Skip to main content

Nebraska Counties Explorer

Colfax County

Communities & Development

Colfax County Seat: Schuyler

Total County Population (2020): 10,582

  • Cities (pop. & class): Schuyler (6,547 • 1st Class), Clarkson (641 • 2nd Class)
  • Villages (pop.):  Howells (561), Leigh (435), Richland (70), Rogers (82)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 2,246 (21%)

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

  • Agriculture: 88%
    • By method: Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (49%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (30%); Pasture (pure grassland) (9%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Corn 42%, Soybeans 33%, Livestock (grassland) 9%, Alfalfa 4%, Other Hay 1% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (1%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 12%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

411 East 11th Street
Schuyler, Nebraska 68661
M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Board Chairperson: Jim Mejstrik

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tuesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: Northeast

President: Lisa Lunz, Dixon County Supervisor 

Vice President: Sandy Zoubek, Stanton County Treasurer

Secretary: Katie Hart, Burt County Assessor

Treasurer: Krista Nix, Knox County Deputy Clerk 

NACO Board Representative: Bill Tielke, Holt County Supervisor 

Click for a live look at Colfax County (east of Clarkson)


Population: 10,582
Land area (sq. mi.): 411.65
Population per square mile: 25.7

Race & Age


White: 47.4%
African American: 3.5%
American Indian: 0.2%
Asian: 0.5%
Hispanic: 47.2%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 1.0%


0-17: 30.4%
18-64: 55.5%
65+: 14.1%


Personal income per capita: $54,392
% of Population in Poverty: 8.2%
# of Housing Units: 3,976
Owner-occupied rate: 72.2%
Median home price: $109,730


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 65.1%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 1.7% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 70.1%

School Districts: Clarkson Public Schools, Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools, Leigh Community Schools, North Bend Central Public Schools, Schuyler Community Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%

Community College Service Area: Central Community College

Countywide child care capacity: 17 providers; 317 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.

Colfax County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $734,484,000

Cattle Producers: 174

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $71/acre/yr

Crop Producers: 184

  • Dryland Cash Rent (avg.): $234/acre/yr
  • Irrigated Land Cash Rent (avg.): $290/acre/yr

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Cooperative Supply, Central Valley Ag, Farmers Union Co-op Supply, Frontier, Schuyler Cooperative Association

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

Farmers Market: Schuyler Farmers Market ( June - October, Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

Electricity Providers: City of Schuyler, Cornhusker PPD, Cuming County PPD, Loup River PPD, Omaha PPD, Stanton County PPD

Rail-served Communities: Richland, Rogers, Schuyler

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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 1,141

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 45

Click for real time:

Streamflow data on the Platte River near Schuyler

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: $0.2803 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $5,682,578

Total local government property taxes levied: $30,483,183

Total countywide taxable valuation: $2,026,934,144

Click here for all levy rates in Colfax 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: Bruce Bostelman (District 23)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings): 

Select Committees:

  • Committee on Committees

Special Committees: 

  • Statewide Tourism and Recreation Water Access and Resource Sustainability

Other Committees:

  • Rural Broadband Task Force (selected by the Executive Board of the Legislative Council)

Map and statistics for Legislative District 23

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Colfax County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 12

Year Authorized: 1869

Year Organized: 1869

Etymology: Schuyler Colfax (U.S. Vice President)

    In 1869, the Nebraska Legislature divided Platte County and created Colfax County, naming the county and the county seat after the U.S. Vice President at the time, Schuyler Colfax. Prior to its organization, Colfax County was inhabited by several Native American tribes (including the Pawnee) and explored by members of the Astor party returning from the Pacific Northwest. Eventually, pioneers seeking land, gold, animal pelts, and trading opportunities began populating the early towns and villages; Colfax County was intersected by several historical transportation routes, including the Mormon Trail, the Oregon Trail, the transcontinental highway, and the first transcontinental highway.

     Like many Nebraska county seats, Schuyler owes its initial population boom to the westward expansion of the railroad. In fact, the railroad originally owned the entire site of the county seat. Schuyler would briefly become the terminus for the famous Texas-Nebraska cattle drives. Upon reaching the Colfax County seat, the cattle were loaded onto trains and shipped east to Chicago; the terminus was moved to Kearney shortly thereafter.

     Colfax County has always enjoyed a diverse population. In its earliest days, several Native American tribes inhabited the county, while in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the county witnessed an influx of Irish, German, Czech, and Polish immigrants. During the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the demographics again began changing as the county seat saw a rise in Hispanic, Somali, and Thai residents.

Highlight an important program in your county in this space! Send an email to:

Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 43

Time Zone: Central

Zoned County: Yes

Number of Veterans: 361

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 230

Number of County-Owned Dams: 1

Election Data

General Election Turnout % (2022): 47.34%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 5,314

Number of Precincts (2020): 5

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 5

Land Area per Polling Place (avg.) (2020): 82.33 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

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

Natural Resource Districts: Lower Elkhorn NRD, Lower Platte North NRD

State Lands (acres): Whitetail WMA (216)

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)