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InterLinc: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA and Lancaster County
Your Government at a Glance
Facts & Figures

Lancaster County was established in 1855 and organized in 1859. The first election of county officers was held on October 10, 1959.

In 1867 the state of Nebraska was brought into the union and the town of Lancaster was selected for the state capital and renamed Lincoln. Lincoln was founded July 29, 1867 and incorporated April 7, 1869.

Population
           	         Lancaster
                Lincoln	  County

1990 Census	191,972   213,641
1980		171,932	  192,884
1970		149,518	  167,972
1960		128,521	  155,272
1950		 98,884	  119,742
1940		 81,984	  100,585
1930		 75,933	  100,324
1920		 54,948	   85,902
1910		 43,973	   73,793
1900		 40,169	   64,835
1890		 55,154	   76,395
1880		 13,003	   28,090
1870		  2,441	    7,074
1860		    ---	      153

Land Area

	              Lincoln	Lancaster  Co.
Square Miles		75.8	   846
Miles North and South	12          36
Miles East and West	11          24


City Finances

As of August 31, 1998
Total general obligation bonds & notes 	$66,377,000
Bond Rating (General Obligation Bonds)
  Moody's	                Aa1
  Standard & Poor's	        AAA
Property tax collections 	96.07%
Number of parking meters	2,180


Lincoln Utilities

Active gas meters	  81,673
Active electric meters	 108,530
Telephone access lines	 166,269
Active water meters	  70,000
Gallons of water pumped for year ending 12/31/98  12 billion, 632.4 million


City and County Government Personnel

Full and Part-time Permanent Employees
	City of Lincoln	      1,962
        Lancaster County      1,047


Public Library

Number of volumes	  675,489 (doesn't include verticle files)
Number of service units	        7 building + 1 mobile
Number of card holders	  152,869


Public Roads/By-Ways

Miles of paved Lincoln streets	      2,609.34
Miles of unpaved Lincoln streets         48.32
Total miles of streets in Lincoln     2,657.66
Miles of sanitary sewers in Lincoln	885.75
Miles of storm sewers in Lincoln	843.85
Miles of water mains in Lincoln	      1,064.68
Miles of sidewalks in Lincoln	      1,643.10


Temperature/Precipitation

Average degrees over 70-year period	 52.8°
  Highest:  July, 1935	                115.0°
  Lowest:   January, 1974	        -33.9°
Normal annual including snowfall	 26.92 inches


Topography

Elevation ranging to 1,350 feet above sea level.


Transportation

Estimated vehicle registration	                196,667
Average bus ridership from Feb '98- Feb '99	137,034


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