Dodge County, Nebraska

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Dodge County, Nebraska
Dodge County, Nebraska courthouse from NE 1.JPG
Dodge County Courthouse in Fremont
Map of Nebraska highlighting Dodge County
Location in the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1855
Named for Augustus C. Dodge
Seat Fremont
Largest city Fremont
 • Total 543 sq mi (1,406 km2)
 • Land 529 sq mi (1,370 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 2.6%
 • (2010) 36,691
 • Density 53/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Dodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,691.[1] Its county seat is Fremont.[2] The county was formed in 1855 and named after the US Senator Augustus Caesar Dodge.[3]

Dodge County comprises the Fremont, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, NE-IA Combined Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Dodge County is represented by the prefix 5 (it had the fifth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 543 square miles (1,410 km2), of which 529 square miles (1,370 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.6%) is water.[5]

Law enforcement[edit]

Dodge County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation DCSO
Patch of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office
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Logo of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office
Badge of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Dodge County in the state of Nebraska, United States
Legal jurisdiction Dodge County, Nebraska
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 428 N. Broad, Fremont, NE 68025
Agency executive Steven D. Hespen, Sheriff
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) is the primary law enforcement agency for Dodge County, Nebraska. The Sheriff's Office is located at 428 N. Broad St in Fremont, Nebraska which is the county seat.

Currently DCSO serves the county and its incorporated cities within the county. The only village that relies solely on DCSO for police services is North Bend, Nebraska which is known as a contract city. All other cities within the county have some type of police department or city marshal.

With 16 Deputies and 4 Sergeants, they also have a K9 unit but share another K9 unit with the Fremont city police department,and a SWAT unit is also used with the Fremont Police department, DCSO currently serves a population of 36,691 people and a total area of 544 square miles (1,410 km2).

Dodge County's current Sheriff is Steven Hespen who assumed his office in 2014.

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Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 309
1870 4,212 1,263.1%
1880 11,263 167.4%
1890 19,260 71.0%
1900 22,298 15.8%
1910 22,145 −0.7%
1920 23,197 4.8%
1930 25,273 8.9%
1940 23,799 −5.8%
1950 26,265 10.4%
1960 32,471 23.6%
1970 34,782 7.1%
1980 35,847 3.1%
1990 34,500 −3.8%
2000 36,160 4.8%
2010 36,691 1.5%
Est. 2015 36,706 [6] 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 36,160 people, 14,433 households, and 9,756 families residing in the county. The population density was 68 people per square mile (26/km²). There were 15,468 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.90% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.06% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 3.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 48.1% were of German, 7.6% Irish, 5.7% English and 5.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 14,433 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.80% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,188, and the median income for a family was $44,790. Males had a median income of $31,108 versus $20,915 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,757. About 5.30% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.30% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Dodge County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "History Of Nebraska Passenger Vehicle License Plates". Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 41°35′N 96°39′W / 41.58°N 96.65°W / 41.58; -96.65