Lancaster County, Nebraska

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Lancaster County, Nebraska
Lancaster County, Nebraska courthouse from SE.JPG
Lancaster County Courthouse in Lincoln
Flag of Lancaster County, Nebraska
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Seal of Lancaster County, Nebraska
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Map of Nebraska highlighting Lancaster County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
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Founded1859
SeatLincoln
Largest cityLincoln
Area
 • Total846 sq mi (2,191 km2)
 • Land838 sq mi (2,170 km2)
 • Water8.8 sq mi (23 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)314,358
 • Density375/sq mi (145/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitelancaster.ne.gov

Lancaster County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 285,407,[1] making it the second-most populous county in Nebraska. Its county seat is Lincoln,[2] the state capital. The county was created in 1859.

Lancaster County is part of the Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Lancaster County was represented by the prefix 2 (it had the second-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922). In 2002, the state discontinued the 1922 system in Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Geography[edit]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 846 square miles (2,190 km2), of which 838 square miles (2,170 km2) is land and 8.8 square miles (23 km2) (1.0%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Climate[edit]

In 2004,[4] Lancaster County was named a StormReady county by the National Weather Service.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860153
18707,0744,523.5%
188028,090297.1%
189076,395172.0%
190064,835−15.1%
191073,79313.8%
192085,90216.4%
1930100,32416.8%
1940100,5850.3%
1950119,74219.0%
1960155,27229.7%
1970167,9728.2%
1980192,88414.8%
1990213,64110.8%
2000250,29117.2%
2010285,40714.0%
Est. 2017314,358[15]10.1%
US Decennial Census[16]
1790–1960[17] 1900–1990[18]
1990–2000[19] 2010–2013[1]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[20] there were 250,291 people, 99,187 households, and 60,702 families in the county. The population density was 298 people per square mile (115/km²). There were 104,217 housing units at an average density of 124 per square mile (48/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.07% White, 2.82% Black or African American, 0.64% Native American, 2.86% Asian American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.1% were of German, 7.9% English and 7.8% Irish ancestry.

There were 99,187 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.80% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

The county population contained 23.50% under the age of 18, 15.40% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 20.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,850, and the median income for a family was $53,676. Males had a median income of $34,720 versus $25,614 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,265. About 5.50% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Census divisions[edit]

Lancaster County is divided into the following census divisions, called precincts, except for the City of Lincoln.

  • Buda
  • Centerville
  • Denton
  • Elk
  • Grant
  • Highland
  • Lancaster
  • City of Lincoln
  • Lincoln
  • Little Salt
  • Middle Creek
  • Mill
  • Nemaha
  • North Bluff
  • Oak
  • Olive Branch
  • Panama
  • Rock Creek
  • Saltillo
  • South Pass
  • Stevens Creek
  • Stockton
  • Waverly
  • West Oak
  • Yankee Hill

Politics[edit]

Lancaster County voters tend to vote Republican. In the last 30 national elections, Lancaster County selected the Republican Party candidate 78% of the time. However, the county is one of the most liberal in Nebraska with it being home to the flagship state university, giving a majority to Barack Obama in 2008 & a plurality to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Presidential election results
Presidential election Results[21]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 45.2% 61,588 45.4% 61,898 9.4% 12,737
2012 49.0% 62,434 48.7% 62,015 2.3% 2,906
2008 46.6% 59,398 51.6% 65,734 1.9% 2,358
2004 56.0% 69,764 42.4% 52,747 1.6% 1,998
2000 51.8% 55,514 41.7% 44,650 6.5% 6,968
1996 45.9% 44,812 44.4% 43,339 9.8% 9,557
1992 39.5% 41,590 39.3% 41,402 21.3% 22,407
1988 49.9% 44,744 49.5% 44,396 0.7% 583
1984 59.3% 48,778 40.0% 32,898 0.7% 569
1980 50.9% 38,780 35.6% 27,162 13.5% 10,291
1976 56.5% 39,041 40.9% 28,301 2.6% 1,789
1972 62.2% 42,573 37.9% 25,924
1968 55.5% 33,051 39.5% 23,539 4.9% 2,940
1964 40.9% 23,887 59.1% 34,503
1960 62.6% 37,725 37.4% 22,564
1956 64.9% 35,591 35.1% 19,217
1952 67.5% 36,797 32.5% 17,728
1948 56.3% 23,620 43.7% 18,338
1944 58.0% 26,715 42.0% 19,338
1940 58.6% 27,384 41.4% 19,321
1936 47.4% 20,902 50.7% 22,366 1.9% 838
1932 52.3% 20,772 45.8% 18,190 1.9% 761
1928 75.2% 30,523 24.2% 9,840 0.6% 242
1924 54.4% 18,061 34.8% 11,563 10.8% 3,575
1920 62.6% 15,638 33.8% 8,435 3.7% 917
1916 42.2% 7,042 54.5% 9,093 3.3% 553
1912 18.2% 2,566 47.5% 6,708 34.4% 4,857
1908 45.2% 7,428 51.9% 8,540 3.0% 485
1904 70.8% 8,167 17.2% 1,981 12.1% 1,393
1900 55.3% 7,465 42.0% 5,677 2.7% 365

See also[edit]

Notable native[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 21, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "cpsws2004photos5". High Plains Regional Climate Center. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nebraska StormReady Communities". National Weather Service. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Bluestem Lake State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  7. ^ Conestoga Lake State Recreation Area, Denton NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  8. ^ Frank Shoemaker Marsh Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  9. ^ Holmes Lake Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  10. ^ Olive Creek Lake State Recreation Area, Hallam NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  11. ^ Stagecoach Lake State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  12. ^ Wagon Train Lake State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  13. ^ Wildwood Lake State Management Area, Valparaiso NE Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  14. ^ Yankee Hill State Wildlife Management Area Google Maps (accessed 21 January 2019)
  15. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  16. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  17. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  18. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  19. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  20. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  21. ^ Election Results

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Coordinates: 40°47′N 96°41′W / 40.78°N 96.69°W / 40.78; -96.69