|Morrill County, Nebraska|
Morrill County Courthouse in Bridgeport
Location in the U.S. state of Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Charles Henry Morrill|
|o Total||1,430 sq mi (3,704 km2)|
|o Land||1,424 sq mi (3,688 km2)|
|o Water||6.0 sq mi (16 km2), 0.4%|
|o Density||3.5/sq mi (1.4/km2)|
In the Nebraska license plate system, Morrill County is represented by the prefix 64 (it had the sixty-fourth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).
Two U.S. highways run through Morrill County. U.S. Highway 385 runs generally north-south through the county, passing through Bridgeport and Angora. U.S. Highway 26 runs roughly northwest-southeast, following the North Platte for the most part. Nebraska Highway 92 runs contiguous with U.S. 26 for most of its length through the county, though following the opposite bank of the North Platte between Bridgeport and Broadwater. Nebraska Highway 88 enters the county in its southwest quarter, runs eastward until south of Bridgeport, the turns north and ends at Bridgeport.
Morrill County borders six other Nebraska counties. Scotts Bluff and Banner Counties border it on its west; Cheyenne County lies to the south; Garden County is to the east; and most of the northern border is with Box Butte County, though about a mile of the northern border at the county's northeast corner is with Sheridan County.
Chimney Rock, a rock formation 325 feet (99 m) tall with a 120-foot (37 m) spire, lies about four miles (six kilometers) south of Bayard, in western Morrill County. The rock was a prominent landmark on the Oregon Trail, and has become a symbol of Nebraska, appearing on the state's license plates and on its commemorative quarter.
Morrill County lies within Nebraska's Third Congressional District. As of 2017, it was represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Adrian Smith, a member of the Republican Party. As of 2017, the county was part of the state's 47th legislative district, and was represented in the Nebraska Legislature by Steve Erdman; Erdman is a member of the Republican Party, though the Legislature is officially nonpartisan.
As of late 2016, there were 3314 registered voters in Morrill County. Of these, 2175, or 65.6%, were Republicans; 591, or 17.8%, were Democrats; 522, or 15.8%, registered no political party; and 26, or 0.8%, were Libertarians.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,440 people, 2,138 households, and 1,494 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,460 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.68% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 4.12% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 10.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.5% were of German, 9.2% English, 7.3% Irish and 6.7% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,138 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,235, and the median income for a family was $36,673. Males had a median income of $27,107 versus $19,271 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,725. About 10.00% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.