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Banner County

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Banner County Seat: Harrisburg

Total County Population (2020): 674

  • Municipalities: None
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of total county pop.): 674 (100%)

Land Development (2022) (% of total land in county):

  • Agriculture: 85%
    • By method: Pasture (pure grassland) (54%), Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (26%), Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (5%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Livestock (grassland) 67%, Wheat 8%, Corn 5%, Millet 3%, Alfalfa 2%, Other Hay 1%, Dry Beans 1% • USDA (NLCD) - equals agriculture's % plus some fallow land (8%), some wooded grazing land (2%), and some wetlands (0.25%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 15%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

204 State Street
Harrisburg, Nebraska 69345
M-F 7:30 am - 12:00pm; 12:30 pm - 4:30pm

County Board Chairperson: Robin Darnall

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 1st & 3rd Tuesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: Panhandle

District President: Rich Flores, Kimball County Commissioner

District Vice President: Susanna Batterman, Morrill County Commissioner

District Secretary: Kelly Sides, Scotts Bluff County Clerk

District Treasurer: Beth Fiegenschuh, Cheyenne County Clerk

NACO Board Representatives: Steve Burke, Box Butte County Commissioner

Click for a live look at Banner County (east of Harrisburg)


Population (2020): 674
Land area (sq. mi.): 746.04
Population per square mile: 0.9

Race & Age


White: 89.0%
African American: 0.0%
American Indian: 0.7%
Asian: 0.3%
Hispanic: 7.6%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 2.4%


0-17: 24.7%
18-64: 51.4%
65+: 23.8%


Personal income per capita: $68,909
% of population in poverty: 10.1%
# of housing units: 327
Owner-occupied rate: 73.0%
Median home price: $204,220


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable model): 0%

Sources: National Association of RealtorsNebraska Library CommissionU.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisU.S. Census Bureau

Employment and Schools

Unemployment rate: 3.4% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 97.2%

Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.7%

School Districts: Banner County Public Schools, Bayard Public Schools, Potter-Dix Public Schools

Community College Service Area: Western Community College

Banner County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $38,416,000

Cattle Producers: 100

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $12/acre/yr

Crop Producers: 59

  • Dryland Cash Rent (avg.): $35/acre/yr
  • Irrigated Land Cash Rent (avg.): $203/acre/yr

Oil & Gas Wells Producing (barrels of oil & thousand cubic ft of gas/yr): 93 wells (91,542 barrels; 2,392 MCF)

Electricity Providers: Chimney Rock PPD, High West Energy, Roosevelt PPD, Wheat Belt PPD, Wyrulec Company

Well Locations (Irrigation/Livestock), Soils, Groundwater & Surface Water

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 497

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 36

Click for real time:

Groundwater level data near NE Hwy 88 at Nebraska/Wyoming border 

Click the section numbers in the grid below the map for annual groundwater levels.

Note: Geocodes in the map's squares are in the grid next to Township & Range (T&R).

Sources: National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA)Nebraska Cooperative Council, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary EducationNebraska Department of TransportationNebraska Office of the CIO, Nebraska Power Review Board, U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisU.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsU.S. Census Bureau

2022 Levies and Valuations

County levy rate: $0.4274 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $1,200,433

Total local government property taxes levied: $4,191,875

Total countywide taxable valuation: $280,887,755

Click here for all levy rates in Banner County

Agricultural Land Valuation Market Areas

Commercial Land Valuation Groups

Residential Land Valuation Groups

County Levy and Taxation Laws

Levy limits

Since 1996, counties and other political subdivisions have been subject to the levy limits listed in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3442 and Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3443.

Statutes and regulations

Nebraska Revised Statutes (Chapter 77)

Nebraska Administrative Code (Title 350)

Local tax reductions, exemptions, and credits:

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-902(5)(a) (Deed "stamp tax" exemption): "The [stamp tax] shall not apply to: ... (5)(a) Deeds between spouses, between ex-spouses for the purpose of conveying any rights to property acquired or held during the marriage, or between parent and child, without actual consideration therefor."

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-201(2) (Agricultural land horticultural assessment): "Agricultural land and horticultural land as defined in section 77-1359 shall constitute a separate and distinct class of property for purposes of property taxation, shall be subject to taxation, unless expressly exempt from taxation, and shall be valued at seventy-five percent of its actual value, except that for school district taxes levied to pay the principal and interest on bonds that are approved by a vote of the people on or after January 1, 2022, such land shall be valued at fifty percent of its actual value."

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-6703(1) (Tax credit for school district taxes paid): "(1) For taxable years beginning or deemed to begin on or after January 1, 2020, under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, there shall be allowed to each eligible taxpayer a refundable credit against the income tax imposed by the Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967 or against the franchise tax imposed by sections 77-3801 to 77-3807. The credit shall be equal to the credit percentage for the taxable year, as set by the department under subsection (2) of this section, multiplied by the amount of school district taxes paid by the eligible taxpayer during such taxable year."

Sources: Nebraska Department of Revenue

State Senator: Brian Hardin (District 48)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings): 

Map and statistics for Legislative District 48

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Banner County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 1

Year Authorized: 1888

Year Organized: 1888

Etymology: Aspiration to become the “banner county” of Nebraska

     According to tradition, Banner County derives its name from the aspirations of the inhabitants to become the "banner county" of Nebraska. The area that today makes up Banner County was originally part of Cheyenne County, then much larger. In 1888, Banner, Kimball, and Scotts Bluff Counties were carved out of the western third of Cheyenne County. The county seal features a banner bearing a pumpkin, named for Pumpkin Creek which crosses the county west to east. Banner County was officially organized in 1889, and residents designated Ashford the temporary county seat. A month later, a special election was held in which Harrisburg was chosen as the county seat over Ashford, Banner, and Freeport. 

     Banner County is home to the C.C. Hampton Homestead (also known as Warner Ranch), listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Hampton was a farmer who advocated for water conservation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; he also promoted windmills and farming in a predominantly ranching county.

     More recently, Banner County played a unique role in the constitutional history of local government in the state. In a 1987 case before the Nebraska Supreme Court, Banner County successfully argued that real property valuation must be performed uniformly within each property classification, as established by the Nebraska Constitution.

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Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 85

Time Zone: Mountain

Number of Veterans: 50

Zoned County: No

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 12

Election Data

General Election Turnout % (2022): 69.71%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 539

Number of Precincts (2020): 1

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 1

Land Area per Polling Place (2020): 746.04 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

Emergency Mgt. Planning, Exercise and Training (PET) Region: Panhandle

Natural Resource Districts: North Platte NRD

State Lands (acres): Buffalo Creek WMA (4,141.32 Banner & Scotts Bluff), Williams Gap WMA (1,829)

Sources: Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Emergency Management AgencyNebraska Game & Parks CommissionNebraska LegislatureNebraska Office of the CIONebraska Secretary of StateU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (eCFR)