Cozad is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 3,977 at the 2010 census. The town is on the Great Plains of central Nebraska, along the Union Pacific Railroad and U.S. Route 30, just north of the Platte River. The 100th meridian, which roughly marks the eastward boundary of the arid plains, passes just west of the town as is marked nearby on a prominent sign across U.S. 30. In the early 1860s, the meridian was a stop along the Pony Express.
Cozad was founded in 1873 by John J. Cozad, a native of Ohio, and father of painter Robert Henri. He purchased 40,000 acres of land from the Union Pacific Railroad and laid out the future town. He built houses on some of the land to entice people to settle. He sold off most of the land to future residents who named the town after him. Cozad also founded Cozaddale, Ohio, a small, unincorporated village 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
The nursing home in Cozad was one of the few nursing homes that remained open in 2019 in this area of Nebraska.
Cozad is located at 40°51′44″N 99°59′3″W (40.862141, -99.984082).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.62 square miles (6.79 km2), all land.
Cozad is part of the Lexington, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.