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Washington County
Washington County Courthouse in Blair
Washington County Courthouse in Blair
Map of Nebraska highlighting Washington 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 1854 (created)
1855 (reorganized)
Named for George Washington
Seat Blair
Largest city Blair
 • Total 393 sq mi (1,020 km2)
 • Land 390 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Water 3.2 sq mi (8 km2)  0.8%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 53/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Washington County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 20,234. Its county seat is Blair.

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

In the Nebraska license plate system, Washington County is represented by the prefix 29 (it had the 29th-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).


Washington County is in eastern Nebraska on the Missouri River. It was explored as early as 1739 by Pierre Antoine and Paul Mallet, who were on a trapping expedition to Canada. In 1804, Lewis and Clark reported the establishment of the new United States government to a council of Indian chiefs near the present site of Fort Calhoun. As a result of this Council, Fort Atkinson was established in 1819 and served as a key midwestern outpost until its abandonment in 1827.

The first permanent settlement in Washington County was made in 1854. In that same year, the county was organized as one of the eight original counties proclaimed by acting Governor Thomas B. Cuming; it was later reorganized in 1855. The county seat has been in three different towns: Fort Calhoun, DeSoto, and finally at Blair, its present site since 1869.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 393 square miles (1,020 km2), of which 390 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.8%) is water. It is Nebraska's fifth-smallest county by area.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge
  • DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,249
1870 4,452 256.4%
1880 8,631 93.9%
1890 11,869 37.5%
1900 13,086 10.3%
1910 12,738 −2.7%
1920 12,180 −4.4%
1930 12,095 −0.7%
1940 11,578 −4.3%
1950 11,511 −0.6%
1960 12,103 5.1%
1970 13,310 10.0%
1980 15,508 16.5%
1990 16,607 7.1%
2000 18,780 13.1%
2010 20,234 7.7%
2020 20,865 3.1%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,234 people and 8,022 households in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from two or more races. 3.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 94.4% of the county was Non-Hispanic White.

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 18,780 people, 6,940 households, and 5,149 families in the county. The population density was 48 people per square mile (19/km2). There were 7,408 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.12% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.1% were of German, 11.9% Danish, 9.0% Irish, 7.8% American and 7.0% English ancestry.

There were 6,940 households, out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.00% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 21.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.10% 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 3.09.

The county population contained 27.10% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,500, and the median income for a family was $56,429. Males had a median income of $36,901 versus $25,893 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,055. About 4.10% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways

  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • N-31.svg Nebraska Highway 31
  • N-91.svg Nebraska Highway 91
  • N-133.svg Nebraska Highway 133


Washington County contains Blair Municipal Airport, and several small privately owned grass airstrips, such as the Orum Aerodrome. There is also a helipad at the Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.


Washington County



Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


  • Township 1
  • Township 2
  • Township 5
  • Township 6
  • Township 7

See also

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