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Chase County

Chase County Seat (pop.): Imperial (2,086)

Cities, Towns, and Villages (pop.): Champion (42), Enders (42), Lamar (28), Wauneta (549)

Courthouse Address and Hours:

921 Broadway
Imperial, Nebraska 69033
M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: Jacci Brown

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tuesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: West Central

District President: Brett Nason, McPherson County Commissioner

District First Vice President: Corey Crandall, Keith County Commissioner

District Second Vice President: Ron Wertz, Hitchcock County Commissioner

District Secretary/Treasurer: Katherine Hoberg, McPherson County Clerk

NACO Board Representatives: Corey Crandall, Keith County Commissioner

Click for a live look at Chase County (south of Enders)


Population: 3,826
Land area (sq. mi.): 894.42
Population per square mile: 4.4


White: 82.6%
African American: 0.7%
American Indian: 0.7%
Asian: 0.2%
Hispanic: 15.7%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%


0-17: 25.3%
18-64: 53.5%
65+: 21.3%


Personal income per capita: $69,366
% of Population in Poverty: 8.2%
# of Housing Units: 1,852
Owner-occupied rate: 77.6%
Median home price: $164,420


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 50.4%

Sources: National Association of RealtorsNebraska Library Commission, U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisU.S. Census Bureau

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 1.6% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 89.0%

Bachelor's degree or higher: 22.2%

School Districts: Chase County Schools, Perkins County Schools, Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools

Countywide child care capacity: 6 providers; 136 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.

Chase County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $312,830,000

Ag. Producers (Cattle): 115

Ag. Producers (Crop): 148

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: FVC

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

Electricity Providers: City of Imperial, Highline Electric Association, Midwest Electric Member Corp., Southwest PPD, Village of Wauneta

Rail-served Communities: Enders, Imperial, Wauneta

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 Valuation

County levy rate: $0.1956 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $2,846,168

Total local government property taxes levied: $16,120,257

Total countywide taxable valuation: 1,455,499,568

Click here for all levy rates in Chase 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: Teresa J. Ibach (District 44)
Committees: Agriculture, Business and Labor, Judiciary, Nebraska Retirement Systems, Rules, Building Maintenance, Legislature's Planning Committee

Map and statistics for Legislative District 44

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Chase County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 7

Year Authorized: 1873

Year Organized: 1886

Etymology: Champion Chase (Nebraska’s first attorney general)

     From its earliest days, Chase County has been shaped by the presence of Native American tribes, the growth of agriculture, and the efforts of visionary individuals who sought to build a better future for themselves and their families.

     The earliest known inhabitants of the area were various Native American tribes, including the Pawnee, Sioux, and Cheyenne. These tribes lived in the region for hundreds of years, hunting and fishing in the rolling hills and valleys.

     European settlers began to arrive in the area in the 1860s, and despite the harsh climate and limited resources, these early settlers persevered and built a thriving agricultural community. To this day, agriculture is still one of the main industries in Chase County and remains a source of pride and heritage for many of its residents. Despite being situated near the "Great American Desert," Chase County's surprisingly fertile soil produces bountiful harvests of wheat, beans, beets, and corn.

     Chase County is known for its natural beauty, including parks, nature reserves, and other outdoor recreational areas. One of the most popular of these is the Wauneta Roller Mill, a historic grist mill that was built in the late 1800s and has been preserved as a museum and park. Another popular attraction is the Enders Reservoir, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and is a popular spot for hiking, bird-watching, and other outdoor activities.

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License Plate Number: 72

Time Zone: Mountain

Zoned County: Yes

Number of Veterans: 240

Voter Turnout (2022): 64.11%

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

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 27

Number of County-Owned Dams: 1

County Hospital: Chase County Community Hospital

State Lands (acres): Enders Reservoir SRA (990), Enders Reservoir WMA (4,359), Wanamaker WMA (160)

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)