Dorchester is a village in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. Dorchester was platted in 1870 when the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad was extended to that point. The village was established as a community in July of 1881. It was likely named after Dorchester, Massachusetts, although some say it was named for Dorchester, in England, which in any case is the namesake of the Massachusetts city.
As of the census of 2010, there were 586 people, 233 households, and 166 families residing in the village.
Notable people from Dorchester include:
- Jefferson Coates – Medal of Honor recipient
- Fred Gustus Johnson – U.S. Representative and Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
- Don Eret – Active in Democratic politics having served as chair of the Saline County democratic Party for three years. Nebraska State Senate from 1983 to 1987; sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 1990.