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Nebraska Counties

There is ninety-three counties in state of Nebraska. Despite the fact that Sarpy County contained the oldest settlement in the state, it was one of the last lands along the river to be recognized by law. Finally, on February 1, 1857, the land "where the cities meet the country" was officially created.

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Nebraska Counties: History and Information

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Nebraska has 93 counties, 66 of which have a commissioner-precinct form of government. These 66 are each governed by a board of commissioners with three or five members, elected for four-year terms. The rest of the counties have a supervisor- township form of government. These are governed by seven-member boards of supervisors, also elected to four-year terms.

There are 532 cities and villages, or municipalities, in Nebraska. Most cities have a mayor-council form of government, while exceptions like Nebraska City have a commissioner form of government, and several others use the council-manager form. Most villages are governed by a fi ve-member board of trustees. Nebraska's constitution grants the option of home rule to cities with more than 5,000 residents, meaning they may operate under their own charters. To date, only Lincoln and Omaha have used this option.

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County 2000
Population
Square
Miles
County Seat Created
Adams County 31,151 563 Hastings 1867
Antelope County 7,452 857 Neligh 1871
Arthur County 444 715 Arthur 1887
Banner County 819 746 Harrisburg 1888
Blaine County 583 711 Brewster 1885
Boone County 6,259 687 Albion 1871
Box Butte County 12,158 1,075 Alliance 1886
Boyd County 2,438 540 Butte 1891
Brown County 3,525 1,221 Ainsworth 1883
Buffalo County 42,259 968 Kearney 1855
Burt County 7,791 493 Tekamah 1854
Butler County 8,767 584 David City 1857
Cass County 24,334 559 Plattsmouth 1854
Cedar County 9,615 740 Hartington 1855
Chase County 4,068 894 Imperial 1873
Cherry County 6,148 5,961 Valentine 1883
Cheyenne County 9,830 1,196 Sidney 1867
Clay County 7,039 573 Clay Center 1855
Colfax County 10,441 413 Schuyler 1869
Cuming County 10,203 572 West Point 1855
Custer County 11,793 2,576 Broken Bow 1877
Dakota County 20,253 264 Dakota City 1855
Dawes County 9,060 1,396 Chadron 1885
Dawson County 24,365 1,013 Lexington 1860
Deuel County 2,098 440 Chappell 1889
Dixon County 6,339 476 Ponca 1856
Dodge County 36,160 534 Fremont 1855
Douglas County 463,585 331 Omaha 1854
Dundy County 2,292 920 Benkelman 1873
Fillmore County 6,634 576 Geneva 1856
Franklin County 3,574 576 Franklin 1867
Frontier County 3,099 975 Stockville 1872
Furnas County 5,324 718 Beaver City 1873
Gage County 22,993 855 Beatrice 1855
Garden County 2,292 1,705 Oshkosh 1909
Garfield County 1,902 570 Burwell 1884
Gosper County 2,143 458 Elwood 1873
Grant County 747 776 Hyannis 1884
Greeley County 2,714 570 Greeley 1871
Hall County 53,534 546 Grand Island 1858
Hamilton County 9,403 544 Aurora 1867
Harlan County 3,786 553 Alma 1871
Hayes County 1,068 713 Hayes Center 1877
Hitchcock County 3,111 710 Trenton 1873
Holt County 11,551 2,413 O'Neill 1876
Hooker County 783 721 Mullen 1889
Howard County 6,567 570 Saint Paul 1871
Jefferson County 8,333 573 Fairbury 1856
Johnson County 4,488 376 Tecumseh 1855
Kearney County 6,882 516 Minden 1860
Keith County 8,875 1,061 Ogallala 1873
Keya Paha County 983 773 Springview 1884
Kimball County 4,089 952 Kimball 1888
Knox County 9,374 1,108 Center 1854
Lancaster County 250,291 839 Lincoln 1854
Lincoln County 34,632 2,564 North Platte 1860
Logan County 774 571 Stapleton 1885
Loup County 712 570 Taylor 1883
Madison County 35,226 573 Madison 1856
McPherson County 533 859 Tryon 1887
Merrick County 8,204 485 Central City 1858
Morrill County 5,440 1,424 Bridgeport 1908
Nance County 4,038 441 Fullerton 1879
Nemaha County 7,576 409 Auburn 1855
Nuckolls County 5,057 575 Nelson 1860
Otoe County 15,396 616 Nebraska City 1854
Pawnee County 3,087 432 Pawnee City 1854
Perkins County 3,200 883 Grant 1887
Phelps County 9,747 540 Holdrege 1873
Pierce County 7,857 574 Pierce 1856
Platte County 31,662 678 Columbus 1856
Polk County 5,639 439 Osceola 1856
Red Willow County 11,448 717 McCook 1873
Richardson County 9,531 554 Falls City 1855
Rock County 1,756 1,008 Bassett 1888
Saline County 13,843 575 Wilber 1867
Sarpy County 122,595 241 Papillion 1857
Saunders County 19,830 754 Wahoo 1856
Scotts Bluff County 36,951 739 Gering 1881
Seward County 16,496 575 Seward 1867
Sheridan County 6,198 2,441 Rushville 1885
Sherman County 3,318 566 Loup City 1871
Sioux County 1,475 2,067 Harrison 1877
Stanton County 6,455 430 Stanton 1865
Thayer County 6,055 575 Hebron 1872
Thomas County 729 713 Thedford 1887
Thurston County 7,171 394 Pender 1865
Valley County 4,647 568 Ord 1871
Washington County 18,780 390 Blair 1854
Wayne County 9,851 444 Wayne 1867
Webster County 4,061 575 Red Cloud 1871
Wheeler County 886 575 Bartlett 1877
York County 14,598 576 York 1855
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