Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Population loss in rural Nebraska: Sheridan County

Source:  Wikipedia (Sheridan County, Rushville)

Rushville is the county seat of Sheridan County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 25,8% - Sheridan County
  • 30.6% - Nebraska
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:

  • 25.6% - Sheridan County
  • 15.4% - Nebraska
  • 15.6% - U.S.

  • The last time Sheridan County voted Democratic was 1936.  (Barry Goldwater won by 35.7 percentage points in 1964, and George Wallace received 8.2% of the vote in 1968.) 

    Related reading:
    The great abandonment.  (The New Republic, 12/15/2016)
    It wasn’t always so. The Homestead Act of 1862 brought more than a million people to the state—among them my ancestors, who farmed along the Platte River and opened general stores in Aurora, Murphy, and Giltner. But the act, which deeded 160 acres to anyone who would build a home and raise a crop, was no match for the drought of the 1890s and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. People fled in droves.

    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)

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