Bellevue, Nebraska

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Bellevue (French for "Beautiful View") is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 44382 at the 2000 census, and in 2009 was estimated to be 51,044[3]. Eight miles south of Omaha, Bellevue is part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Originally settled in the 1830s, It was the first state capitol. Bellevue was incorporated in 1855 and is the oldest continuous town in Nebraska.[4] The Nebraska State Legislature has credited the town as being the second oldest settlement in Nebraska. It was once the seat of government in Nebraska.[5]



Bellevue is located at 41°9′31″N 95°56′3″W / 41.15861°N 95.93417°W / 41.15861; -95.93417 (41.158518, -95.934135)[6] at an elevation of 1159  ft (353 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.4 square miles (34.7 km²), of which, 13.3 square miles (34.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.7%) is water. It is bounded on the east by the Missouri River.

The Sarpy County Courthouse is located in nearby Papillion, Nebraska.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 44,382 people, 16,937 households, and 11,940 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,346.4 people per square mile (1,292.3/km²). There were 17,439 housing units at an average density of 1,314.9/sq mi (507.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.83% White, 6.13% African American, 0.50% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.78% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.88% of the population.

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