List of counties in Nebraska

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The following is a list of the 93 counties in the U.S. state of Nebraska, listed by name, FIPS code and license plate prefix.

Nebraska's postal abbreviation is NE and its FIPS state code is 31.

When many counties were formed, the bills establishing them did not state the honoree's full name; thus the namesakes of several counties, including Brown, Deuel, Dixon, and possibly Harlan, are known only by their surnames.

County list[edit]

County
FIPS code
[1]
County seat
[2]
Established
[2]
Origin
Etymology
License plate prefix
[3]
Population
[2]
Area
[2]
Map
Adams County001Hastings1867Un-OrganizedJohn Adams, Founding Father and the second President of the United States1431,151563 sq mi
(1,458 km2)
State map highlighting Adams County
Antelope County003Neligh1871Un-OrganizedPronghorn, often called antelope267,452857 sq mi
(2,220 km2)
State map highlighting Antelope County
Arthur County005Arthur1887Un-OrganizedChester A. Arthur, twenty-first president of the United States91444715 sq mi
(1,852 km2)
State map highlighting Arthur County
Banner County007Harrisburg1888Formed from CheyenneNamed for the hope of the early settlers to make the county the "banner county" of the state85819746 sq mi
(1,932 km2)
State map highlighting Banner County
Blaine County009Brewster1885UnorganizedJames G. Blaine (1843-1923), U.S. Representative, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Senator from Maine, two-time United States Secretary of State, and Republican candidate in the 1884 presidential election86583711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
State map highlighting Blaine County
Boone County011Albion1871UnorganizedDaniel Boone, American pioneer and trapper236,259687 sq mi
(1,779 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Box Butte County013Alliance1887Formed from DawesNamed for a large box-shaped butte located approximately six miles north of Alliance, Nebraska, the county seat.6512,1581,075 sq mi
(2,784 km2)
State map highlighting Box Butte County
Boyd County015Butte1891Holt County, and Un-Organized (Indian Territory)James E. Boyd, the eighth governor of Nebraska632,438540 sq mi
(1,399 km2)
State map highlighting Boyd County
Brown County017Ainsworth1883Un-OrganizedThe Brown family of early settlers753,5251,221 sq mi
(3,162 km2)
State map highlighting Brown County
Buffalo County019Kearney1855Un-OrganizedNamed for the American Bison which once roamed the present county942,259968 sq mi
(2,507 km2)
State map highlighting Buffalo County
Burt County021Tekamah1854One of Nine Original CountiesFrancis Burt, the first territorial governor of Nebraska who died after two days in office.317,791493 sq mi
(1,277 km2)
State map highlighting Burt County
Butler County023David City1856Formed from GreeneWilliam Orlando Butler, U.S. Congressman from Kentucky and Mexican-American War hero258,767584 sq mi
(1,513 km2)
State map highlighting Butler County
Cass County025Plattsmouth1854One of Nine Original CountiesLewis Cass, the territorial administrator and U.S. Senator from Michigan2024,334559 sq mi
(1,448 km2)
State map highlighting Cass County
Cedar County027Hartington1857Formed from Dixon and Pierce CountiesNamed for the eastern red cedars present in the county[4]139,615740 sq mi
(1,917 km2)
State map highlighting Cedar County
Chase County029Imperial1873Un-OrganizedChampion S. Chase, a mayor of Omaha, Nebraska who served as Nebraska's first attorney general724,068894 sq mi
(2,315 km2)
State map highlighting Chase County
Cherry County031Valentine1883Un-OrganizedSamuel A. Cherry, army lieutenant killed in the Indian Wars666,1485,961 sq mi
(15,439 km2)
State map highlighting Cherry County
Cheyenne County033Sidney1867Un-OrganizedNamed for the Cheyenne Native American tribe399,8301,196 sq mi
(3,098 km2)
State map highlighting Cheyenne County
Clay County035Clay Center1855Formed from Un-OrganizedHenry Clay, the Senator from Kentucky, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate307,039573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Colfax County037Schuyler1869Formed from Platte CountySchuyler Colfax, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Vice President of the United States4310,441413 sq mi
(1,070 km2)
State map highlighting Colfax County
Cuming County039West Point1855Formed from Burt CountyThomas B. Cuming, first Secretary of Nebraska Territory2410,203572 sq mi
(1,481 km2)
State map highlighting Cuming County
Custer County041Broken Bow1877Un-OrganizedGeorge Armstrong Custer, general in the Civil War and Indian Wars411,7932,576 sq mi
(6,672 km2)
State map highlighting Custer County
Dakota County043Dakota City1855Formed from Burt CountyNamed for the Dakota branch of the Sioux Native American tribe7020,253264 sq mi
(684 km2)
State map highlighting Dakota County
Dawes County045Chadron1885Formed from Sioux CountyJames W. Dawes, the sixth governor of Nebraska699,0601,396 sq mi
(3,616 km2)
State map highlighting Dawes County
Dawson County047Lexington1860Un-OrganizedJacob Dawson, the first postmaster in present-day Lincoln, Nebraska, the state capital1824,3651,013 sq mi
(2,624 km2)
State map highlighting Dawson County
Deuel County049Chappell1888Formed from Cheyenne CountyThe Deuel family of early settlers782,098440 sq mi
(1,140 km2)
State map highlighting Deuel County
Dixon County051Ponca1856Formed from Blackbird County, Izard County and Un-OrganizedThe Dixon family of early settlers356,339476 sq mi
(1,233 km2)
State map highlighting Dixon County
Dodge County053Fremont1854One of Nine Original CountiesAugustus Caesar Dodge, a United States senator from Iowa who was a supporter of the Kansas-Nebraska Act536,160534 sq mi
(1,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dodge County
Douglas County055Omaha1854One of Nine Original CountiesStephen Arnold Douglas, the American statesman, U. S. senator, and presidential candidate1463,585331 sq mi
(857 km2)
State map highlighting Douglas County
Dundy County057Benkelman1873Un-OrganizedElmer Scipio Dundy, a U.S. Circuit Court judge from Nebraska762,292920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dundy County
Fillmore County059Geneva1856Formed from Jackson County and Un-OrganizedMillard Fillmore, the thirteenth president of the United States346,634576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Fillmore County
Franklin County061Franklin1867Formed from KearneyBenjamin Franklin, the Founding Father, printer, scientist, and diplomat503,574576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Frontier County063Stockville1872Un-organizedNamed for the fact that it was located in what was referred to at that time as part of the Nebraska frontier603,099975 sq mi
(2,525 km2)
State map highlighting Frontier County
Furnas County065Beaver City1873Un-OrganizedRobert Wilkinson Furnas, the third governor of Nebraska385,324718 sq mi
(1,860 km2)
State map highlighting Furnas County
Gage County067Beatrice1855Un-OrganizedWilliam D. Gage, a Methodist minister who served as chaplain of the state legislature at the time the county was established322,993855 sq mi
(2,214 km2)
State map highlighting Gage County
Garden County069Oshkosh1910Formed from Deuel CountyNamed for the hopes of two real estate agents and citizens of the county seat, Oshkosh, Nebraska, that the county would be the "garden spot of the west"772,2921,705 sq mi
(4,416 km2)
State map highlighting Garden County
Garfield County071Burwell1884Formed from Wheeler CountyJames Abram Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States831,902570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Garfield County
Gosper County073Elwood1873Un-OrganizedJohn J. Gosper, the secretary of state for Nebraska at the time of the county's formation732,143458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Gosper County
Grant County075Hyannis1887Un-OrganizedUlysses Simpson Grant, the eighteenth president of the United States and American Civil War general92747776 sq mi
(2,010 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Greeley County077Greeley1871Un-OrganizedHorace Greeley, the pioneering American journalist622,714570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Greeley County
Hall County079Grand Island1858Un-OrganizedAugustus Hall, the chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court at the time the county was created853,534546 sq mi
(1,414 km2)
State map highlighting Hall County
Hamilton County081Aurora1867Un-OrganizedAlexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury289,403544 sq mi
(1,409 km2)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Harlan County083Alma1871Formed from KearneyDisputed; either James Harlan, who was the United States Secretary of the Interior in 1865 and 1866; or a revenue collector by the name of Harlan who once lived near Republican City, Nebraska513,786553 sq mi
(1,432 km2)
State map highlighting Harlan County
Hayes County085Hayes Center1877Un-OrganizedRutherford Birchard Hayes, the nineteenth president of the United States791,068713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Hayes County
Hitchcock County087Trenton1873Un-OrganizedPhineas Warren Hitchcock, a U.S. Senator from Nebraska673,111710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
State map highlighting Hitchcock County
Holt County089O'Neill1860Un-Organized (Formerly- West County)Joseph Holt, a U.S. Postmaster General and U.S. Secretary of War under James Buchanan3611,5512,413 sq mi
(6,250 km2)
State map highlighting Holt County
Hooker County091Mullen1889Un-OrganizedJoseph Hooker, an American Civil War general93783721 sq mi
(1,867 km2)
State map highlighting Hooker County
Howard County093Saint Paul1871Formed from Hall CountyOliver Otis Howard, an American Civil War general496,567570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Jefferson County095Fairbury1856Un-organizedThomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States338,333573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County097Tecumseh1857Formed from Nemaha and Otoe CountiesRichard Mentor Johnson, the ninth vice president of the United States574,488376 sq mi
(974 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Kearney County099Minden1860Un-OrganizedNamed for Fort Kearny - when the county was created the fort's name was misspelled526,882516 sq mi
(1,336 km2)
State map highlighting Kearney County
Keith County101Ogallala1873Un-OrganizedM. C. Keith, who owned one of the largest ranches in western Nebraska at the time688,8751,061 sq mi
(2,748 km2)
State map highlighting Keith County
Keya Paha County103Springview1884Formed from Brown County and Un-Organized (Indian Territory)Dakota words Ké-ya Pa-há Wa-kpá, which, translated, mean turtle hill river82983773 sq mi
(2,002 km2)
State map highlighting Keya Paha County
Kimball County105Kimball1888Formed from Cheyenne CountyThomas L. Kimball, an official of the Union Pacific Railroad714,089952 sq mi
(2,466 km2)
State map highlighting Kimball County
Knox County107Center1857Formed from Pierce County and Un-Organized (Former names-L'Eau Qui Court (1857-1867) and Emmet (1867-1873))Henry Knox, the first United States Secretary of War129,3741,108 sq mi
(2,870 km2)
State map highlighting Knox County
Lancaster County109Lincoln1855Formed from Cass, and Pierce CountiesThe cities of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Lancaster, England.2250,291839 sq mi
(2,173 km2)
State map highlighting Lancaster County
Lincoln County111North Platte1860Un-Organized (Formerly Shorter County)Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States1534,6322,564 sq mi
(6,641 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Logan County113Stapleton1885Un-OrganizedJohn Alexander Logan, a general in the American Civil War87774571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Loup County115Taylor1883Un-OrganizedLoup River which in turn is named for the French word loup which means wolf88712570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Loup County
Madison County119Madison1856Formed from Loup County and McNeale Counties and Un-OrganizedEither James Madison, the fourth president of the United States; or, more likely, Madison, Wisconsin, where most of the new county's settlers were from735,226573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
McPherson County117Tryon1887Un-OrganizedJames Birdseye McPherson, a general in the American Civil War90533859 sq mi
(2,225 km2)
State map highlighting McPherson County
Merrick County121Central City1858Formed from Polk County and Un-OrganizedElvira Merrick, wife of Henry W. DePuy, a territorial legislator468,204485 sq mi
(1,256 km2)
State map highlighting Merrick County
Morrill County123Bridgeport1908Formed from Cheyenne CountyCharles Henry Morrill, a president of the Lincoln Land Company645,4401,424 sq mi
(3,688 km2)
State map highlighting Morrill County
Nance County125Fullerton1879Formed from Pawnee ReservationAlbinus Nance, the fourth governor of Nebraska584,038441 sq mi
(1,142 km2)
State map highlighting Nance County
Nemaha County127Auburn1854One of Nine original counties (Formerly Forney)Nimaha, the Oto name meaning miry water for a stream which crossed the county and emptied into the Missouri River447,576409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
State map highlighting Nemaha County
Nuckolls County129Nelson1860Un-OrganizedLafayette Nuckolls, a member of the first Nebraska territorial legislature; and his brother, Stephen Nuckolls, a pioneering Nebraska settler, businessman and banker425,057575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Nuckolls County
Otoe County131Nebraska City1854One of nine Original Counties (Formerly Pierce)Oto (also Otoe) Native American tribe1115,396616 sq mi
(1,595 km2)
State map highlighting Otoe County
Pawnee County133Pawnee City1855Formed from Richardson CountyPawnee Native American tribe543,087432 sq mi
(1,119 km2)
State map highlighting Pawnee County
Perkins County135Grant1887Formed from Kieth CountyCharles E. Perkins, a president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad743,200883 sq mi
(2,287 km2)
State map highlighting Perkins County
Phelps County137Holdrege1873Formed from Kearney CountyWilliam Phelps, a riverboat captain on the Mississippi River who is alleged to have settled in the area379,747540 sq mi
(1,399 km2)
State map highlighting Phelps County
Pierce County139Pierce1856Formed from Izard County, McNeale County and Un-OrganizedFranklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the United States407,857574 sq mi
(1,487 km2)
State map highlighting Pierce County
Platte County141Columbus1856Formed from Greene and Loup CountiesPlatte River which is in turn named for the French word for flat1031,662678 sq mi
(1,756 km2)
State map highlighting Platte County
Polk County143Osceola1856Formed from York County and Un-OrganizedJames Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United States415,639439 sq mi
(1,137 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Red Willow County145McCook1873Un-OrganizedRed Willow Creek, which runs through the area4811,448717 sq mi
(1,857 km2)
State map highlighting Red Willow County
Richardson County147Falls City1854One of Nine Original CountiesWilliam A. Richardson, a governor of the Nebraska Territory199,531554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Richardson County
Rock County149Bassett1885Formed from Brown CountyEither Rock Creek, which flows in the county; or the rocky condition of the soil in the area811,7561,008 sq mi
(2,611 km2)
State map highlighting Rock County
Saline County151Wilber1867Un-organizedNamed for a belief held by the early pioneers that great salt springs and deposits could be found in the area, a hope found to be false2213,843575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Saline County
Sarpy County153Papillion1857Formed from Cass and Douglas CountiesPeter A. Sarpy, a commander of a trading post in the future county59122,595241 sq mi
(624 km2)
State map highlighting Sarpy County
Saunders County155Wahoo1856Formed from Douglas and Lancaster (Formerly Calhoun County (1856-1865))Alvin Saunders, a governor of the Nebraska Territory619,830754 sq mi
(1,953 km2)
State map highlighting Saunders County
Scotts Bluff County157Gering1888Formed from Cheyenne CountyNamed for a towering bluff located in the Scotts Bluff National Monument; the bluffs themselves are named for Hiram Scott, a fur trapper who is alleged to have crawled 75 miles with a broken leg before collapsing and dying at the foot of the formation2136,951739 sq mi
(1,914 km2)
State map highlighting Scotts Bluff County
Seward County159Seward1855Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties (Formerly- Greene County)William Henry Seward, the United States Secretary of State during the 1860s1616,496575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Seward County
Sheridan County161Rushville1885Formed from Sioux CountyPhilip Henry Sheridan, a general in the American Civil War616,1982,441 sq mi
(6,322 km2)
State map highlighting Sheridan County
Sherman County163Loup City1871Formed from Buffalo County and Un-OrganizedWilliam Tecumseh Sherman, the American Civil War general563,318566 sq mi
(1,466 km2)
State map highlighting Sherman County
Sioux County165Harrison1877Un-OrganizedSioux Native American tribe801,4752,067 sq mi
(5,354 km2)
State map highlighting Sioux County
Stanton County167Stanton1855Formed from Burt County (Formerly Izard County)Edwin M. Stanton, the United States Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War536,455430 sq mi
(1,114 km2)
State map highlighting Stanton County
Thayer County169Hebron1871Formed from Jefferson CountyJohn Milton Thayer, the seventh governor of Nebraska326,055575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Thayer County
Thomas County171Thedford1887Un-OrganizedGeorge Henry Thomas, a general in the American Civil War89729713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Thomas County
Thurston County173Pender1889Formed form Blackbird County and Omaha ReservationJohn Mellen Thurston, a U. S. senator from Nebraska557,171394 sq mi
(1,020 km2)
State map highlighting Thurston County
Valley County175Ord1871Un-OrganizedNamed for the many valleys in the area474,647568 sq mi
(1,471 km2)
State map highlighting Valley County
Washington County177Blair1854One of Nine Original CountiesGeorge Washington, the first president of the United States2918,780390 sq mi
(1,010 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County179Wayne1867Un-OrganizedAnthony Wayne, the American Revolutionary War general nicknamed "Mad Anthony" by his troops279,851444 sq mi
(1,150 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County181Red Cloud1867Un-organizedDaniel Webster, the statesman and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts454,061575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Wheeler County183Bartlett1877Un-OrganizedDaniel H. Wheeler, a secretary of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture84886575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Wheeler County
York County185York1855Formed from Cass County, Pierce County and Un-OrganizedNamed for either York, England, or York County, Pennsylvania1714,598576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting York County

Former counties of Nebraska:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA.gov. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ The license plate prefix sequence is derived from the number of vehicles registered in each county in 1922.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). "Nebraska Place-Names". University of Nebraska Department of English. Retrieved 2010-09-02.