POPULATION DENSITY BY COUNTY
Persons Per Square Mile
Nebraska - Census Years                              
County 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010   County 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
Adams 51.3 51.5 54.4 54.4 52.6 55.3 55.7 Jefferson 23.6 20.1 18.1 17.1 15.3 14.5 13.2
Antelope 13.6 11.9 10.6 10.1 9.3 8.7 7.8 Johnson 19.2 16.7 15.2 14.1 12.4 11.9 13.9
Arthur 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 Kearney 12.5 12.9 13.1 13.6 12.8 13.3 12.6
Banner 1.8 1.7 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.1 0.9 Keith 7.2 7.4 7.9 9.0 8.1 8.4 7.9
Blaine 1.7 1.4 1.2 1.2 0.9 0.8 0.7 Keya Paha 2.8 2.2 1.7 1.7 1.3 1.3 1.1
Boone 15.7 13.4 12.0 10.8 9.7 9.1 8.0 Kimball 4.5 8.4 6.3 5.1 4.3 4.3 4.0
Box Butte 11.5 11.0 9.5 12.7 12.2 11.3 10.5 Knox 13.4 12.0 10.6 10.4 8.6 8.5 7.9
Boyd 9.2 8.4 7.0 6.3 5.2 4.5 3.9 Lancaster 141.7 183.8 198.8 229.9 254.7 298.3 340.8
Brown 4.3 3.7 3.3 3.6 3.0 2.9 2.6 Lincoln 10.9 11.3 11.7 14.4 12.7 13.5 14.2
Buffalo 26.5 27.7 32.8 36.8 38.7 43.7 47.6 Logan 2.4 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.4 1.3
Burt 23.9 21.1 19.1 18.1 16.0 15.8 14.0 Loup 2.4 1.9 1.5 1.5 1.2 1.2 1.1
Butler 19.6 17.7 16.3 16.0 14.7 15.0 14.4 Madison 42.6 44.9 47.9 54.6 57.0 61.5 60.9
Cass 29.5 32.1 32.6 36.4 38.1 43.5 45.3 McPherson 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6
Cedar 18.7 18.0 16.4 15.4 13.7 13.0 12.0 Merrick 18.4 17.9 18.7 18.7 16.6 16.9 16.2
Chase 5.8 4.9 4.6 5.3 4.9 4.5 4.4 Morrill 5.9 5.0 4.1 4.3 3.8 3.8 3.5
Cherry 1.4 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 Nance 14.8 12.8 11.7 10.8 9.7 9.2 8.5
Cheyenne 10.2 12.5 9.1 8.4 7.9 8.2 8.4 Nemaha 27.4 22.8 22.5 20.5 19.5 18.5 17.8
Clay 15.3 15.3 14.5 14.1 12.4 12.3 11.4 Nuckolls 16.6 14.2 12.8 11.7 10.1 8.8 7.8
Colfax 24.7 23.6 23.5 24.1 22.1 25.3 25.5 Otoe 27.6 26.8 25.2 24.7 23.1 25.0 25.6
Cuming 22.8 21.8 21.1 20.3 17.7 17.8 16.0 Pawnee 15.6 12.4 10.3 9.1 7.7 7.1 6.4
Custer 7.5 6.5 5.5 5.4 4.8 4.6 4.2 Perkins 5.4 4.7 3.9 4.1 3.8 3.6 3.4
Dakota 40.8 47.7 51.5 64.2 63.4 76.7 79.5 Phelps 16.6 18.0 17.5 18.1 18.0 18.1 17.0
Dawes 7.0 6.9 7.0 6.9 6.5 6.5 6.6 Pierce 16.4 15.2 14.8 14.7 13.6 13.7 12.7
Dawson 19.9 19.9 20.0 22.7 19.7 24.1 24.0 Platte 29.9 36.0 39.5 43.1 44.0 46.7 47.8
Deuel 7.7 7.2 6.3 5.6 5.1 4.8 4.4 Polk 18.6 16.8 14.9 14.5 12.9 12.8 12.3
Dixon 19.2 17.0 15.5 15.1 12.9 13.3 12.6 Red Willow 18.7 18.1 17.0 17.6 16.3 16.0 15.4
Dodge 49.7 61.5 65.8 67.1 64.5 67.6 69.4 Richardson 30.7 25.3 22.4 20.5 18.0 17.2 15.2
Douglas 838.9 1,027.3 1,169.5 1,192.3 1,258.0 1,400.6 1,574.4 Rock 3.0 2.5 2.2 2.4 2.0 1.7 1.5
Dundy 4.7 3.9 3.2 3.1 2.8 2.5 2.2 Saline 24.4 21.8 22.3 22.8 22.1 24.1 24.7
Fillmore 16.7 16.3 14.1 13.8 12.3 11.5 10.2 Sarpy 65.7 132.6 280.5 361.4 426.2 508.7 664.6
Franklin 12.3 9.4 7.9 7.6 6.8 6.2 5.6 Saunders 22.3 22.8 22.5 24.9 24.2 26.3 27.7
Frontier 5.5 4.5 4.1 3.7 3.2 3.2 2.8 Scotts Bluff 46.8 46.6 50.2 52.9 48.7 50.0 50.0
Furnas 13.0 10.7 9.6 9.0 7.7 7.4 6.9 Seward 23.0 23.8 25.3 27.5 26.9 28.7 29.3
Gage 32.7 31.3 30.0 28.5 26.6 26.9 26.2 Sheridan 3.9 3.7 3.0 3.1 2.8 2.5 2.2
Garden 2.4 2.1 1.4 1.7 1.4 1.3 1.2 Sherman 11.3 9.4 8.3 7.5 6.6 5.9 5.6
Garfield 5.1 4.7 4.2 4.1 3.8 3.3 3.6 Sioux 1.5 1.3 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.6
Gosper 5.9 5.4 4.7 4.6 4.2 4.7 4.5 Stanton 14.8 13.4 13.4 15.2 14.5 15.0 14.3
Grant 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.8 Thayer 18.3 15.8 13.5 13.2 11.5 10.5 9.1
Greeley 9.8 8.1 7.0 6.1 5.3 4.8 4.5 Thomas 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.4 1.2 1.0 0.9
Hall 60.1 66.7 79.4 88.8 89.5 98.0 107.3 Thurston 22.1 18.7 17.9 18.4 17.6 18.2 17.6
Hamilton 16.4 16.2 16.4 17.2 16.3 17.3 16.8 Valley 12.8 11.6 10.2 9.9 9.1 8.2 7.5
Harlan 12.9 9.1 7.9 7.7 6.9 6.8 6.2 Washington 29.8 31.3 34.4 40.2 42.5 48.0 51.9
Hayes 3.4 2.7 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.5 1.4 Wayne 22.9 22.5 23.5 22.3 21.1 22.2 21.7
Hitchcock 8.2 6.8 5.7 5.8 5.3 4.4 4.1 Webster 12.9 10.8 9.4 8.4 7.4 7.1 6.6
Holt 6.2 5.7 5.4 5.6 5.2 4.8 4.3 Wheeler 2.7 2.3 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.4
Hooker 1.5 1.6 1.3 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.0 York 24.9 23.8 23.7 25.7 25.1 25.3 23.9
Howard 12.8 11.6 12.0 12.0 10.6 11.5 11.0   NEBRASKA 17.3 18.5 19.4 20.5 20.5 22.3 23.8
Source:  U. S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population, decennial, and March 2011
Last updated 8/31/2015
by Nebraska Databook
email: michael.lundeen@nebraska.gov