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Douglas County, Nebraska
Seal of Douglas County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 23, 1854
Seat Omaha
Largest City Omaha
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

339 sq mi (878 km²)
328 sq mi (850 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 3.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

550,064
1,574/sq mi (608/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.douglascounty-ne.gov
Named for: Stephen A. Douglas

Douglas County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 517,110. It is the state's most populous county, home to over one-fourth of Nebraska's residents. Its county seat is Omaha, the state's largest city. The county was established in 1854 and named after Stephen A. Douglas (1813–1861), U.S. Senator from Illinois.

Douglas County is part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Douglas County was represented by the prefix "1" (as it had the largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922). In 2002, the state discontinued the 1922 system in the three most populous counties: Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster counties.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 339 square miles (880 km2), of which 328 square miles (850 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (3.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • I-480.svg Interstate 480
  • I-680.svg Interstate 680
  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • US 275.svg U.S. Highway 275
  • N-31.svg Nebraska Highway 31
  • N-36.svg Nebraska Highway 36
  • N-50.svg Nebraska Highway 50
  • N-64.svg Nebraska Highway 64
  • N-85.svg Nebraska Highway 85
  • N-92.svg Nebraska Highway 92
  • N-133.svg Nebraska Highway 133

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 4,328
1870 19,982 361.7%
1880 37,645 88.4%
1890 158,008 319.7%
1900 140,590 −11.0%
1910 168,546 19.9%
1920 204,524 21.3%
1930 232,982 13.9%
1940 247,562 6.3%
1950 281,020 13.5%
1960 343,490 22.2%
1970 389,455 13.4%
1980 397,038 1.9%
1990 416,444 4.9%
2000 463,585 11.3%
2010 517,110 11.5%
Est. 2015 550,064 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 517,110 people and 206,522 households residing in the county. The population density was 1,574 people per square mile (978/km²). There were 219,580 housing units at an average density of 669 per square mile (415/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.4% White, 11.6% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.7% from some other race, and 2.8% from two or more races. 11.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30% were of German, 15% Irish, 8.0% English, and 4.9% Italian ancestry according to the 2010 census.

The median income for a household in the county was $51,878, and the median income for a family was $67,666. Males had a median income of $44,542 versus $35,801 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,092. About 9.4% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

2000 Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 463,585 people, 182,194 households, and 115,146 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,401 people per square mile (541/km²). There were 192,672 housing units at an average density of 582 per square mile (225/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.96% White, 11.50% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.40% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 6.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.3% were of German, 11.5% Irish and 6.2% English ancestry according to the 2000 census.

There were 182,194 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.50% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,209, and the median income for a family was $54,651. Males had a median income of $36,577 versus $27,265 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,879. About 6.70% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.00% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

Villages

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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