There are 6 US Post Offices in Howard County serving a total of 6,131 residents equating to 1,022 residents per post office. It's estimated that approximately 9,786 packages are handled across the 6 county post offices annually. Howard County is a county located in the state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,274. Its county seat is St. Paul. The county was formed in 1871 and named after the Union General Oliver Otis Howard. Howard County is part of the Grand Island, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the Nebraska license plate system, Howard County is represented by the prefix 49 (it had the forty-ninth-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922)."