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Lancaster County
Lancaster County Courthouse in Lincoln
Lancaster County Courthouse in Lincoln
Official seal of Lancaster County
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Map of Nebraska highlighting Lancaster 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 1859
Seat Lincoln
Largest city Lincoln
Area
 • Total 846 sq mi (2,190 km2)
 • Land 838 sq mi (2,170 km2)
 • Water 8.8 sq mi (23 km2)  1.0%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
319,090
 • Density 375/sq mi (145/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Lancaster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 322,608, making it the second-most populous county in Nebraska. Its county seat is Lincoln, the state capital. The county was created in 1859.

Lancaster County is part of the Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Lancaster County was represented by the prefix 2 (it had the second-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922). In 2002, the state discontinued the 1922 system in Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 846 square miles (2,190 km2), of which 838 square miles (2,170 km2) is land and 8.8 square miles (23 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • I-180.svg Interstate 180
  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • N-2.svg Nebraska Highway 2
  • N-33.svg Nebraska Highway 33
  • N-43.svg Nebraska Highway 43
  • N-79.svg Nebraska Highway 79

Climate

In 2004, Lancaster County was named a StormReady county by the National Weather Service.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 153
1870 7,074 4,523.5%
1880 28,090 297.1%
1890 76,395 172.0%
1900 64,835 −15.1%
1910 73,793 13.8%
1920 85,902 16.4%
1930 100,324 16.8%
1940 100,585 0.3%
1950 119,742 19.0%
1960 155,272 29.7%
1970 167,972 8.2%
1980 192,884 14.8%
1990 213,641 10.8%
2000 250,291 17.2%
2010 285,407 14.0%
2020 322,608 13.0%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 250,291 people, 99,187 households, and 60,702 families in the county. The population density was 298 people per square mile (115/km2). There were 104,217 housing units at an average density of 124 per square mile (48/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.07% White, 2.82% Black or African American, 0.64% Native American, 2.86% Asian American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.1% were of German, 7.9% English and 7.8% Irish ancestry.

There were 99,187 households, out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.80% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

The county population contained 23.50% under the age of 18, 15.40% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 20.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,850, and the median income for a family was $53,676. Males had a median income of $34,720 versus $25,614 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,265. About 5.50% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Census divisions

Lancaster County is divided into the following census divisions, called precincts, except for the City of Lincoln.

  • Buda
  • Centerville
  • Denton
  • Elk
  • Grant
  • Highland
  • Lancaster
  • City of Lincoln
  • Lincoln
  • Little Salt
  • Middle Creek
  • Mill
  • Nemaha
  • North Bluff
  • Oak
  • Olive Branch
  • Panama
  • Rock Creek
  • Saltillo
  • South Pass
  • Stevens Creek
  • Stockton
  • Waverly
  • West Oak
  • Yankee Hill

Notable native

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