The counties aren't listed in a particular order. The names were grouped so that the long names were together and the short names were together. In that way they could be spaced neatly.
Some counties are governed by an elected board of commissioners. Others are governed by an elected board of supervisors. Both the county commissioners and county supervisors serve four-year terms. English colonists brought the county system to America.
But counties have changed in the past 200 years. Counties have turned over some of their responsibilities for police, highways, and welfare administration to the state, and they’ve added some responsibilities, such as libraries, parks, hospitals, health services, sanitation services, and airports.
Within the counties are 535 cities and villages. Most cities are governed by a mayor and city council. Some other cities have a city council and a city manager. How is your town run?
The number of cities-- and the number of people-- varies in Nebraska's counties. More than three quarters of the population live in the eastern third of the state. More than half the population lives in Nebraska's six metropolitan counties-- Cass, Dakota, Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy, and Washington. Omaha is the largest city in the state. It's located in Douglas County, which holds more than a quarter of the state's population.
Nebraska has different densities of population in different areas, but the county structure can help Nebraska's different cities and towns work together to make a great state. (Reset image)
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT . . .
What’s your county? What is your county seat (the town where the county government is located)?
Do you live in a town or in the country? Why is it important to have so many divisions of government?
What do they all do?