List of counties in Nebraska

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The following is a list of the 93 counties in the U.S. state of Nebraska, listed by name, FIPS code and license plate prefix.

Nebraska's postal abbreviation is NE and its FIPS state code is 31.

When many counties were formed, the bills establishing them did not state the honoree's full name; thus the namesakes of several counties, including Brown, Deuel, Dixon, and possibly Harlan, are known only by their surnames.

County list[edit]

County
FIPS code
[1]
County seat
[2]
Established
[2]
Origin
Etymology
License plate prefix
[3]
Population
[2]
Area
[2]
Map
Adams County 001 Hastings 1867 Un-Organized John Adams, Founding Father and the second President of the United States 14 31,151 563 sq mi
(1,458 km2)
State map highlighting Adams County
Antelope County 003 Neligh 1871 Un-Organized Pronghorn, often called antelope 26 7,452 857 sq mi
(2,220 km2)
State map highlighting Antelope County
Arthur County 005 Arthur 1887 Un-Organized Chester A. Arthur, twenty-first president of the United States 91 444 715 sq mi
(1,852 km2)
State map highlighting Arthur County
Banner County 007 Harrisburg 1888 Formed from Cheyenne Named for the hope of the early settlers to make the county the "banner county" of the state 85 819 746 sq mi
(1,932 km2)
State map highlighting Banner County
Blaine County 009 Brewster 1885 Unorganized James G. Blaine (1843-1923), Representative, Speaker of the House, Senator from Maine, Secretary of State, and Republican candidate in the 1884 presidential election 86 583 711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
State map highlighting Blaine County
Boone County 011 Albion 1871 Unorganized Daniel Boone, American pioneer and trapper 23 6,259 687 sq mi
(1,779 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Box Butte County 013 Alliance 1887 Formed from Dawes Named for a large box-shaped butte located approximately six miles north of Alliance, Nebraska, the county seat. 65 12,158 1,075 sq mi
(2,784 km2)
State map highlighting Box Butte County
Boyd County 015 Butte 1891 Holt County, and Un-Organized (Indian Territory) James E. Boyd, the eighth governor of Nebraska 63 2,438 540 sq mi
(1,399 km2)
State map highlighting Boyd County
Brown County 017 Ainsworth 1883 Un-Organized The Brown family of early settlers 75 3,525 1,221 sq mi
(3,162 km2)
State map highlighting Brown County
Buffalo County 019 Kearney 1855 Un-Organized Named for the American Bison which once roamed the present county 9 42,259 968 sq mi
(2,507 km2)
State map highlighting Buffalo County
Burt County 021 Tekamah 1854 One of Nine Original Counties Francis Burt, the first territorial governor of Nebraska who died after two days in office. 31 7,791 493 sq mi
(1,277 km2)
State map highlighting Burt County
Butler County 023 David City 1856 Formed from Greene William Orlando Butler, U.S. Congressman from Kentucky and Mexican-American War hero 25 8,767 584 sq mi
(1,513 km2)
State map highlighting Butler County
Cass County 025 Plattsmouth 1854 One of Nine Original Counties Lewis Cass, the territorial administrator and U.S. Senator from Michigan 20 24,334 559 sq mi
(1,448 km2)
State map highlighting Cass County
Cedar County 027 Hartington 1857 Formed from Dixon and Pierce Counties Named for the eastern red cedars present in the county[4] 13 9,615 740 sq mi
(1,917 km2)
State map highlighting Cedar County
Chase County 029 Imperial 1873 Un-Organized Champion S. Chase, a mayor of Omaha, Nebraska who served as Nebraska's first attorney general 72 4,068 894 sq mi
(2,315 km2)
State map highlighting Chase County
Cherry County 031 Valentine 1883 Un-Organized Samuel A. Cherry, army lieutenant killed in the Indian Wars 66 6,148 5,961 sq mi
(15,439 km2)
State map highlighting Cherry County
Cheyenne County 033 Sidney 1867 Un-Organized Named for the Cheyenne Native American tribe 39 9,830 1,196 sq mi
(3,098 km2)
State map highlighting Cheyenne County
Clay County 035 Clay Center 1855 Formed from Un-Organized Henry Clay, the Senator from Kentucky, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate 30 7,039 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Colfax County 037 Schuyler 1869 Formed from Platte County Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Vice President of the United States 43 10,441 413 sq mi
(1,070 km2)
State map highlighting Colfax County
Cuming County 039 West Point 1855 Formed from Burt County Thomas B. Cuming, first Secretary of Nebraska Territory 24 10,203 572 sq mi
(1,481 km2)
State map highlighting Cuming County
Custer County 041 Broken Bow 1877 Un-Organized George Armstrong Custer, general in the Civil War and Indian Wars 4 11,793 2,576 sq mi
(6,672 km2)
State map highlighting Custer County
Dakota County 043 Dakota City 1855 Formed from Burt County Named for the Dakota branch of the Sioux Native American tribe 70 20,253 264 sq mi
(684 km2)
State map highlighting Dakota County
Dawes County 045 Chadron 1885 Formed from Sioux County James W. Dawes, the sixth governor of Nebraska 69 9,060 1,396 sq mi
(3,616 km2)
State map highlighting Dawes County
Dawson County 047 Lexington 1860 Un-Organized Jacob Dawson, the first postmaster in present-day Lincoln, Nebraska, the state capital 18 24,365 1,013 sq mi
(2,624 km2)
State map highlighting Dawson County
Deuel County 049 Chappell 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County The Deuel family of early settlers 78 2,098 440 sq mi
(1,140 km2)
State map highlighting Deuel County
Dixon County 051 Ponca 1856 Formed from Blackbird County, Izard County and Un-Organized The Dixon family of early settlers 35 6,339 476 sq mi
(1,233 km2)
State map highlighting Dixon County
Dodge County 053 Fremont 1854 One of Nine Original Counties Augustus Caesar Dodge, a United States senator from Iowa who was a supporter of the Kansas-Nebraska Act 5 36,160 534 sq mi
(1,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dodge County
Douglas County 055 Omaha 1854 One of Nine Original Counties Stephen Arnold Douglas, the American statesman, U. S. senator, and presidential candidate 1 463,585 331 sq mi
(857 km2)
State map highlighting Douglas County
Dundy County 057 Benkelman 1873 Un-Organized Elmer Scipio Dundy, a U.S. Circuit Court judge from Nebraska 76 2,292 920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dundy County
Fillmore County 059 Geneva 1856 Formed from Jackson County and Un-Organized Millard Fillmore, the thirteenth president of the United States 34 6,634 576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Fillmore County
Franklin County 061 Franklin 1867 Formed from Kearney Benjamin Franklin, the Founding Father, printer, scientist, and diplomat 50 3,574 576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Frontier County 063 Stockville 1872 Un-organized Named for the fact that it was located in what was referred to at that time as part of the Nebraska frontier 60 3,099 975 sq mi
(2,525 km2)
State map highlighting Frontier County
Furnas County 065 Beaver City 1873 Un-Organized Robert Wilkinson Furnas, the third governor of Nebraska 38 5,324 718 sq mi
(1,860 km2)
State map highlighting Furnas County
Gage County 067 Beatrice 1855 Un-Organized William D. Gage, a Methodist minister who served as chaplain of the state legislature at the time the county was established 3 22,993 855 sq mi
(2,214 km2)
State map highlighting Gage County
Garden County 069 Oshkosh 1910 Formed from Deuel County Named for the hopes of two real estate agents and citizens of the county seat, Oshkosh, Nebraska, that the county would be the "garden spot of the west" 77 2,292 1,705 sq mi
(4,416 km2)
State map highlighting Garden County
Garfield County 071 Burwell 1884 Formed from Wheeler County James Abram Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States 83 1,902 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Garfield County
Gosper County 073 Elwood 1873 Un-Organized John J. Gosper, the secretary of state for Nebraska at the time of the county's formation 73 2,143 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Gosper County
Grant County 075 Hyannis 1887 Un-Organized Ulysses Simpson Grant, the eighteenth president of the United States and American Civil War general 92 747 776 sq mi
(2,010 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Greeley County 077 Greeley 1871 Un-Organized Horace Greeley, the pioneering American journalist 62 2,714 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Greeley County
Hall County 079 Grand Island 1858 Un-Organized Augustus Hall, the chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court at the time the county was created 8 53,534 546 sq mi
(1,414 km2)
State map highlighting Hall County
Hamilton County 081 Aurora 1867 Un-Organized Alexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury 28 9,403 544 sq mi
(1,409 km2)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Harlan County 083 Alma 1871 Formed from Kearney Disputed; either James Harlan, Secretary of the Interior 1865-1866; or a revenue collector named Harlan who lived near Republican City 51 3,786 553 sq mi
(1,432 km2)
State map highlighting Harlan County
Hayes County 085 Hayes Center 1877 Un-Organized Rutherford Birchard Hayes, the nineteenth president of the United States 79 1,068 713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Hayes County
Hitchcock County 087 Trenton 1873 Un-Organized Phineas Warren Hitchcock, a U.S. Senator from Nebraska 67 3,111 710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
State map highlighting Hitchcock County
Holt County 089 O'Neill 1860 Un-Organized (Formerly- West County) Joseph Holt, a U.S. Postmaster General and U.S. Secretary of War under James Buchanan 36 11,551 2,413 sq mi
(6,250 km2)
State map highlighting Holt County
Hooker County 091 Mullen 1889 Un-Organized Joseph Hooker, an American Civil War general 93 783 721 sq mi
(1,867 km2)
State map highlighting Hooker County
Howard County 093 Saint Paul 1871 Formed from Hall County Oliver Otis Howard, an American Civil War general 49 6,567 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Jefferson County 095 Fairbury 1856 Un-organized Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States 33 8,333 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 097 Tecumseh 1857 Formed from Nemaha and Otoe Counties Richard Mentor Johnson, the ninth vice president of the United States 57 4,488 376 sq mi
(974 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Kearney County 099 Minden 1860 Un-Organized Named for Fort Kearny - when the county was created the fort's name was misspelled 52 6,882 516 sq mi
(1,336 km2)
State map highlighting Kearney County
Keith County 101 Ogallala 1873 Un-Organized M. C. Keith, who owned one of the largest ranches in western Nebraska at the time 68 8,875 1,061 sq mi
(2,748 km2)
State map highlighting Keith County
Keya Paha County 103 Springview 1884 Formed from Brown County and Un-Organized (Indian Territory) Dakota words Ké-ya Pa-há Wa-kpá, which, translated, mean turtle hill river 82 983 773 sq mi
(2,002 km2)
State map highlighting Keya Paha County
Kimball County 105 Kimball 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Thomas L. Kimball, an official of the Union Pacific Railroad 71 4,089 952 sq mi
(2,466 km2)
State map highlighting Kimball County
Knox County 107 Center 1857 Formed from Pierce County and Un-Organized (Former names-L'Eau Qui Court (1857-1867) and Emmet (1867-1873)) Henry Knox, the first United States Secretary of War 12 9,374 1,108 sq mi
(2,870 km2)
State map highlighting Knox County
Lancaster County 109 Lincoln 1855 Formed from Cass, and Pierce Counties The cities of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Lancaster, England. 2 250,291 839 sq mi
(2,173 km2)
State map highlighting Lancaster County
Lincoln County 111 North Platte 1860 Un-Organized (Formerly Shorter County) Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States 15 34,632 2,564 sq mi
(6,641 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Logan County 113 Stapleton 1885 Un-Organized John Alexander Logan, a general in the American Civil War 87 774 571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Loup County 115 Taylor 1883 Un-Organized Loup River which in turn is named for the French word loup which means wolf 88 712 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Loup County
Madison County 119 Madison 1856 Formed from Loup County and McNeale Counties and Un-Organized Either James Madison, the fourth president of the United States; or, more likely, Madison, Wisconsin, where most of the new county's settlers were from 7 35,226 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
McPherson County 117 Tryon 1887 Un-Organized James Birdseye McPherson, a general in the American Civil War 90 533 859 sq mi
(2,225 km2)
State map highlighting McPherson County
Merrick County 121 Central City 1858 Formed from Polk County and Un-Organized Elvira Merrick, wife of Henry W. DePuy, a territorial legislator 46 8,204 485 sq mi
(1,256 km2)
State map highlighting Merrick County
Morrill County 123 Bridgeport 1908 Formed from Cheyenne County Charles Henry Morrill, a president of the Lincoln Land Company 64 5,440 1,424 sq mi
(3,688 km2)
State map highlighting Morrill County
Nance County 125 Fullerton 1879 Formed from Pawnee Reservation Albinus Nance, the fourth governor of Nebraska 58 4,038 441 sq mi
(1,142 km2)
State map highlighting Nance County
Nemaha County 127 Auburn 1854 One of Nine original counties (Formerly Forney) Nimaha, the Oto name meaning miry water for a stream which crossed the county and emptied into the Missouri River 44 7,576 409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
State map highlighting Nemaha County
Nuckolls County 129 Nelson 1860 Un-Organized Lafayette Nuckolls, a member of the first Nebraska territorial legislature; and his brother, Stephen Nuckolls, a pioneering Nebraska settler, businessman and banker 42 5,057 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Nuckolls County
Otoe County 131 Nebraska City 1854 One of nine Original Counties (Formerly Pierce) Oto (also Otoe) Native American tribe 11 15,396 616 sq mi
(1,595 km2)
State map highlighting Otoe County
Pawnee County 133 Pawnee City 1855 Formed from Richardson County Pawnee Native American tribe 54 3,087 432 sq mi
(1,119 km2)
State map highlighting Pawnee County
Perkins County 135 Grant 1887 Formed from Kieth County Charles E. Perkins, a president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 74 3,200 883 sq mi
(2,287 km2)
State map highlighting Perkins County
Phelps County 137 Holdrege 1873 Formed from Kearney County William Phelps, a riverboat captain on the Mississippi River who is alleged to have settled in the area 37 9,747 540 sq mi
(1,399 km2)
State map highlighting Phelps County
Pierce County 139 Pierce 1856 Formed from Izard County, McNeale County and Un-Organized Franklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the United States 40 7,857 574 sq mi
(1,487 km2)
State map highlighting Pierce County
Platte County 141 Columbus 1856 Formed from Greene and Loup Counties Platte River which is in turn named for the French word for flat 10 31,662 678 sq mi
(1,756 km2)
State map highlighting Platte County
Polk County 143 Osceola 1856 Formed from York County and Un-Organized James Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United States 41 5,639 439 sq mi
(1,137 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Red Willow County 145 McCook 1873 Un-Organized Red Willow Creek, which runs through the area 48 11,448 717 sq mi
(1,857 km2)
State map highlighting Red Willow County
Richardson County 147 Falls City 1854 One of Nine Original Counties William A. Richardson, a governor of the Nebraska Territory 19 9,531 554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Richardson County
Rock County 149 Bassett 1885 Formed from Brown County Either Rock Creek, which flows in the county; or the rocky condition of the soil in the area 81 1,756 1,008 sq mi
(2,611 km2)
State map highlighting Rock County
Saline County 151 Wilber 1867 Un-organized Named for a belief held by the early pioneers that great salt springs and deposits could be found in the area, a hope found to be false 22 13,843 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Saline County
Sarpy County 153 Papillion 1857 Formed from Cass and Douglas Counties Peter A. Sarpy, a commander of a trading post in the future county 59 122,595 241 sq mi
(624 km2)
State map highlighting Sarpy County
Saunders County 155 Wahoo 1856 Formed from Douglas and Lancaster (Formerly Calhoun County (1856-1865)) Alvin Saunders, a governor of the Nebraska Territory 6 19,830 754 sq mi
(1,953 km2)
State map highlighting Saunders County
Scotts Bluff County 157 Gering 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Named for a towering bluff located in the Scotts Bluff National Monument; the bluffs themselves are named for Hiram Scott, a fur trapper who is alleged to have crawled 75 miles with a broken leg before collapsing and dying at the foot of the formation 21 36,951 739 sq mi
(1,914 km2)
State map highlighting Scotts Bluff County
Seward County 159 Seward 1855 Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties (Formerly- Greene County) William Henry Seward, the United States Secretary of State during the 1860s 16 16,496 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Seward County
Sheridan County 161 Rushville 1885 Formed from Sioux County Philip Henry Sheridan, a general in the American Civil War 61 6,198 2,441 sq mi
(6,322 km2)
State map highlighting Sheridan County
Sherman County 163 Loup City 1871 Formed from Buffalo County and Un-Organized William Tecumseh Sherman, the American Civil War general 56 3,318 566 sq mi
(1,466 km2)
State map highlighting Sherman County
Sioux County 165 Harrison 1877 Un-Organized Sioux Native American tribe 80 1,475 2,067 sq mi
(5,354 km2)
State map highlighting Sioux County
Stanton County 167 Stanton 1855 Formed from Burt County (Formerly Izard County) Edwin M. Stanton, the United States Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War 53 6,455 430 sq mi
(1,114 km2)
State map highlighting Stanton County
Thayer County 169 Hebron 1871 Formed from Jefferson County John Milton Thayer, the seventh governor of Nebraska 32 6,055 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Thayer County
Thomas County 171 Thedford 1887 Un-Organized George Henry Thomas, a general in the American Civil War 89 729 713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Thomas County
Thurston County 173 Pender 1889 Formed form Blackbird County and Omaha Reservation John Mellen Thurston, a U. S. senator from Nebraska 55 7,171 394 sq mi
(1,020 km2)
State map highlighting Thurston County
Valley County 175 Ord 1871 Un-Organized Named for the many valleys in the area 47 4,647 568 sq mi
(1,471 km2)
State map highlighting Valley County
Washington County 177 Blair 1854 One of Nine Original Counties George Washington, the first president of the United States 29 18,780 390 sq mi
(1,010 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 179 Wayne 1867 Un-Organized Anthony Wayne, the American Revolutionary War general nicknamed "Mad Anthony" by his troops 27 9,851 444 sq mi
(1,150 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County 181 Red Cloud 1867 Un-organized Daniel Webster, the statesman and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts 45 4,061 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Wheeler County 183 Bartlett 1877 Un-Organized Daniel H. Wheeler, a secretary of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture 84 886 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Wheeler County
York County 185 York 1855 Formed from Cass County, Pierce County and Un-Organized Named for either York, England, or York County, Pennsylvania 17 14,598 576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting York County

Former counties of Nebraska:

  • Clay (1855–64) Formed from Un-organized and dissolved into Gage and Lancaster County.
  • Jackson (1855-6) Formed from Un-Organized and dissolved to the Fillmore County and Un-Organized.
  • Johnson (1855-6) Formed from Un-Organized and dissolved to Un-organized
  • Blackbird (1855–88) Formed from Burt County and dissolved to Thurston County
  • Loup (1855-6) Formed from Burt and Un-Organized and then dissolved Madison, Monroe and Platte Counties
  • Jones (1856–66) Formed from Un-Organized and dissolved into Jefferson County.
  • Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Lynn, Monroe and Taylor counties listed in 1870 - see map
  • West (1860-62) Formed from Un-Organized and dissolved into Holt County

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA.gov. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ The license plate prefix sequence is derived from the number of vehicles registered in each county in 1922.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). "Nebraska Place-Names". University of Nebraska Department of English. Retrieved 2010-09-02.