-persons, 2 4-persons.

97.1% of residents of Webster County speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (75% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 30% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $35,670,000 ($9203 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $293,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $12,928,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $6,136,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,033,000
Federal grants: $6,821,000
Federal procurement contracts: $298,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,454,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $245,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $588,000
Federal Government insurance: $25,831,000

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

Births: 176
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 308
Here:

82 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -166
Here -44 per 1000 residents
State -15 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Webster County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.67 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.1
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Webster County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 2
  • 3 rooms: 11
  • 4 rooms: 114
  • 5 rooms: 296
  • 6 rooms: 263
  • 7 rooms: 243
  • 8 rooms: 199
  • 9+ rooms: 209
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 18
  • 3 rooms: 62
  • 4 rooms: 63
  • 5 rooms: 75
  • 6 rooms: 45
  • 7 rooms: 60
  • 8 rooms: 24
  • 9+ rooms: 24
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Webster County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 26
  • 2 bedrooms: 377
  • 3 bedrooms: 538
  • 4 bedrooms: 302
  • 5+ bedrooms: 94
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 79
  • 2 bedrooms: 124
  • 3 bedrooms: 100
  • 4 bedrooms: 44
  • 5+ bedrooms: 22
Cars and other vehicles available in Webster County, Nebraska in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 37
  • 1 vehicle: 312
  • 2 vehicles: 513
  • 3 vehicles: 325
  • 4 vehicles: 105
  • 5+ vehicles: 45
  • no vehicle: 39
  • 1 vehicle: 151
  • 2 vehicles: 107
  • 3 vehicles: 53
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 7

66% of Webster County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in Nebraska.

Webster County:

66.4%
State average:

55.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $18,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Webster County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (67.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.9%)
  • Electricity (8.8%)
  • Wood (3.1%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (58.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.0%)
  • Electricity (15.4%)
  • Wood (3.0%)
  • Other fuel (2.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 45
Here:

9.5%
Nebraska:

14.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2
Here:

0.8%
Nebraska:

10.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7
Here:

10.0%
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

Webster County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Webster County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Webster County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Webster County, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5179.6 years
Mary4283.3 years
William4280.0 years
Robert3474.5 years
George3478.8 years
James2775.6 years
Helen2783.6 years
Anna2785.4 years
Henry2682.1 years
Harold2576.2 years
Most common last names in Webster County, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3182.0 years
Anderson2080.7 years
Meyer1980.9 years
Rose1980.8 years
Smith1778.1 years
Kort1582.9 years
Simpson1579.9 years
Hansen1484.6 years
Henderson1478.8 years
Giger1473.5 years

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