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Population of Counties in Nebraska (2024)

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2024 Population
Growth Since 2020
Area (mi²)
Density (/mi²)
Douglas County592,9741.29%3261,819Douglas County location
Lancaster County328,9981.8%838393Lancaster County location
Sarpy County203,3456.37%238854Sarpy County location
Hall County62,298-0.74%547114Hall County location
Buffalo County50,8621.33%96853Buffalo County location
Dodge County37,3290.57%52971Dodge County location
Madison County35,8400.87%57363Madison County location
Scotts Bluff County35,629-1.17%74048Scotts Bluff County location
Platte County34,8631.68%67552Platte County location
Lincoln County33,116-4.1%2.6K13Lincoln County location
Adams County30,851-1.05%56355Adams County location
Cass County27,7404.24%55750Cass County location
Dawson County24,2650.75%1K24Dawson County location
Saunders County23,7496.15%74932Saunders County location
Gage County21,7040.22%85126Gage County location
Dakota County21,420-0.62%26481Dakota County location
Washington County21,1371%39054Washington County location
Seward County17,7170.56%57131Seward County location
Otoe County16,4843.67%61627Otoe County location
Saline County14,562-1.07%57425Saline County location
York County14,4002.11%57325York County location
Box Butte County10,701-1.17%1.1K10Box Butte County location
Colfax County10,6791.16%41126Colfax County location
Custer County10,6581.67%2.6K4Custer County location
Red Willow County10,386-2.77%71714Red Willow County location
Holt County10,1730.76%2.4K4Holt County location
Wayne County9,8491.58%44322Wayne County location
Hamilton County9,6352.5%54218Hamilton County location
Cheyenne County9,5560.77%1.2K8Cheyenne County location
Phelps County9,1261.64%54017Phelps County location
Cuming County8,883-1.4%57016Cuming County location
Butler County8,4751.38%58514Butler County location
Knox County8,289-1.13%1.1K7Knox County location
Cedar County8,158-2.59%74011Cedar County location
Keith County8,047-3.3%1.1K8Keith County location
Dawes County8,014-1.74%1.4K6Dawes County location
Merrick County7,7951.75%48816Merrick County location
Richardson County7,648-2.72%55214Richardson County location
Pierce County7,281-0.87%57313Pierce County location
Nemaha County7,1160.48%40717Nemaha County location
Jefferson County6,968-4.01%57012Jefferson County location
Kearney County6,8342.18%51613Kearney County location
Burt County6,684-0.52%49214Burt County location
Thurston County6,559-3.03%39417Thurston County location
Howard County6,5450.96%56912Howard County location
Antelope County6,2990.32%8577Antelope County location
Clay County6,1831.36%57211Clay County location
Stanton County5,9472.02%42814Stanton County location
Fillmore County5,555-0.34%57510Fillmore County location
Cherry County5,4990.86%6K1Cherry County location
Dixon County5,466-2.31%47611Dixon County location
Boone County5,254-1.92%6878Boone County location
Polk County5,216-0.04%43912Polk County location
Johnson County5,151-2.7%37614Johnson County location
Sheridan County4,850-4.83%2.4K2Sheridan County location
Thayer County4,804-4.3%5748Thayer County location
Furnas County4,542-1.82%7196Furnas County location
Morrill County4,486-1.62%1.4K3Morrill County location
Nuckolls County4,1210.68%5757Nuckolls County location
Valley County3,966-2.24%5687Valley County location
Chase County3,694-4.99%8944Chase County location
Webster County3,363-0.85%5756Webster County location
Kimball County3,242-4.98%9523Kimball County location
Nance County3,231-4.69%4427Nance County location
Harlan County3,0580.03%5536Harlan County location
Sherman County2,9600.14%5665Sherman County location
Brown County2,823-2.52%1.2K2Brown County location
Franklin County2,800-3.08%5765Franklin County location
Perkins County2,763-3.32%8833Perkins County location
Frontier County2,5592.32%9753Frontier County location
Pawnee County2,493-1.7%4316Pawnee County location
Hitchcock County2,490-4.89%7104Hitchcock County location
Greeley County2,2031.1%5704Greeley County location
Gosper County1,859-1.95%4584Gosper County location
Deuel County1,8410.55%4404Deuel County location
Garden County1,753-7.05%1.7K1Garden County location
Garfield County1,739-3.76%5693Garfield County location
Boyd County1,720-4.5%5393Boyd County location
Dundy County1,527-7.68%9202Dundy County location
Rock County1,3012.85%1K1Rock County location
Sioux County1,1813.6%2.1K1Sioux County location
Hayes County828-3.27%7131Hayes County location
Keya Paha County8055.92%7731Keya Paha County location
Wheeler County768-0.9%5751Wheeler County location
Banner County6911.77%7461Banner County location
Thomas County6892.68%7131Thomas County location
Hooker County676-4.11%7211Hooker County location
Logan County625-12.59%5711Logan County location
Loup County583-4.27%5631Loup County location
Grant County546-10.93%7771Grant County location
Blaine County420-1.64%7111Blaine County location
Arthur County399-6.99%7151Arthur County location
McPherson County387-2.52%8590.45McPherson County location
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There are 93 counties in Nebraska. The largest county by population is Douglas County, which has a population of 566,880 and is home to Omaha. It is the only county in Nebraska to have over 500,000 people. It comprises 29.38% of the state’s total population and has grown 9.32% since the 2010 Census. The second-largest county by population in Nebraska is Lancaster County, home to 317,272 residents. Lancaster County is also home to Lincoln, the state capital. This is followed by Sarpy County, which has 184,459 residents. These three counties are the only counties in Nebraska with populations over 100,000 people.

Nebraska Counties with the Fewest Residents

The smallest county in Nebraska in terms of population is Blaine County. Blaine County’s population is only 435 people, resulting in a population density of just 0.76 persons per square kilometer. Since 2010, the population has declined by 9%. About 0.02% of Nebraska’s total population lives in Blaine County.

The second-smallest county in Nebraska is Arthur County, which has a population of 465 people. Arthur County’s population density is just 0.81 persons per square kilometer.

Other counties in Nebraska with populations under 1,000 are McPherson, Loup, Grant, Thomas, Hooker, Banner, Wheeler, Logan, Keya Paha, and Hayes.

Nebraska Counties with Rapid Growth

Three Nebraska counties have experienced double-digit growth since 2010: Sarpy County (15.49%), Thomas (11.28%), and Lancaster (10.87%). Other counties that have experienced significant growth since 2010 are Douglas (9.32%), Buffalo (7.45%), and Banner (5.64%).

While some counties have experienced significant population growth, many have seen a population decline. Dundy County has experienced the highest population decline since 2010 of 11.85%, followed by Sioux County (9.46%) and McPherson (8.72%).

Population of Counties in Nebraska (2024)

Lists of Counties in all States

  1. Nebraska State Data Center
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)