Richardson County, Nebraska

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Richardson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 9,531. Its county seat is Falls City[1]. In the Nebraska license plate system, Richardson County is represented by the prefix 19 (it had the nineteenth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922). Part of the Iowa Reservation of Kansas and Nebraska is located in the southeast corner of the county.



Richardson County was formed in 1855. It was named after William A. Richardson, a governor of the Nebraska Territory.[2]

On May 30, 1879, the "Irving, Kansas Tornado" passed through Richardson County. This tornado measured F4 on the Fujita scale, and had a damage path 800 yards (730 m) wide and 100 miles (160 km) long. Eighteen people were killed and sixty were injured in this tornado.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 556 square miles (1,440 km²), of which, 553 square miles (1,433 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) of it (0.49%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Nebraska is located on the Missouri River in Richardson County, where it flows out of Nebraska and into Kansas and Missouri.

A portion of the county, northeast of Rulo extends beyond the Missouri River, which is otherwise its border with the state of Missouri.

Adjacent counties


1860 - 2,835
1870 - 9,780
1880 - 15,031
1890 - 17,574
1900 - 19,614
1910 - 17,448
1920 - 18,968
1930 - 19,826
1940 - 19,178
1950 - 16,886
1960 - 13,903
1970 - 12,277
1980 - 11,315
1990 - 9,937
2000 - 9,531

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