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Douglas County, Nebraska

Douglas County, Nebraska
Seal of Douglas County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1854
Named for Stephen A. Douglas
Seat Omaha
Largest city Omaha
 • Total 339 sq mi (878 km2)
 • Land 328 sq mi (850 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 3.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 537,256
 • Density 1,574/sq mi (608/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .gov.douglascounty-newww

Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 517,110.[1] It is the state's most populous county, home to over one-fourth of Nebraska's residents. Its county seat is Omaha,[2] the state's largest city. The county was established in 1854 and named after Stephen A. Douglas (1813–1861), U.S. Senator from Illinois.[3][4]

Douglas County is included in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[5]

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.[6]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Government 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Villages 4.2
    • Census-designated places 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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.[7]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


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.


Douglas County is governed by a board of seven county commissioners, elected to four year terms. County courthouse positions are also elected on a partisan basis. Most of the county's offices are located at the Douglas County Courthouse.

District Commissioner
1 Mike Boyle
2 James Cavanaugh
3 Chris Rodgers (Chair)
4 P.J. Morgan
5 Marc Kraft
6 Mary Ann Borgeson
7 Clare Duda
Office Officeholder
Assessor/Register of Deeds Diane Battiato[13]
County Attorney Donald Kleine
County Clerk Kathleen Hall (Acting)[14]
Clerk of the District Court John Friend
County Engineer Tom Doyle
County Sheriff Tim Dunning
County Treasurer John W. Ewing
Public Defender Tom Riley




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "About Douglas County: History." Douglas County. Retrieved 9/17/07.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p. 55. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^  
  6. ^ "History Of Nebraska Passenger Vehicle License Plates". Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kelly: Diane Battiato was made to measure for county post". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  14. ^ It was a gift to know him': Longtime county clerk Tom Cavanaugh was dedicated to open government"'". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 

External links

  • Douglas County official website

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