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Douglas County, Nebraska
Douglas County, Nebraska seal
Map of Nebraska highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of USA NE
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Seat Omaha
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

340 sq mi (881 km²)
331 sq mi (857 km²)
9 sq mi (23 km²), 2.54%
 - (2000)
 - Density

1,401/sq mi (541/km²)

Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. It is the state's most populous county, home to over one-fourth of Nebraska's residents. As of 2000, the population was 463,585. The 2006 census estimate placed the population at 492,003. Its county seat is Omaha6, the state's largest city. It is one of five Nebraska counties in the eight-county Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Douglas County was represented by the prefix 1 (it had the largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922). In 2002, the state discontinued the 1922 system in Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster counties.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 880 km² (340 sq mi). 857 km² (331 sq mi) of it is land and 22 km² (9 sq mi) of it (2.54%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit


Douglas County
Population by decade

1860 - 4,328
1870 - 19,982
1880 - 37,645
1890 - 158,008
1900 - 140,590
1910 - 168,546
1920 - 204,524
1930 - 232,982
1940 - 247,562
1950 - 281,020
1960 - 343,490
1970 - 389,455
1980 - 397,038
1990 - 416,444
2000 - 463,585

As of the census² of 2000, there were 463,585 people, 182,194 households, and 115,146 families residing in the county. The population density was 541/km² (1,401/sq mi). There were 192,672 housing units at an average density of 225/km² (582/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 80.96% White, 11.50% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.40% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 6.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 182,194 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.50% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,209, and the median income for a family was $54,651. Males had a median income of $36,577 versus $27,265 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,879. About 6.70% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.00% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.


Douglas County is governed by a board of seven county commissioners, elected to four year terms. County courthouse positions are also elected on a partisan basis. Most of the county's offices are located at the Douglas County Courthouse.

District Commissioner
1 Mike Boyle
2 Pam Tusa
3 Chris Rodgers
4 Kyle Hutchings
5 Chip Maxwell
6 Mary Ann Borgeson
7 Clare Duda
Office Officeholder
County Assessor Roger Morrissey
County Attorney Don Kleine
County Clerk Tom Cavanaugh
Clerk of the District Court John Friend
County Engineer Tom Doyle
Register of Deeds Diane Battiato
County Sheriff Tim Dunning
County Treasurer John W. Ewing
Public Defender Tom Riley


Douglas County was established in 1855. It was named after Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813-1861).[2]

Cities and villages Edit

Census Divisions Edit

Douglas County is divided into the following divisions, which, except for the City of Omaha, are called precincts.

  • Benson
  • Chicago
  • Douglas
  • Elkhorn
  • Florence
  • Jefferson
  • McArdle
  • Millard
  • City of Omaha
  • Platte Valley
  • Union
  • Waterloo


  1. ^ {{cite web|url= of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses|accessdate=2006-07-21|author=United States Office of Management and Budget
  2. ^ "About Douglas County: History." Douglas County. Retrieved 9/17/07.

Coordinates: 41°18′N 96°09′W / 41.30, -96.15

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