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The 2000 Census showed that Buffalo County had a population of 42,259 people. This represented 2.47% of the total population of Nebraska, making it the state's 5th most populous county (out of 93 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Buffalo had a population of 45,814 people. This is an increase of 8.41% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201046,102+9.09%+0.63% since 2009
200945,814+8.41%+1.39% since 2008
200845,186+6.93%+0.67% since 2007
200744,887+6.22%+0.89% since 2006
200644,490+5.28%+1.09% since 2005
200544,010+4.14%+0.75% since 2004
200443,682+3.37%+1.1% since 2003
200343,208+2.25%+0.62% since 2002
200242,940+1.61%+1.23% since 2001
200142,420+0.38%+0.38% since 2000
200042,259The Last Census

Buffalo County had 16,830 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Buffalo County has a total area<3> of 975 square miles [2,525 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (7.28 square miles [18.84 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Buffalo County had a population density of 43.66 people per square mile [16.86 people/km²], making it the state's 13th most densely populated county (out of 93 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Buffalo County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Buffalo and the state of Nebraska.

Click here for the Buffalo County QuickFact (QF-31019).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Buffalo County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Buffalo County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AdamsQF-31001   SE33,32431,1516.98%
CusterQF-31041   NW10,78411,793-8.56%
DawsonQF-31047   W25,07624,3652.92%
HallQF-31079   E57,48753,5347.38%
HowardQF-31093   NE6,4436,567-1.89%
KearneyQF-31099   S6,4606,882-6.13%
PhelpsQF-31137   SW9,0329,747-7.34%
ShermanQF-31163   N2,8813,318-13.17%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Buffalo. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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