Monday, May 6, 2019

Population loss in rural Nebraska: Webster County

Source:  Wikipedia (Webster County, Red Cloud)

Red Cloud is the county seat of Webster County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 22.8% - Webster County
  • 30.6% - Nebraska
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 23.0% - Webster County
  • 15.4% - Nebraska
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Webster County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1964. (LBJ beat Goldwater by 16.4 percentage points in 1964.  George Wallace received 7.5% of the vote in 1968.)

Related reading:
A Farm Town in Nebraska Is Lamenting the Loss of Its Only Grocery Store.  (The New York Times, 5/20/2001)
With no store in town, many people in Blue Hill shop in Hastings, a bustling city 20 miles away, which rises like an oasis of Wal-Marts and glittering fast-food restaurants. Others buy groceries in Red Cloud, the county seat, which is home to two supermarkets. 
The elderly, many of whom do not drive, are the hardest hit by the absence of Price's. As a result, Webster County Senior Services has started offering a shopping shuttle for 25 cents to Red Cloud. In some instances, neighbors have volunteered to help others get their groceries. Mostly, people are making do.

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