Thursday, May 2, 2019

Population loss in rural Nebraska: Cherry County

Source:  Wikipedia (Cherry County, Valentine)

Valentine is the county seat of Cherry County.

Population loss by degrees:  70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 20.1% - Cherry County
  • 30.6% - Nebraska
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 21.7% - Cherry County
  • 15.4% - Nebraska
  • 15.6% - U.S. 

The last time Cherry County voted Democratic was 1936.  (Barry Goldwater won by 22.2 percentage points in 1964, and George Wallace received 7.4% of the vote in 1968.) 

Related reading:
Cherry County proposal pits neighbor against neighbor.  (Norfolk Daily News, 12/19/2016)
The controversy was to come to a head today, when the Cherry County Board votes on whether to permit the wind project, which supporters say comes with a bushel of benefits: nearly $400,000 a year in additional property taxes, yearly lease payments to ranchers of $7,000 to $10,000 per wind tower, and three or four new, well-paying jobs. 
Monday’s vote came at a time when there’s growing opposition to wind development across Nebraska, as more rural residents said they don’t want tall turbines spoiling their views, generating noise and threatening birds.

Related posts (down and up from northwest to southeast)
Sioux County/Harrison.  (4/29/2019)
Banner County/Harrisburg.  (4/29/2019)
Kimball County/Kimball.  (4/29/2019)
Morrill County/Bridgeport.  (4/30/2019)
Sheridan County/Rushville.  (4/30/2019)
Garden County/Oshkosh.  (4/30/2019)
Deuel County/Chappell.  (4/30/2019)
Dundy County/Benkelman.  (5/1/2019)
Perkins County/Grant.  (5/1/2019)
Arthur County/Arthur.  (5/1/2019)
Grant County/Hyannis. (5/1/2019)

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