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Cass County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Cass County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1855
Seat Plattsmouth
Largest City Plattsmouth
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

566 sq mi (1,466 km²)
557 sq mi (1,443 km²)
8.4 sq mi (22 km²), 1.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

25,241
45/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.cassne.org
Named for: Lewis Cass

Cass County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,241. Its county seat is Plattsmouth. The county was formed in 1855 and named after General Lewis Cass.

Cass County is included in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Cass County is represented by the prefix 20 (it had the twentieth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 566 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 557 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) (1.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • N-1.svg Nebraska Highway 1
  • N-43.svg Nebraska Highway 43
  • N-50.svg Nebraska Highway 50
  • N-63.svg Nebraska Highway 63
  • N-66.svg Nebraska Highway 66
  • N-67.svg Nebraska Highway 67

Adjacent counties

Due to its proximity to Cass County, Iowa, and because both of those counties receive most of their broadcasts from Omaha, Nebraska, references to 'Cass County' must be frequently disambiguated, or result in confusion.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,369
1870 8,151 141.9%
1880 16,683 104.7%
1890 24,080 44.3%
1900 21,330 −11.4%
1910 19,786 −7.2%
1920 18,029 −8.9%
1930 17,684 −1.9%
1940 16,992 −3.9%
1950 16,361 −3.7%
1960 17,821 8.9%
1970 18,076 1.4%
1980 20,297 12.3%
1990 21,318 5.0%
2000 24,334 14.1%
2010 25,241 3.7%
Est. 2015 25,512 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 24,334 people, 9,161 households, and 6,806 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 10,179 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.89% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.4% were of German, 9.6% American, 8.8% Irish and 7.9% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 9,161 households out of which 35.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.30% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% were non-families. 21.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,515, and the median income for a family was $52,196. Males had a median income of $36,639 versus $24,612 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,156. About 4.20% of families and 5.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Census divisions

Cass County is divided into the following divisions, called precincts, except for the cities of Plattsmouth and Weeping Water.


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