Thurston County is located in northeast Nebraska. The County Seat is Pender and the largest city is Pender. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.thurstoncountynebraska.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 6,969 and the 2010 census population was 6,940. The land area is 393.58 square miles and there are 17.6 persons per square mile.
40.7% of the population is White, 0.5% is Black or African American, 4.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.5% is Asian, 55.9% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% is two or more races. 86.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 15.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $68,500, there are 2,050 households, an average of 3.33 persons per household. The per capita income is $17,106, the median household income is $41,400, and 26.9% of the persons in Thurston County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 302. Retail sales (in $1000) were $54,072, and sales per capita were $7,443.
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