Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska

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Scotts Bluff County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 36,951, making Scotts Bluff the 6th-largest county (by population) in Nebraska. Its county seat is Gering[1] and its largest city is Scottsbluff.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Scotts Bluff County is represented by the prefix 21 (it had the twenty-first-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

The county is named after a prominent bluff that served as a monument for 19th-century pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail. The bluff was named after a fur trapper named Hiram Scott who died near the bluff in 1828. The bluff is now managed by the National Park Service as Scotts Bluff National Monument. The town of Gering was founded at the base of the bluff in 1887, and the city of Scottsbluff was founded across the North Platte River from the bluff in 1900. Separated only by the river, the two cities have since grown together and now form the 7th-largest urban area in Nebraska.

Scotts Bluff County Airport (BFF) is the third busiest airport in Nebraska in terms of passenger boardings.

The economy of Scotts Bluff County is based on agriculture, with the primary crops being sugar beets, corn, and beans.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 746 square miles (1,931 km²), of which, 739 square miles (1,915 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (16 km²) of it (0.83%) is water.

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