Dawes County, Nebraska

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Dawes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 9,060. Its county seat is Chadron.[1]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Dawes County is represented by the prefix 69 (it had the sixty-ninth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,401 square miles (3,628.6 km2), of which 1,396 square miles (3,615.6 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.33%) is water.[2]

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Dawes County was formed in 1885. It was named after Governor James W. Dawes.[3]


1890 - 9,722
1900 - 6,215
1910 - 8,254
1920 - 10,160
1930 - 11,493
1940 - 10,128
1950 - 9,708
1960 - 9,536
1970 - 9,761
1980 - 9,609
1990 - 9,021
2000 - 9,060

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,060 people, 3,512 households, and 2,086 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,004 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.34% White, 0.81% Black or African American, 2.88% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 2.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.0% were of German, 9.9% English, 9.2% Irish and 7.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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