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America's Loneliest Counties

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Hayes County, Nebraska
Seat: Hayes Center

The population of Hayes County, Nebraska increased by 9 in 2013 bringing the total to 976 people living in 509 homes and apartments spread across 713 square miles. The new estimate moves Hayes County to number 34 in our list of least populated counties in the US.


People who live in Hayes County have an annual income of $22625 which is $3898 less than the statewide average for Nebraska. The average per capita income nationwide is $28051. Hayes County ranks number 89 for highest income in sparsely populated counties.


Homes are cheap here with the median value of a home being $65000 compared to $181400 nationwide. 67.8% of housing units in Hayes County are occupied by their owners.


The US Census Bureau reports 6% of the county's residents are foreign immigrants who have settled in one of the most remote places in America.

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