Saunders County, Nebraska

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Saunders County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The population was 19,830 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is Wahoo[1]. It is one of five Nebraska counties in the eight-county Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.[2]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Saunders County is represented by the prefix 6 (the county had the sixth-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 759 square miles (1,965 km²), of which, 754 square miles (1,953 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (13 km²) of it (0.65%) is water.

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Saunders County was formed in 1856. It was named after Alvin Saunders, a governor of the earlier territory.[3]


1870 - 4,547
1880 - 15,810
1890 - 21,577
1900 - 22,085
1910 - 21,179
1920 - 20,589
1930 - 20,167
1940 - 17,892
1950 - 16,923
1960 - 17,270
1970 - 17,018
1980 - 18,716
1990 - 18,285
2000 - 19,830

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 19,830 people, 7,498 households, and 5,443 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 8,266 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.49% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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