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Lancaster County, Nebraska
Lancaster County, Nebraska courthouse from SE
Lancaster County Courthouse in Lincoln, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Lancaster County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of USA NE
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1859
Seat Lincoln
Largest city Lincoln
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

847 sq mi (2,194 km²)
839 sq mi (2,173 km²)
8 sq mi (21 km²), 0.92%
 - (2010)
 - Density

311/sq mi (120/km²)

Lancaster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2010, the population was 285,407.[1] Its county seat is Lincoln[2], which is also the capital of Nebraska. The county was created in 1859, and the county seat was the village of Lancaster. Lancaster was renamed Lincoln after President Abraham Lincoln and became the state capital in 1867.

Lancaster County is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska 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 county when the license plate system was established in 1922). In 2002, the state discontinued the 1922 system in Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy counties.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 847 square miles (2,193.7 km2), of which 839 square miles (2,173.0 km2) is land and 8 square miles (20.7 km2) (0.92%) is water.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 153
1870 7,074 4,523.5%
1880 28,090 297.1%
1890 76,395 172.0%
1900 64,835 −15.1%
1910 73,793 13.8%
1920 85,902 16.4%
1930 100,324 16.8%
1940 100,585 0.3%
1950 119,742 19.0%
1960 155,272 29.7%
1970 167,972 8.2%
1980 192,884 14.8%
1990 213,641 10.8%
2000 250,291 17.2%
2010 285,407 14.0%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 250,291 people, 99,187 households, and 60,702 families residing 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 according to Census 2000.

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.

In the county the population was spread out with 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.




Other placesEdit

Census divisionsEdit

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

See alsoEdit

Notable nativeEdit


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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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

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