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Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska
Scotts Bluff County courthouse from E 1.JPG
Scotts Bluff County Courthouse in Gering, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Scotts Bluff County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1888
Seat Gering
Largest city Scottsbluff
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

746 sq mi (1,931 km²)
739 sq mi (1,915 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), 0.83%
 - (2010)
 - Density

50/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Scotts Bluff County is a county located on the western border of the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2010, the population was 36,970,[1] making Scotts Bluff the 6th-largest county (by population) in Nebraska. Its county seat is Gering[2] and its largest city is Scottsbluff.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Scotts Bluff County is represented by the prefix 21, since the county had the twenty-first-largest number of registered vehicles registered when the state's license-plate system was established in 1922.

The county is named after a prominent bluff that served as a landmark for 19th-century pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail. The bluff was named after Hiram Scott, a fur trapper who died nearby in 1828. The bluff is now managed by the National Park Service as Scotts Bluff National Monument.

The town of Gering was founded at the base of the bluff in 1887, and the city of Scottsbluff was founded across the North Platte River in 1900. Joined by the river, the former transportation highway, the two cities have since grown together. They now form the 7th-largest urban area in Nebraska.

Scotts Bluff County Airport (BFF) is the third-busiest airport in Nebraska in terms of passenger boardings.

The economy of Scotts Bluff County is based on agriculture, with the primary crops being sugar beets, corn, and beans.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 746 square miles (1,930 km2), of which, 739 square miles (1,910 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (16 km2) of it (0.83%) is water.

Major highways[]

  • US 26.svg U.S. Highway 26
  • N-29.svg Nebraska Highway 29
  • N-71.svg Nebraska Highway 71
  • N-92.svg Nebraska Highway 92

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • North Platte National Wildlife Refuge
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument


Scotts Bluff County
Population by decade

1890 - 1,888
1900 - 2,552
1910 - 8,355
1920 - 20,710
1930 - 28,644
1940 - 33,917
1950 - 33,939
1960 - 33,809
1970 - 36,432
1980 - 38,344
1990 - 36,025
2000 - 36,951
2010 - 36,970

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 36,951 people, 14,887 households, and 10,167 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 16,119 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.58% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 1.88% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 8.02% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. 17.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.5% were of German, 8.6% English and 6.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 14,887 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,016, and the median income for a family was $38,932. Males had a median income of $30,317 versus $20,717 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,355. About 11.00% of families and 14.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.00% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.



  • Henry
  • Lyman
  • McGrew
  • Melbeta
  • Morrill
  • Terrytown

See also[]

  • Lake Minatare Lighthouse
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska


Coordinates: 41°51′N 103°43′W / 41.85, -103.71

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