Number of Nebraska Government Units by Selected Type, 1942 to 2012 1
  Total (incl fed, state, & local)         Special Districts
Year Counties Municipalities Townships School Dist. Total Natural Res. Fire Protect. Housing Other
1942 8,307 93 530 476 7,009 198 NA NA NA NA
1952 7,981 93 533 477 6,392 485 NA NA NA NA
1962 2,125 93 537 478 3,264 752 271 321 3 157
1967 4,392 93 538 486 2,322 952 288 361 51 252
1972 3,562 93 537 476 1,374 1,081 NA NA NA NA
1977 3,486 93 534 471 1,195 1,192 201 437 111 443
1982 3,325 93 535 470 1,069 1,157 112 427 134 484
1987 3,153 93 534 454 952 1,119 110 427 134 448
1992 2,924 93 534 452 797 1,047 93 418 133 403
1997 2,895 93 535 455 681 1,130 87 419 142 482
2002 2,792 93 531 446 575 1,146 80 421 125 520
2007 2,660 93 530 454 288 1,294 23 417 168 686
2012 2,582 93 530 419 272 1,269 84 414 166 605
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2012 Census of Governments, 2013          
1 Governments in existence in January. Limited to governments actually in existence. Therefore, may exclude a few counties and numerous townships and "incorporated places" existing as areas for which statistics can be presented as to population and other subjects, but lacking any separate organized county, township, or municipal government. 2007 "natural resources" numbers include only NRDs.  
Last Updated 07/07/14                
by Nebraska Databook                  
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Data link: http://www2.census.gov/govs/cog/2012isd.pdf