Merrick County is located in east-central Nebraska. The County Seat is Central City and the largest city is Central City. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.merrickcounty.ne.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 7,766 and the 2010 census population was 7,855. The land area is 484.88 square miles and there are 16.2 persons per square mile.
96.7% of the population is White, 0.4% is Black or African American, 4.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.1% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.1% is two or more races. 90.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 17% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $85,300, there are 3,316 households, an average of 2.29 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,639, the median household income is $50,859, and 12.6% of the persons in Merrick County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 855. Retail sales (in $1000) were $45,568, and sales per capita were $6,009. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 33.3%.
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