Buffalo County, NE
Buffalo County was established in 1855 and is one of only two counties in the state to be named after an animal. The county covers an area of 975 square miles. The largest city within its boundaries is Kearney. The 2018 estimated population is 49,615, making it the fifth most populous county in the state.
Douglas County, NE
Douglas County is home to an estimated 566,880 people. The county was founded in 1854 and named in honor of Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861). The largest city within its boundaries is Omaha. It is home to one of the world’s richest people, Warren Buffett, and is home to his multinational holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. The region is also known as the home of one of the world’s best zoos, the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
Hall County, NE
Hall County was named for Augustus Hall, a well-known judge from the territory. Officially established in 1858, the county is the fourth most populous county in Nebraska, with an estimated population of 61,607. Within its boundaries is Grand Island, the largest inland island in the world.
Lancaster County, NE
Home to the state capital, Lancaster County was founded in 1859. The county has an estimated population of 317,272. The area was designated as a refugee-friendly zone in the 1970s. Many Vietnam refugees settled in the area for its economy, schools, and size. Famed comedian, Johnny Carson is a Lancaster County native. The 911 emergency system was developed in Lancaster County.
Sarpy County, NE
Sarpy County was founded in 1857 and named in honor of Col. Peter A. Sarpy. The area was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1805. The largest city in its boundaries is Bellevue, a city that had its early start as a fur-trading post in 1822. The county is the third most populous county in the state with 184,459 residents. Sarpy County is the smallest county in the state by area, with only 248 square miles.