List of counties in Nebraska

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There are 93 counties in the U.S. state of Nebraska.

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

County list[change | change source]

FIPS code[1] County seat[2] Established[2] Origin Meaning of name License plate prefix
Area[2] Map
Adams County 001 Hastings 1867 Unorganized territory John Adams, second President of the United States 14 31,205 563 sq mi
(1,458 km2)
State map highlighting Adams County
Antelope County 003 Neligh 1871 Unorganized territory Pronghorn, often called antelope 26 6,295 857 sq mi
(2,220 km2)
State map highlighting Antelope County
Arthur County 005 Arthur 1913 Unorganized territory Chester A. Arthur, twenty-first president of the United States 91 434 715 sq mi
(1,852 km2)
State map highlighting Arthur County
Banner County 007 Harrisburg 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Early settlers' goal of making it the "banner county" of the state 85 674 746 sq mi
(1,932 km2)
State map highlighting Banner County
Blaine County 009 Brewster 1885 Unorganized territory James G. Blaine, national politician 86 431 711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
State map highlighting Blaine County
Boone County 011 Albion 1871 Unorganized territory Daniel Boone, American pioneer and trapper 23 5,379 687 sq mi
(1,779 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Box Butte County 013 Alliance 1887 Formed from Dawes County A box-shaped butte north of Alliance 65 10,842 1,075 sq mi
(2,784 km2)
State map highlighting Box Butte County
Boyd County 015 Butte 1891 Holt County and unorganized territory (Indian Territory) James E. Boyd, the eighth governor of Nebraska 63 1,810 540 sq mi
(1,399 km2)
State map highlighting Boyd County
Brown County 017 Ainsworth 1883 Unorganized territory The Brown family of early settlers 75 2,903 1,221 sq mi
(3,162 km2)
State map highlighting Brown County
Buffalo County 019 Kearney 1855 Unorganized territory The American Bison 9 50,084 968 sq mi
(2,507 km2)
State map highlighting Buffalo County
Burt County 021 Tekamah 1854 One of nine original counties Francis Burt, the first territorial governor 31 6,722 493 sq mi
(1,277 km2)
State map highlighting Burt County
Butler County 023 David City 1856 Formed from Greene County William O. Butler, U.S. Congressman and military leader 25 8,369 584 sq mi
(1,513 km2)
State map highlighting Butler County
Cass County 025 Plattsmouth 1854 One of nine original counties Lewis Cass, U.S. Senator who supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act 20 26,598 559 sq mi
(1,448 km2)
State map highlighting Cass County
Cedar County 027 Hartington 1857 Formed from Dixon and Pierce Counties The eastern red cedar[5] 13 8,380 740 sq mi
(1,917 km2)
State map highlighting Cedar County
Chase County 029 Imperial 1873 Unorganized territory Champion S. Chase, Nebraska's first attorney general 72 3,893 894 sq mi
(2,315 km2)
State map highlighting Chase County
Cherry County 031 Valentine 1883 Unorganized territory Samuel A. Cherry, army lieutenant killed in the Indian Wars 66 5,455 5,961 sq mi
(15,439 km2)
State map highlighting Cherry County
Cheyenne County 033 Sidney 1867 Unorganized territory Named for the Cheyenne Indian tribe 39 9,468 1,196 sq mi
(3,098 km2)
State map highlighting Cheyenne County
Clay County 035 Clay Center 1855 Formed from unorganized territory Henry Clay, national politician 30 6,104 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Colfax County 037 Schuyler 1869 Formed from Platte County Schuyler Colfax, Vice President of the United States 43 10,582 413 sq mi
(1,070 km2)
State map highlighting Colfax County
Cuming County 039 West Point 1855 Formed from Burt County Thomas B. Cuming, first territorial secretary 24 9,013 572 sq mi
(1,481 km2)
State map highlighting Cuming County
Custer County 041 Broken Bow 1877 Unorganized territory George Armstrong Custer, U.S. Army general 4 10,545 2,576 sq mi
(6,672 km2)
State map highlighting Custer County
Dakota County 043 Dakota City 1855 Formed from Burt County Dakota branch of the Sioux Indian tribe 70 21,582 264 sq mi
(684 km2)
State map highlighting Dakota County
Dawes County 045 Chadron 1885 Formed from Sioux County James W. Dawes, the sixth governor of Nebraska 69 8,199 1,396 sq mi
(3,616 km2)
State map highlighting Dawes County
Dawson County 047 Lexington 1860 Unorganized territory Jacob Dawson, first postmaster for Lincoln 18 24,111 1,013 sq mi
(2,624 km2)
State map highlighting Dawson County
Deuel County 049 Chappell 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County The Deuel family of early settlers 78 1,838 440 sq mi
(1,140 km2)
State map highlighting Deuel County
Dixon County 051 Ponca 1856 Formed from Blackbird County, Izard County, and unorganized territory The Dixon family of early settlers 35 5,606 476 sq mi
(1,233 km2)
State map highlighting Dixon County
Dodge County 053 Fremont 1854 One of nine original counties Augustus Caesar Dodge, U.S. Senator who supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act 5 37,167 534 sq mi
(1,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dodge County
Douglas County 055 Omaha 1854 One of nine original counties Stephen Arnold Douglas, national politician 1 584,526 331 sq mi
(857 km2)
State map highlighting Douglas County
Dundy County 057 Benkelman 1873 Unorganized territory Elmer Scipio Dundy, U.S. Circuit Court judge 76 1,654 920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dundy County
Fillmore County 059 Geneva 1856 Formed from Jackson County and unorganized territory Millard Fillmore, thirteenth president of the United States 34 5,551 576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Fillmore County
Franklin County 061 Franklin 1867 Formed from Kearney County Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father 50 2,889 576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Frontier County 063 Stockville 1872 Unorganized territory Its location 60 2,519 975 sq mi
(2,525 km2)
State map highlighting Frontier County
Furnas County 065 Beaver City 1873 Unorganized territory Robert Wilkinson Furnas, third governor of Nebraska 38 4,636 718 sq mi
(1,860 km2)
State map highlighting Furnas County
Gage County 067 Beatrice 1855 Unorganized territory William D. Gage, contemporary chaplain of the state legislature 3 21,704 855 sq mi
(2,214 km2)
State map highlighting Gage County
Garden County 069 Oshkosh 1910 Formed from Deuel County Early settlers' hopes for it to become the "garden spot of the west" 77 1,874 1,705 sq mi
(4,416 km2)
State map highlighting Garden County
Garfield County 071 Burwell 1884 Formed from Wheeler County James Abram Garfield, twentieth president of the United States 83 1,813 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Garfield County
Gosper County 073 Elwood 1873 Unorganized territory John J. Gosper, contemporary Nebraska secretary of state 73 1,893 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Gosper County
Grant County 075 Hyannis 1887 Unorganized territory Ulysses S. Grant, eighteenth president of the United States 92 611 776 sq mi
(2,010 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Greeley County 077 Greeley 1871 Unorganized territory Horace Greeley, journalist 62 2,188 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Greeley County
Hall County 079 Grand Island 1858 Unorganized territory Augustus Hall, contemporary chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court 8 62,895 546 sq mi
(1,414 km2)
State map highlighting Hall County
Hamilton County 081 Aurora 1867 Unorganized territory Alexander Hamilton, first United States Secretary of the Treasury 28 9,429 544 sq mi
(1,409 km2)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Harlan County 083 Alma 1871 Formed from Kearney County Disputed; either James Harlan, national politician, or a local revenue collector 51 3,073 553 sq mi
(1,432 km2)
State map highlighting Harlan County
Hayes County 085 Hayes Center 1877 Unorganized territory Rutherford B. Hayes, nineteenth president of the United States 79 856 713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Hayes County
Hitchcock County 087 Trenton 1873 Unorganized territory Phineas Warren Hitchcock, Nebraska U.S. Senator 67 2,616 710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
State map highlighting Hitchcock County
Holt County 089 O'Neill 1860 Unorganized territory Joseph Holt, U.S. Postmaster General and Secretary of War 36 10,127 2,413 sq mi
(6,250 km2)
State map highlighting Holt County
Hooker County 091 Mullen 1889 Unorganized territory Joseph Hooker, U.S. Army general 93 711 721 sq mi
(1,867 km2)
State map highlighting Hooker County
Howard County 093 Saint Paul 1871 Formed from Hall County Oliver O. Howard, U.S. Army general 49 6,475 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Jefferson County 095 Fairbury 1856 Unorganized territory Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States 33 7,240 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 097 Tecumseh 1857 Formed from Nemaha and Otoe Counties Richard Mentor Johnson, ninth vice president of the United States 57 5,290 376 sq mi
(974 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Kearney County 099 Minden 1860 Unorganized territory Fort Kearny, with a misspelling 52 6,688 516 sq mi
(1,336 km2)
State map highlighting Kearney County
Keith County 101 Ogallala 1873 Unorganized territory M.C. Keith, rancher with wide holdings 68 8,335 1,061 sq mi
(2,748 km2)
State map highlighting Keith County
Keya Paha County 103 Springview 1884 Formed from Brown County and unorganized Indian territory Dakota words Ké-ya Pa-há Wa-kpá (turtle hill river) 82 769 773 sq mi
(2,002 km2)
State map highlighting Keya Paha County
Kimball County 105 Kimball 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Thomas L. Kimball, Union Pacific Railroad official 71 3,434 952 sq mi
(2,466 km2)
State map highlighting Kimball County
Knox County 107 Center 1857 Formed from Pierce County and unorganized territory (Former names-L'Eau Qui Court (1857-1867) and Emmet (1867-1873)) Henry Knox, first U.S. Secretary of War 12 8,391 1,108 sq mi
(2,870 km2)
State map highlighting Knox County
Lancaster County 109 Lincoln 1855 Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Lancaster, England 2 322,608 839 sq mi
(2,173 km2)
State map highlighting Lancaster County
Lincoln County 111 North Platte 1860 Unorganized territory Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States 15 34,676 2,564 sq mi
(6,641 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Logan County 113 Stapleton 1885 Unorganized territory John A. Logan, U.S. Army general 87 716 571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Loup County 115 Taylor 1883 Unorganized territory Loup River 88 607 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Loup County
Madison County 119 Madison 1856 Formed from Loup County, and McNeale County, and unorganized territory Either James Madison, fourth president of the United States, or local settlers' native Madison, Wisconsin 7 35,585 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
McPherson County 117 Tryon 1887 Unorganized territory James B. McPherson, U.S. Army general 90 399 859 sq mi
(2,225 km2)
State map highlighting McPherson County
Merrick County 121 Central City 1858 Formed from Polk County and unorganized territory Elvira Merrick, wife of legislator Henry W. DePuy 46 7,668 485 sq mi
(1,256 km2)
State map highlighting Merrick County
Morrill County 123 Bridgeport 1908 Formed from Cheyenne County Charles Henry Morrill, president of the Lincoln Land Company 64 4,555 1,424 sq mi
(3,688 km2)
State map highlighting Morrill County
Nance County 125 Fullerton 1879 Formed from a Pawnee Indian reservation Albinus Nance, fourth governor of Nebraska 58 3,380 441 sq mi
(1,142 km2)
State map highlighting Nance County
Nemaha County 127 Auburn 1854 One of nine original counties Nimaha, the Otoe name meaning miry water for a local stream 44 7,074 409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
State map highlighting Nemaha County
Nuckolls County 129 Nelson 1860 Unorganized territory Lafayette Nuckolls, a member of the first Nebraska territorial legislature; and his brother, Stephen Nuckolls, a pioneering Nebraska settler, businessman and banker 42 4,095 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Nuckolls County
Otoe County 131 Nebraska City 1854 One of nine original counties Oto (also Otoe) Native American tribe 11 15,912 616 sq mi
(1,595 km2)
State map highlighting Otoe County
Pawnee County 133 Pawnee City 1855 Formed from Richardson County Pawnee Native American tribe 54 2,544 432 sq mi
(1,119 km2)
State map highlighting Pawnee County
Perkins County 135 Grant 1887 Formed from Keith County Charles E. Perkins, a president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 74 2,858 883 sq mi
(2,287 km2)
State map highlighting Perkins County
Phelps County 137 Holdrege 1873 Formed from Kearney County William Phelps, an early settler[5] 37 8,968 540 sq mi
(1,399 km2)
State map highlighting Phelps County
Pierce County 139 Pierce 1856 Formed from Izard County, McNeale County, and unorganized territory Franklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the United States 40 7,317 574 sq mi
(1,487 km2)
State map highlighting Pierce County
Platte County 141 Columbus 1856 Formed from Greene and Loup Counties Platte River which is in turn named for the French word for flat 10 34,296 678 sq mi
(1,756 km2)
State map highlighting Platte County
Polk County 143 Osceola 1856 Formed from York County and unorganized territory James Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United States 41 5,214 439 sq mi
(1,137 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Red Willow County 145 McCook 1873 Unorganized territory Red Willow Creek, which runs through the area 48 10,702 717 sq mi
(1,857 km2)
State map highlighting Red Willow County
Richardson County 147 Falls City 1854 One of nine original counties William A. Richardson, a governor of the Nebraska Territory 19 7,871 554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Richardson County
Rock County 149 Bassett 1885 Formed from Brown County Either Rock Creek, which flows in the county; or the rocky condition of the soil in the area 81 1,262 1,008 sq mi
(2,611 km2)
State map highlighting Rock County
Saline County 151 Wilber 1867 Unorganized territory Named 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 false 22 14,292 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Saline County
Sarpy County 153 Papillion 1857 Formed from Cass and Douglas Counties Peter A. Sarpy, a commander of a trading post in the future county 59 190,604 241 sq mi
(624 km2)
State map highlighting Sarpy County
Saunders County 155 Wahoo 1856 Formed from Douglas and Lancaster Counties Alvin Saunders, a governor of the Nebraska Territory 6 22,278 754 sq mi
(1,953 km2)
State map highlighting Saunders County
Scotts Bluff County 157 Gering 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Named 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 formation 21 36,084 739 sq mi
(1,914 km2)
State map highlighting Scotts Bluff County
Seward County 159 Seward 1855 Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties William Henry Seward, the United States Secretary of State during the 1860s 16 17,609 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Seward County
Sheridan County 161 Rushville 1885 Formed from Sioux County Philip Henry Sheridan, a general in the American Civil War 61 5,127 2,441 sq mi
(6,322 km2)
State map highlighting Sheridan County
Sherman County 163 Loup City 1871 Formed from Buffalo County and unorganized territory William Tecumseh Sherman, the American Civil War general 56 2,959 566 sq mi
(1,466 km2)
State map highlighting Sherman County
Sioux County 165 Harrison 1877 Unorganized territory Sioux Native American tribe 80 1,135 1,313 sq mi
(3,401 km2)
State map highlighting Sioux County
Stanton County 167 Stanton 1855 Formed from Burt County Edwin M. Stanton, the United States Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War 53 5,842 430 sq mi
(1,114 km2)
State map highlighting Stanton County
Thayer County 169 Hebron 1871 Formed from Jefferson County John Milton Thayer, the seventh governor of Nebraska 32 5,034 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Thayer County
Thomas County 171 Thedford 1887 Unorganized territory George Henry Thomas, a general in the American Civil War 89 669 713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Thomas County
Thurston County 173 Pender 1889 Formed from Blackbird County and an Omaha Indian reservation John Mellen Thurston, a U. S. senator from Nebraska 55 6,773 394 sq mi
(1,020 km2)
State map highlighting Thurston County
Valley County 175 Ord 1871 Unorganized territory Named for the many valleys in the area 47 4,059 568 sq mi
(1,471 km2)
State map highlighting Valley County
Washington County 177 Blair 1854 One of nine original counties George Washington, the first president of the United States 29 20,865 390 sq mi
(1,010 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 179 Wayne 1867 Unorganized territory Anthony Wayne, the American Revolutionary War general nicknamed "Mad Anthony" by his troops 27 9,697 444 sq mi
(1,150 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County 181 Red Cloud 1867 Unorganized territory Daniel Webster, the statesman and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts 45 3,395 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Wheeler County 183 Bartlett 1877 Unorganized territory Daniel H. Wheeler, a secretary of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture 84 774 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Wheeler County
York County 185 York 1855 Formed from Cass County, Pierce County, and unorganized territory Named for either York, England, or York County, Pennsylvania 17 14,125 576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting York County

Former counties of Nebraska[change | change source]

  • Clay (1855-64) Formed from un-organized and dissolved into Gage and Lancaster County.
  • Jackson (1855-6) Formed from un-organized and dissolved to the Fillmore County and un-organized.
  • Johnson (1855-6) Formed from un-organized and dissolved to un-organized
  • Blackbird (1855-88) Formed from Burt County and dissolved to Thurston County
  • Loup (1855-6) Formed from Burt and un-organized and then dissolved Madison, Monroe and Platte Counties
  • Jones (1856-66) Formed from un-organized and dissolved into Jefferson County.
  • Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Lynn, Monroe and Taylor counties listed in 1870 (But no proof on where)

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Association of Counties. "NACo County Explorer". Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  3. The license plate prefix sequence is derived from the number of vehicles registered in each county in 1922.
  4. U.S. Census Bureau. "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Nebraska". Retrieved January 10, 2024.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). "Nebraska Place-Names". University of Nebraska Department of English. Retrieved 2010-09-02.