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Cass County

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Cass County Seat: Plattsmouth

Total County Population (2020): 26,598

  • Cities (pop. & class): Louisville (1,319 • 2nd Class), Plattsmouth (6,544 • 1st Class), Weeping Water (1,029 • 2nd Class)
  • Villages (pop.): Alvo (115), Avoca (178), Cedar Creek (465), Eagle (1,065), Elmwood (654), Greenwood (595), Manley (167), Murdock (270), Murray (480), Nehawka (173), South Bend (92), Union (195)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 13,257 (50%)

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

  • Agriculture: 76%
    • By method: Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (71%); Pasture (pure grassland) (4%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (1%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Corn 41%, Soybeans 33%, Livestock (grassland) 12%, Alfalfa 2%, Other Hay 1% • USDA (NLCD) - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (1%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 17%
  • Timber: 6%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

346 Main Street
Plattsmouth, Nebraska 68048
M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

County Board Chairperson: Alex DeGarmo

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: Every other Tuesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: Southeast

President: Misty Ahmic, Seward County Commissioner

Vice President: Patty McEvoy, Saunders County Clerk of the District Court

Secretary/Treasurer: Amber Mulberry, Saline County Clerk of the District Court

NACO Board Representative: Mark Schoenrock, Jefferson County Commissioner

Click for a live look at Cass County (US Hwy 34 & NE Hwy 50)


Population: 26,598
Land area (sq. mi.): 557.35
Population per square mile: 47.7

Race & Age


White: 91.2%
African American: 0.4%
American Indian: 0.3%
Asian: 0.4%
Hispanic: 3.7%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 3.6%


0-17: 23.2%
18-64: 58.6%
65+: 18.2%


Personal income per capita: $60,920
% of Population in Poverty: 5.9%
# of Housing Units: 11,623
Owner-occupied rate: 82.9%
Median home price: $238,210


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 71.3%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 2.1% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 94.6%

School Districts: Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, Conestoga Public Schools, Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools, Nebraska City Public Schools, Louisville Public Schools, Plattsmouth Community Schools, Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Schools, Waverly School District 145, Weeping Water Public Schools 

Bachelor's degree or higher: 29.4%

Community College Service Area: Southeast College

Countywide child care capacity: 25 providers; 911 children

Find child care: For a list of child care providers in your zip code, visit Nebraska DHHS or the Nebraska Resource and Referral System.

Cass County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $872,802,000

Cattle Producers: 173

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $48/acre/yr

Crop Producers: 37

  • Dryland Land Cash Rent (avg.): $222/acre/yr

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Cass Co. Co-op Association, Frontier

Local Grain Market: Click for today's grain prices in Cass County

Farmers Markets:

  • Eagle Farmers Market (May 30 - August 29, Thursdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) (Closed July 4)
  • Farmers Market at The Hop Yard (May - October, Thursday evenings)
  • Plattsmouth Downtown Farmers Market (June - October, Saturdays)

Electricity Providers: Nebraska PPD, Omaha PPD, Village of Greenwood

Rail-served Communities: Cedar Creek, Cullom, Greenwood, Louisville, Manley, Murray, Nehawka, Plattsmouth, South Bend, Weeping Water

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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 57

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 153

Click for real time:

Stream data on Salt Creek at Greenwood

Stream data on Weeping Water Creek at Union

Groundwater level data 1/4 mi. west of Elmwood

Groundwater level data in Greenwood

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 Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

2022 Levies and Valuations

County levy rate: $0.3160 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $13,936,615

Total local government property taxes levied: $77,825,105

Total countywide taxable valuation: $4,409,798,525

Federal PILT payment to Cass County (FY2022): $7,151 regarding 2,434 federally-owned acres

Click here for all levy rates in Cass County

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) (Valuation of agricultural land and horticultural land): "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: Robert Clements (District 2)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings): 

Select Committees:

  • Executive Board (ex officio)
  • Reference (ex officio)

Special Committees: 

  • Building Maintenance
  • Legislative Performance Audit
  • Legislature's Planning

Map and statistics for Legislative District 2

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Cass County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 31

Year Authorized: 1855

Year Organized: 1855

Etymology: Lewis Cass (U.S. Secretary of State)

     Decades before Cass County’s formal organization, the area’s natural resources (especially its abundant water) drew multiple Native American tribes to the banks near the Missouri and Platte rivers. Such overlaps in territory led to conflicts, including a clash between the Omahas and the Otoes reputed to be one of the largest battles between Native American tribes.

     The first white settlers in Cass County were trappers, hunters, and fur traders who were similarly attracted to the area by the abundant wildlife and fertile soil. During the 1850s and 1860s, the population of Cass County grew rapidly as homesteaders and farmers moved into the area. In the 1870s and 1880s, the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad facilitated the movement of people and goods, leading to further growth and development in the county.

     One of the most important infrastructure events in the history of Cass County was the construction of the Plattsmouth Bridge, which was completed in 1872. The bridge, which was built over the Missouri River, connected Plattsmouth to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and provided a crucial transportation link between the two states. The Plattsmouth Bridge was a major factor in the development of Plattsmouth (which would become the county seat) as a regional commercial and transportation center.

     The creation of the Plattsmouth State Bank in 1872 was also an important development. This was the first bank in the county and played a key role in the county's economic development, helping to finance the construction of many of the county's early businesses, farms, and homes. The Plattsmouth State Bank is still in operation today and is one of the oldest banks in Nebraska.

     In recent years, Cass County has experienced significant growth and development. The county has attracted many new residents, businesses, and industries, and has become a popular place to live and work. The county is home to many schools, parks, and recreational opportunities, and has a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Cass County is also known for its beautiful natural areas, including the Platte River and the Missouri River, which provide excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities.

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Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 20

Time Zone: Central

Number of Veterans: 2,512

Zoned County: Yes

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 195

Number of County-Owned Dams: 2

Election Data

General Election Turnout % (2022): 60.54%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 18,955

Number of Precincts (2020): 30

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 26

Land Area per Polling Place (2020): 21.44 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

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

Natural Resource Districts: Lower Platte South NRD, Nemaha NRD

State Lands (acres): Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (673.10), Louisville SRA (192.37), Platte River Rest Area EB (36.8), Platte River State Park (452.50), Rakes Creek WMA (316), Randall W. Schilling WMA (1,754.80)

Federal Lands (acres): Civil Bend (393), Van Horn's Bend (533), William Gilmour/Tobacco Island (1,649)

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)