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The 2000 Census showed that Douglas County had a population of 463,585 people. This represented 27.09% of the total population of Nebraska, making it the state's most populous county (out of 93 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Douglas had a population of 510,199 people. This is an increase of 10.06% 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
2010517,110+11.55%+1.35% since 2009
2009510,199+10.06%+1.41% since 2008
2008503,087+8.52%+1.17% since 2007
2007497,292+7.27%+1.02% since 2006
2006492,252+6.18%+1.11% since 2005
2005486,863+5.02%+1.18% since 2004
2004481,196+3.8%+1.08% since 2003
2003476,038+2.69%+0.93% since 2002
2002471,629+1.74%+0.77% since 2001
2001468,026+0.96%+0.96% since 2000
2000463,585The Last Census

Douglas County had 192,672 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Douglas County has a total area<3> of 339.6 square miles [879 km²]. Of this total, 331 square miles [857 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.54%) being water (8.62 square miles [22.33 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Douglas County had a population density of 1,400 people per square mile [540 people/km²], making it the most densely populated county in Nebraska.

US Census QuickFacts

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

Click here for the Douglas County QuickFact (QF-31055).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Pottawattamie (IA)QF-19155   E90,22487,7042.87%
DodgeQF-31053   NW35,64036,160-1.44%
SarpyQF-31153   S153,504122,59525.21%
SaundersQF-31155   W20,05719,8301.14%
WashingtonQF-31177   NW19,71818,7804.99%

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Census QuickFact for Douglas County

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 Douglas. 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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