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Counties of Nebraska
Location State of Nebraska
Number 93
Populations 444 (Arthur) – 463,585 (Douglas)
Areas 241 square miles (620 km2) (Sarpy) – 5,961 square miles (15,440 km2) (Cherry)
Government County government
Subdivisions cities, towns, townships, unincorporated communities, indian reservations, census designated place

The following is a list of the 93 counties in the U.S. state of Nebraska, listed by name, FIPS code and license plate prefix.

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

When many counties were formed, the bills establishing them did not state the honoree's full name; thus the namesakes of several counties, including Brown, Deuel, Dixon, and possibly Harlan, are known only by their surnames.

County list

FIPS code County seat Established Origin Etymology License plate prefix
Population Area Map
Adams County 001 Hastings 1867 Unorganized territory John Adams, Founding Father and the second President of the United States 14 &&&&&&&&&&031610.&&&&&031,610 &&&&&&&&&&&&0563.&&&&&0563 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01458.&&&&&01,458 km2)
State map highlighting Adams County
Antelope County 003 Neligh 1871 Unorganized territory Pronghorn, often called antelope 26 &&&&&&&&&&&06456.&&&&&06,456 &&&&&&&&&&&&0857.&&&&&0857 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02220.&&&&&02,220 km2)
State map highlighting Antelope County
Arthur County 005 Arthur 1887 Unorganized territory Chester A. Arthur, twenty-first president of the United States 91 &&&&&&&&&&&&0458.&&&&&0458 &&&&&&&&&&&&0715.&&&&&0715 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01852.&&&&&01,852 km2)
State map highlighting Arthur County
Banner County 007 Harrisburg 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Named for the hope of the early settlers to make the county the "banner county" of the state 85 &&&&&&&&&&&&0759.&&&&&0759 &&&&&&&&&&&&0746.&&&&&0746 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01932.&&&&&01,932 km2)
State map highlighting Banner County
Blaine County 009 Brewster 1885 Unorganized territory James G. Blaine (1843-1923), Representative, Speaker of the House, Senator from Maine, Secretary of State, and Republican candidate in the 1884 presidential election 86 &&&&&&&&&&&&0482.&&&&&0482 &&&&&&&&&&&&0711.&&&&&0711 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01841.&&&&&01,841 km2)
State map highlighting Blaine County
Boone County 011 Albion 1871 Unorganized territory Daniel Boone, American pioneer and trapper 23 &&&&&&&&&&&05388.&&&&&05,388 &&&&&&&&&&&&0687.&&&&&0687 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01779.&&&&&01,779 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Box Butte County 013 Alliance 1887 Formed from Dawes County Named for a large box-shaped butte located approximately six miles north of Alliance, Nebraska, the county seat. 65 &&&&&&&&&&011305.&&&&&011,305 &&&&&&&&&&&01075.&&&&&01,075 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02784.&&&&&02,784 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 &&&&&&&&&&&02032.&&&&&02,032 &&&&&&&&&&&&0540.&&&&&0540 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01399.&&&&&01,399 km2)
State map highlighting Boyd County
Brown County 017 Ainsworth 1883 Unorganized territory The Brown family of early settlers 75 &&&&&&&&&&&02926.&&&&&02,926 &&&&&&&&&&&01221.&&&&&01,221 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03162.&&&&&03,162 km2)
State map highlighting Brown County
Buffalo County 019 Kearney 1855 Unorganized territory Named for the American Bison which once roamed the present county 9 &&&&&&&&&&047893.&&&&&047,893 &&&&&&&&&&&&0968.&&&&&0968 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02507.&&&&&02,507 km2)
State map highlighting Buffalo County
Burt County 021 Tekamah 1854 One of nine original counties Francis Burt, the first territorial governor of Nebraska who died after two days in office. 31 &&&&&&&&&&&06574.&&&&&06,574 &&&&&&&&&&&&0493.&&&&&0493 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01277.&&&&&01,277 km2)
State map highlighting Burt County
Butler County 023 David City 1856 Formed from Greene County William Orlando Butler, U.S. Congressman from Kentucky and Mexican-American War hero 25 &&&&&&&&&&&08312.&&&&&08,312 &&&&&&&&&&&&0584.&&&&&0584 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01513.&&&&&01,513 km2)
State map highlighting Butler County
Cass County 025 Plattsmouth 1854 One of nine original counties Lewis Cass, the territorial administrator and U.S. Senator from Michigan 20 &&&&&&&&&&025357.&&&&&025,357 &&&&&&&&&&&&0559.&&&&&0559 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01448.&&&&&01,448 km2)
State map highlighting Cass County
Cedar County 027 Hartington 1857 Formed from Dixon and Pierce Counties Named for the eastern red cedars present in the county 13 &&&&&&&&&&&08711.&&&&&08,711 &&&&&&&&&&&&0740.&&&&&0740 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01917.&&&&&01,917 km2)
State map highlighting Cedar County
Chase County 029 Imperial 1873 Unorganized territory Champion S. Chase, a mayor of Omaha, Nebraska who served as Nebraska's first attorney general 72 &&&&&&&&&&&04000.&&&&&04,000 &&&&&&&&&&&&0894.&&&&&0894 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02315.&&&&&02,315 km2)
State map highlighting Chase County
Cherry County 031 Valentine 1883 Unorganized territory Samuel A. Cherry, army lieutenant killed in the Indian Wars 66 &&&&&&&&&&&05788.&&&&&05,788 &&&&&&&&&&&05961.&&&&&05,961 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&015439.&&&&&015,439 km2)
State map highlighting Cherry County
Cheyenne County 033 Sidney 1867 Unorganized territory Named for the Cheyenne Native American tribe 39 &&&&&&&&&&010091.&&&&&010,091 &&&&&&&&&&&01196.&&&&&01,196 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03098.&&&&&03,098 km2)
State map highlighting Cheyenne County
Clay County 035 Clay Center 1855 Formed from unorganized territory Henry Clay, the Senator from Kentucky, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate 30 &&&&&&&&&&&06392.&&&&&06,392 &&&&&&&&&&&&0573.&&&&&0573 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01484.&&&&&01,484 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Colfax County 037 Schuyler 1869 Formed from Platte County Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Vice President of the United States 43 &&&&&&&&&&010425.&&&&&010,425 &&&&&&&&&&&&0413.&&&&&0413 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01070.&&&&&01,070 km2)
State map highlighting Colfax County
Cuming County 039 West Point 1855 Formed from Burt County Thomas B. Cuming, first Secretary of Nebraska Territory 24 &&&&&&&&&&&08996.&&&&&08,996 &&&&&&&&&&&&0572.&&&&&0572 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01481.&&&&&01,481 km2)
State map highlighting Cuming County
Custer County 041 Broken Bow 1877 Unorganized territory George Armstrong Custer, general in the Civil War and Indian Wars 4 &&&&&&&&&&010792.&&&&&010,792 &&&&&&&&&&&02576.&&&&&02,576 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&06672.&&&&&06,672 km2)
State map highlighting Custer County
Dakota County 043 Dakota City 1855 Formed from Burt County Named for the Dakota branch of the Sioux Native American tribe 70 &&&&&&&&&&020947.&&&&&020,947 &&&&&&&&&&&&0264.&&&&&0264 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0684.&&&&&0684 km2)
State map highlighting Dakota County
Dawes County 045 Chadron 1885 Formed from Sioux County James W. Dawes, the sixth governor of Nebraska 69 &&&&&&&&&&&09088.&&&&&09,088 &&&&&&&&&&&01396.&&&&&01,396 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03616.&&&&&03,616 km2)
State map highlighting Dawes County
Dawson County 047 Lexington 1860 Unorganized territory Jacob Dawson, the first postmaster in present-day Lincoln, Nebraska, the state capital 18 &&&&&&&&&&024207.&&&&&024,207 &&&&&&&&&&&01013.&&&&&01,013 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02624.&&&&&02,624 km2)
State map highlighting Dawson County
Deuel County 049 Chappell 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County The Deuel family of early settlers 78 &&&&&&&&&&&01937.&&&&&01,937 &&&&&&&&&&&&0440.&&&&&0440 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01140.&&&&&01,140 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 &&&&&&&&&&&05851.&&&&&05,851 &&&&&&&&&&&&0476.&&&&&0476 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01233.&&&&&01,233 km2)
State map highlighting Dixon County
Dodge County 053 Fremont 1854 One of nine original counties Augustus Caesar Dodge, a United States senator from Iowa who was a supporter of the Kansas-Nebraska Act 5 &&&&&&&&&&036515.&&&&&036,515 &&&&&&&&&&&&0534.&&&&&0534 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01383.&&&&&01,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dodge County
Douglas County 055 Omaha 1854 One of nine original counties Stephen Arnold Douglas, the American statesman, U. S. senator, and presidential candidate 1 &&&&&&&&&0537256.&&&&&0537,256 &&&&&&&&&&&&0331.&&&&&0331 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0857.&&&&&0857 km2)
State map highlighting Douglas County
Dundy County 057 Benkelman 1873 Unorganized territory Elmer Scipio Dundy, a U.S. Circuit Court judge from Nebraska 76 &&&&&&&&&&&01981.&&&&&01,981 &&&&&&&&&&&&0920.&&&&&0920 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02383.&&&&&02,383 km2)
State map highlighting Dundy County
Fillmore County 059 Geneva 1856 Formed from Jackson County and unorganized territory Millard Fillmore, the thirteenth president of the United States 34 &&&&&&&&&&&05698.&&&&&05,698 &&&&&&&&&&&&0576.&&&&&0576 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01492.&&&&&01,492 km2)
State map highlighting Fillmore County
Franklin County 061 Franklin 1867 Formed from Kearney County Benjamin Franklin, the Founding Father, printer, scientist, and diplomat 50 &&&&&&&&&&&03085.&&&&&03,085 &&&&&&&&&&&&0576.&&&&&0576 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01492.&&&&&01,492 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Frontier County 063 Stockville 1872 Unorganized territory Named for the fact that it was located in what was referred to at that time as part of the Nebraska frontier 60 &&&&&&&&&&&02709.&&&&&02,709 &&&&&&&&&&&&0975.&&&&&0975 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02525.&&&&&02,525 km2)
State map highlighting Frontier County
Furnas County 065 Beaver City 1873 Unorganized territory Robert Wilkinson Furnas, the third governor of Nebraska 38 &&&&&&&&&&&04865.&&&&&04,865 &&&&&&&&&&&&0718.&&&&&0718 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01860.&&&&&01,860 km2)
State map highlighting Furnas County
Gage County 067 Beatrice 1855 Unorganized territory William D. Gage, a Methodist minister who served as chaplain of the state legislature at the time the county was established 3 &&&&&&&&&&021864.&&&&&021,864 &&&&&&&&&&&&0855.&&&&&0855 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02214.&&&&&02,214 km2)
State map highlighting Gage County
Garden County 069 Oshkosh 1910 Formed from Deuel County Named for the hopes of two real estate agents and citizens of the county seat, Oshkosh, Nebraska, that the county would be the "garden spot of the west" 77 &&&&&&&&&&&01902.&&&&&01,902 &&&&&&&&&&&01705.&&&&&01,705 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&04416.&&&&&04,416 km2)
State map highlighting Garden County
Garfield County 071 Burwell 1884 Formed from Wheeler County James Abram Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States 83 &&&&&&&&&&&02035.&&&&&02,035 &&&&&&&&&&&&0570.&&&&&0570 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01476.&&&&&01,476 km2)
State map highlighting Garfield County
Gosper County 073 Elwood 1873 Unorganized territory John J. Gosper, the secretary of state for Nebraska at the time of the county's formation 73 &&&&&&&&&&&01972.&&&&&01,972 &&&&&&&&&&&&0458.&&&&&0458 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01186.&&&&&01,186 km2)
State map highlighting Gosper County
Grant County 075 Hyannis 1887 Unorganized territory Ulysses Simpson Grant, the eighteenth president of the United States and American Civil War general 92 &&&&&&&&&&&&0633.&&&&&0633 &&&&&&&&&&&&0776.&&&&&0776 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02010.&&&&&02,010 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Greeley County 077 Greeley 1871 Unorganized territory Horace Greeley, the pioneering American journalist 62 &&&&&&&&&&&02494.&&&&&02,494 &&&&&&&&&&&&0570.&&&&&0570 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01476.&&&&&01,476 km2)
State map highlighting Greeley County
Hall County 079 Grand Island 1858 Unorganized territory Augustus Hall, the chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court at the time the county was created 8 &&&&&&&&&&060720.&&&&&060,720 &&&&&&&&&&&&0546.&&&&&0546 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01414.&&&&&01,414 km2)
State map highlighting Hall County
Hamilton County 081 Aurora 1867 Unorganized territory Alexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury 28 &&&&&&&&&&&09112.&&&&&09,112 &&&&&&&&&&&&0544.&&&&&0544 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01409.&&&&&01,409 km2)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Harlan County 083 Alma 1871 Formed from Kearney County Disputed; either James Harlan, Secretary of the Interior 1865-1866; or a revenue collector named Harlan who lived near Republican City 51 &&&&&&&&&&&03513.&&&&&03,513 &&&&&&&&&&&&0553.&&&&&0553 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01432.&&&&&01,432 km2)
State map highlighting Harlan County
Hayes County 085 Hayes Center 1877 Unorganized territory Rutherford Birchard Hayes, the nineteenth president of the United States 79 &&&&&&&&&&&&0976.&&&&&0976 &&&&&&&&&&&&0713.&&&&&0713 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01847.&&&&&01,847 km2)
State map highlighting Hayes County
Hitchcock County 087 Trenton 1873 Unorganized territory Phineas Warren Hitchcock, a U.S. Senator from Nebraska 67 &&&&&&&&&&&02872.&&&&&02,872 &&&&&&&&&&&&0710.&&&&&0710 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01839.&&&&&01,839 km2)
State map highlighting Hitchcock County
Holt County 089 O'Neill 1860 Unorganized territory Joseph Holt, a U.S. Postmaster General and U.S. Secretary of War under James Buchanan 36 &&&&&&&&&&010449.&&&&&010,449 &&&&&&&&&&&02413.&&&&&02,413 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&06250.&&&&&06,250 km2)
State map highlighting Holt County
Hooker County 091 Mullen 1889 Unorganized territory Joseph Hooker, an American Civil War general 93 &&&&&&&&&&&&0738.&&&&&0738 &&&&&&&&&&&&0721.&&&&&0721 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01867.&&&&&01,867 km2)
State map highlighting Hooker County
Howard County 093 Saint Paul 1871 Formed from Hall County Oliver Otis Howard, an American Civil War general 49 &&&&&&&&&&&06355.&&&&&06,355 &&&&&&&&&&&&0570.&&&&&0570 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01476.&&&&&01,476 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Jefferson County 095 Fairbury 1856 Unorganized territory Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States 33 &&&&&&&&&&&07560.&&&&&07,560 &&&&&&&&&&&&0573.&&&&&0573 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01484.&&&&&01,484 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 097 Tecumseh 1857 Formed from Nemaha and Otoe Counties Richard Mentor Johnson, the ninth vice president of the United States 57 &&&&&&&&&&&05144.&&&&&05,144 &&&&&&&&&&&&0376.&&&&&0376 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0974.&&&&&0974 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Kearney County 099 Minden 1860 Unorganized territory Named for Fort Kearny - when the county was created the fort's name was misspelled 52 &&&&&&&&&&&06548.&&&&&06,548 &&&&&&&&&&&&0516.&&&&&0516 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01336.&&&&&01,336 km2)
State map highlighting Kearney County
Keith County 101 Ogallala 1873 Unorganized territory M. C. Keith, who owned one of the largest ranches in western Nebraska at the time 68 &&&&&&&&&&&08130.&&&&&08,130 &&&&&&&&&&&01061.&&&&&01,061 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02748.&&&&&02,748 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, which, translated, mean turtle hill river 82 &&&&&&&&&&&&0790.&&&&&0790 &&&&&&&&&&&&0773.&&&&&0773 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02002.&&&&&02,002 km2)
State map highlighting Keya Paha County
Kimball County 105 Kimball 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Thomas L. Kimball, an official of the Union Pacific Railroad 71 &&&&&&&&&&&03702.&&&&&03,702 &&&&&&&&&&&&0952.&&&&&0952 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02466.&&&&&02,466 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, the first United States Secretary of War 12 &&&&&&&&&&&08565.&&&&&08,565 &&&&&&&&&&&01108.&&&&&01,108 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02870.&&&&&02,870 km2)
State map highlighting Knox County
Lancaster County 109 Lincoln 1855 Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties The cities of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Lancaster, England. 2 &&&&&&&&&0297036.&&&&&0297,036 &&&&&&&&&&&&0839.&&&&&0839 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02173.&&&&&02,173 km2)
State map highlighting Lancaster County
Lincoln County 111 North Platte 1860 Unorganized territory Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States 15 &&&&&&&&&&036051.&&&&&036,051 &&&&&&&&&&&02564.&&&&&02,564 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&06641.&&&&&06,641 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Logan County 113 Stapleton 1885 Unorganized territory John Alexander Logan, a general in the American Civil War 87 &&&&&&&&&&&&0763.&&&&&0763 &&&&&&&&&&&&0571.&&&&&0571 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01479.&&&&&01,479 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Loup County 115 Taylor 1883 Unorganized territory Loup River which in turn is named for the French word loup which means wolf 88 &&&&&&&&&&&&0576.&&&&&0576 &&&&&&&&&&&&0570.&&&&&0570 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01476.&&&&&01,476 km2)
State map highlighting Loup County
Madison County 119 Madison 1856 Formed from Loup County, and McNeale County, and unorganized territory Either James Madison, the fourth president of the United States; or, more likely, Madison, Wisconsin, where most of the new county's settlers were from 7 &&&&&&&&&&035278.&&&&&035,278 &&&&&&&&&&&&0573.&&&&&0573 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01484.&&&&&01,484 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
McPherson County 117 Tryon 1887 Unorganized territory James Birdseye McPherson, a general in the American Civil War 90 &&&&&&&&&&&&0526.&&&&&0526 &&&&&&&&&&&&0859.&&&&&0859 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02225.&&&&&02,225 km2)
State map highlighting McPherson County
Merrick County 121 Central City 1858 Formed from Polk County and unorganized territory Elvira Merrick, wife of Henry W. DePuy, a territorial legislator 46 &&&&&&&&&&&07802.&&&&&07,802 &&&&&&&&&&&&0485.&&&&&0485 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01256.&&&&&01,256 km2)
State map highlighting Merrick County
Morrill County 123 Bridgeport 1908 Formed from Cheyenne County Charles Henry Morrill, a president of the Lincoln Land Company 64 &&&&&&&&&&&04908.&&&&&04,908 &&&&&&&&&&&01424.&&&&&01,424 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03688.&&&&&03,688 km2)
State map highlighting Morrill County
Nance County 125 Fullerton 1879 Formed from a Pawnee Indian reservation Albinus Nance, the fourth governor of Nebraska 58 &&&&&&&&&&&03623.&&&&&03,623 &&&&&&&&&&&&0441.&&&&&0441 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01142.&&&&&01,142 km2)
State map highlighting Nance County
Nemaha County 127 Auburn 1854 One of nine original counties Nimaha, the Oto name meaning miry water for a stream which crossed the county and emptied into the Missouri River 44 &&&&&&&&&&&07157.&&&&&07,157 &&&&&&&&&&&&0409.&&&&&0409 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01059.&&&&&01,059 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 &&&&&&&&&&&04413.&&&&&04,413 &&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01489.&&&&&01,489 km2)
State map highlighting Nuckolls County
Otoe County 131 Nebraska City 1854 One of nine original counties Oto (also Otoe) Native American tribe 11 &&&&&&&&&&015752.&&&&&015,752 &&&&&&&&&&&&0616.&&&&&0616 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01595.&&&&&01,595 km2)
State map highlighting Otoe County
Pawnee County 133 Pawnee City 1855 Formed from Richardson County Pawnee Native American tribe 54 &&&&&&&&&&&02709.&&&&&02,709 &&&&&&&&&&&&0432.&&&&&0432 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01119.&&&&&01,119 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 &&&&&&&&&&&02921.&&&&&02,921 &&&&&&&&&&&&0883.&&&&&0883 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02287.&&&&&02,287 km2)
State map highlighting Perkins County
Phelps County 137 Holdrege 1873 Formed from Kearney County William Phelps, a riverboat captain on the Mississippi River who is alleged to have settled in the area 37 &&&&&&&&&&&09213.&&&&&09,213 &&&&&&&&&&&&0540.&&&&&0540 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01399.&&&&&01,399 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 &&&&&&&&&&&07510.&&&&&07,510 &&&&&&&&&&&&0574.&&&&&0574 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01487.&&&&&01,487 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 &&&&&&&&&&032505.&&&&&032,505 &&&&&&&&&&&&0678.&&&&&0678 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01756.&&&&&01,756 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 &&&&&&&&&&&05275.&&&&&05,275 &&&&&&&&&&&&0439.&&&&&0439 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01137.&&&&&01,137 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Red Willow County 145 McCook 1873 Unorganized territory Red Willow Creek, which runs through the area 48 &&&&&&&&&&011006.&&&&&011,006 &&&&&&&&&&&&0717.&&&&&0717 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01857.&&&&&01,857 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 &&&&&&&&&&&08125.&&&&&08,125 &&&&&&&&&&&&0554.&&&&&0554 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01435.&&&&&01,435 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 &&&&&&&&&&&01411.&&&&&01,411 &&&&&&&&&&&01008.&&&&&01,008 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02611.&&&&&02,611 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 &&&&&&&&&&014416.&&&&&014,416 &&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01489.&&&&&01,489 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 &&&&&&&&&0169331.&&&&&0169,331 &&&&&&&&&&&&0241.&&&&&0241 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0624.&&&&&0624 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 &&&&&&&&&&020929.&&&&&020,929 &&&&&&&&&&&&0754.&&&&&0754 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01953.&&&&&01,953 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 &&&&&&&&&&036848.&&&&&036,848 &&&&&&&&&&&&0739.&&&&&0739 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01914.&&&&&01,914 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 &&&&&&&&&&017089.&&&&&017,089 &&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01489.&&&&&01,489 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 &&&&&&&&&&&05251.&&&&&05,251 &&&&&&&&&&&02441.&&&&&02,441 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&06322.&&&&&06,322 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 &&&&&&&&&&&03106.&&&&&03,106 &&&&&&&&&&&&0566.&&&&&0566 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01466.&&&&&01,466 km2)
State map highlighting Sherman County
Sioux County 165 Harrison 1877 Unorganized territory Sioux Native American tribe 80 &&&&&&&&&&&01475.&&&&&01,475 &&&&&&&&&&&01313.&&&&&01,313 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03401.&&&&&03,401 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 &&&&&&&&&&&06133.&&&&&06,133 &&&&&&&&&&&&0430.&&&&&0430 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01114.&&&&&01,114 km2)
State map highlighting Stanton County
Thayer County 169 Hebron 1871 Formed from Jefferson County John Milton Thayer, the seventh governor of Nebraska 32 &&&&&&&&&&&05189.&&&&&05,189 &&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01489.&&&&&01,489 km2)
State map highlighting Thayer County
Thomas County 171 Thedford 1887 Unorganized territory George Henry Thomas, a general in the American Civil War 89 &&&&&&&&&&&&0699.&&&&&0699 &&&&&&&&&&&&0713.&&&&&0713 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01847.&&&&&01,847 km2)
State map highlighting Thomas County
Thurston County 173 Pender 1889 Formed form Blackbird County and an Omaha Indian reservation John Mellen Thurston, a U. S. senator from Nebraska 55 &&&&&&&&&&&06895.&&&&&06,895 &&&&&&&&&&&&0394.&&&&&0394 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01020.&&&&&01,020 km2)
State map highlighting Thurston County
Valley County 175 Ord 1871 Unorganized territory Named for the many valleys in the area 47 &&&&&&&&&&&04193.&&&&&04,193 &&&&&&&&&&&&0568.&&&&&0568 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01471.&&&&&01,471 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 &&&&&&&&&&020223.&&&&&020,223 &&&&&&&&&&&&0390.&&&&&0390 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01010.&&&&&01,010 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 &&&&&&&&&&&09411.&&&&&09,411 &&&&&&&&&&&&0444.&&&&&0444 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01150.&&&&&01,150 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 &&&&&&&&&&&03688.&&&&&03,688 &&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01489.&&&&&01,489 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 &&&&&&&&&&&&0759.&&&&&0759 &&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01489.&&&&&01,489 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 &&&&&&&&&&013883.&&&&&013,883 &&&&&&&&&&&&0576.&&&&&0576 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01492.&&&&&01,492 km2)
State map highlighting York County

Former counties of Nebraska:

  • Clay (1855-1864) Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved into Gage and Lancaster County.
  • Jackson (1855-1856) Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved to Fillmore County and unorganized territory
  • Johnson (1855-1856) Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved to unorganized territory
  • Blackbird (1855-1888) Formed from Burt County and dissolved to Thurston County
  • Loup (1855-1856) Formed from Burt and Un-Organized and then dissolved Madison, Monroe and Platte Counties
  • Jones (1856-1866) Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved into Jefferson County.
  • Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Lynn, Monroe and Taylor counties listed in 1870 - see map
  • West (1860-1862) Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved into Holt County
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