Merrick County

Merrick County, Nebraska

PO Box 27
Central City, NE 68826
Phone: (308) 946-2881
Fax: (308) 946-2332

In east-central NE, northeast of Grand Island; original county; organized Nov 4, 1858 (prior to statehood). Name Origin: For Elvira Merrick De Puy, wife of Rep. Henry W. De Puy, who introduced the bill for the county's establishment

Area (sq mi):: 494.72 (land 484.88; water 9.85) Population per square mile: 16.60
Population 2005: 8,066 State rank: 38 Population change: 2000-20005 -1.70%; 1990-2000 2.00% Population 2000: 8,204 (White 97.20%; Black or African American 0.20%; Hispanic or Latino 2.00%; Asian 0.20%; Other 1.30%). Foreign born: 1.00%. Median age: 39.20
Income 2000: per capita $15,958; median household $34,961; Population below poverty level: 8.90% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $22,739-$26,110
Unemployment (2004): 4.00% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.50% Median travel time to work: 20.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 45.10%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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UNION PACIFIC Railroad stated that it is investing over $29 million in the rail line that runs between Grand Island and Havens, northeast of Grand Island in Merrick County.