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Dawson County
Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington
Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington
Map of Nebraska highlighting Dawson County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
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Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
Founded 1860 (authorized by Territorial Legislature)
1871 (authorized by proclamation of Acting Governor)
Named for Jacob Dawson
Seat Lexington
Largest city Lexington
Area
 • Total 1,019 sq mi (2,640 km2)
 • Land 1,013 sq mi (2,620 km2)
 • Water 6.3 sq mi (16 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
24,111
 • Density 23.4/sq mi (9.0/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Dawson County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 24,326. Its county seat is Lexington.

Dawson County is part of the Lexington, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Dawson County is represented by the prefix 18 (it had the 18th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

Dawson County was formed in 1860. Sources differ on the origin of its name: some hold it was named after a Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman, John Littleton Dawson, while others believe it was named after Jacob Dawson, an early Nebraska settler.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,019 square miles (2,640 km2), of which 1,013 square miles (2,620 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • US 283.svg U.S. Highway 283
  • N-21.svg Nebraska Highway 21
  • N-23.svg Nebraska Highway 23
  • N-40.svg Nebraska Highway 40
  • N-47.svg Nebraska Highway 47

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 16
1870 103 543.8%
1880 2,909 2,724.3%
1890 10,129 248.2%
1900 12,264 21.1%
1910 15,961 30.1%
1920 16,004 0.3%
1930 17,875 11.7%
1940 17,890 0.1%
1950 19,393 8.4%
1960 19,405 0.1%
1970 19,771 1.9%
1980 22,304 12.8%
1990 19,940 −10.6%
2000 24,365 22.2%
2010 24,326 −0.2%
2020 24,111 −0.9%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 24,111 people and 8,965 households in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 10,341 housing units. The racial makeup of the county was 72.7% White, 5.5% Black or African American, 2.5% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 28.7% from other races, and 10.4% from two or more races. 35.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. In the 2000 United States Census it was reported that 32.0% were of German, 6.7% American, 6.7% Irish and 6.4% English ancestry.

There were 8,965 households, out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.21.

The county population contained 29.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,132, and the median income for a family was $42,224. Males had a median income of $26,865 versus $20,569 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,973. About 8.60% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities

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