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.
"Some of the neighbors, they just said, 'There's no way to fight an oil company--we just have to sign off,'" says Merrick County farmer Randy Thompson.
As early as 1961, 11 years before NRDs were created, the University of Nebraska Extension Service documented cases of groundwater nitrate above 10 ppm in Merrick County in the eastern part of the Central Platte area.
The results of the study, published in 1974, indicated that the groundwater nitrate problem was not unique to Merrick County. About half the district had nitrate levels at less than 2.5 ppm but the other half had significant amounts of nitrate in the groundwater.
The NRD and the Cooperative Extension Service in 1974 started a project in Merrick County to study methods of extracting nitrate from groundwater through irrigated corn production.