Lancaster County, Nebraska

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Lancaster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 250,291. The 2005 population estimate puts Lancaster County at 264,814. Its county seat is Lincoln[1], which is also the capital of Nebraska. The county was created in 1859, and the county seat was the village of Lancaster. Lancaster was renamed Lincoln after President Abraham Lincoln and became the state capital in 1867.

Lancaster County is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Lancaster County was represented by the prefix 2 (it had the second-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 Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy counties.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 847 square miles (2,193 km²), of which, 839 square miles (2,173 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it (0.92%) is water.

Adjacent counties


1860 - 153
1870 - 7,074
1880 - 28,090
1890 - 76,395
1900 - 64,835
1910 - 73,793
1920 - 85,902
1930 - 100,324
1940 - 100,585
1950 - 119,742
1960 - 155,272
1970 - 167,972
1980 - 192,884
1990 - 213,641
2000 - 250,291

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