Douglas County, Nebraska

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As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 463,585 people, 182,194 households, and 115,146 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,401 people per square mile (541/km²). There were 192,672 housing units at an average density of 582 per square mile (225/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.96% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 11.50% Black
Race (United States Census)
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 or African American
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, 0.61% Native American
Race (United States Census)
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, 1.71% Asian
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.05% Pacific Islander
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, 3.40% from other races
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, and 1.76% from two or more races. 6.67% of the population were Hispanic
Race (United States Census)
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 or Latino
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 of any race. 26.3% were of German, 11.5% Irish
Irish people
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 and 6.2% English
English people
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 ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 182,194 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.50% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,209, and the median income for a family was $54,651. Males had a median income of $36,577 versus $27,265 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the county was $22,879. About 6.70% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.00% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

Government


Douglas County is governed by a board of seven county commissioners, elected to four year terms. County courthouse positions are also elected on a partisan
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 basis. Most of the county's offices are located at the Douglas County Courthouse
Douglas County Courthouse (Omaha)
The present Douglas County Courthouse is located at 1701 Farnam Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Built in 1912, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Notable events at the courthouse include two lynchings and the city's first Civil Rights Era sit-in protest...

.
District Commissioner
1 Mike Boyle
Mike Boyle
Mike Boyle is a former mayor of Omaha, Nebraska and is a current member of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners...

2 Pam Tusa
3 Chris Rodgers (Chair)
4 Kyle Hutchings
5 Marc Kraft
6 Mary Ann Borgeson
7 Clare Duda

Office Officeholder
County Assessor
Assessor (property)
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Roger Morrissey
County Attorney
County attorney
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Donald Kleine
County Clerk  Tom Cavanaugh
Clerk of the District Court
Court clerk
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John Friend
County Engineer Tom Doyle
Register of Deeds  Diane Battiato
County Sheriff  Tim Dunning
County Treasurer
Treasurer
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John W. Ewing
Public Defender
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Tom Riley

Cities

  • Bennington
    Bennington, Nebraska
    Bennington is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 937 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Bennington is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all land....

  • Omaha
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, United States, and is the county seat of Douglas County. It is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 20 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River...

  • Ralston
    Ralston, Nebraska
    Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,314 at the 2000 census. Ralston is geographically surrounded by Omaha, Nebraska but is a separate city. Since Ralston's population is below 10,000, state law technically allows for Omaha to forcibly annex Ralston...

  • Valley
    Valley, Nebraska
    Valley is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,788 at the 2000 census.Valley is the hometown of Gail Rock, who used it as the basis for the small town Clear Rock in her Addie Mills books, of which "The House Without a Christmas Tree" is best known.The Town of...


Precincts


Douglas County is divided into the following divisions, which, except for the City of Omaha, are called precincts.
  • Benson
  • Chicago
  • Douglas
  • Elkhorn
  • Florence
  • Jefferson
  • McArdle
  • Millard
  • City of Omaha
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, United States, and is the county seat of Douglas County. It is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 20 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River...

  • Platte Valley
  • Union
  • Waterloo

See also

  • Ackerhurst Dairy Barn
    Ackerhurst Dairy Barn
    The Ackerhurst-Eipperhurst Dairy Barn is located at 15220 Military Road near Bennington, Nebraska. Built in 1935 by Adolf Otte in the Gambrel also known as Dutch Gambrel style, the Barn was designated a "Landmark" by the City of Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission on March 5, 2002, and...

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Douglas County, Nebraska

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