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Dundy County

Communities & Development

Dundy County Seat: Benkelman

Total County Population (2020): 1,654

  • Cities (pop. & class): Benkelman (821 • 2nd Class)
  • Villages (pop.): Haigler (145)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 688 (42%)

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

  • Agriculture: 97%
    • By method: Pasture (pure grassland) (60%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (21%); Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (16%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Livestock (grassland) 62%, Corn 17%, Wheat 5%, Sorghum 3%, Soybeans 1%, Rye 1%, Alfalfa 1%, Dry Beans 1% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some fallow land (5%) and some wetlands (1%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 3%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

112 7th Avenue W
Benkelman, Nebraska 69021
M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: Scott Olson

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 1st & 3rd Monday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: West Central

President: Corey Crandall, Keith County Commissioner

First Vice President: Ron Wertz, Hitchcock County Commissioner

Second Vice President: Chris Bruns, Lincoln County Commissioner

Secretary/Treasurer: Sandy Olson, Keith County Clerk

NACO Board Representative: Corey Crandall, Keith County Commissioner

Click for a live look at Dundy County (south of Benkelman)


Population: 1,654
Land area (sq. mi.): 919.68
Population per square mile: 1.8

Race & Age


White: 90.1%
African American: 0.4%
American Indian: 0.5%
Asian: 0.1%
Hispanic: 6.2%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Two or More Races: 2.2%


0-17: 19.9%
18-64: 53.9%
65+: 26.2%


Personal income per capita: $93,788
% of Population in Poverty: 12.2%
# of Housing Units: 1,008
Owner-occupied rate: 72.8%
Median home price: $90,830


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 0.4%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 1.5% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 87.9%

School Districts: Chase County Schools, Dundy County Stratton Public Schools, Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.1%

Community College Service Area: Mid-Plains Community College

Countywide child care capacity: 1 providers; 10 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.

Dundy County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $177,009,000

Cattle Producers: 160

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $19/acre

Crop Producers: 127

  • Dryland Cash Rent (avg.): $45/acre

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Equity Exchange, Farmers Co-op Association, FVC

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

Oil Wells Producing (barrels of oil): 196 wells (279,282 barrels)

Electricity Providers: City of Benkelman, Southwest PPD, Y-W Electric Association

Rail-served Communities: Benkelman, Haigler, Max, Parks

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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 1,191

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 32

Click for real time:

Streamflow data on the Arikaree River near Haigler

Streamflow data on Buffalo Creek near Haigler

Streamflow data on Rock Creek at Parks

Streamflow data on the Republican River at Benkelman

Streamflow data on the South Fork of the Republican River near Benkelman

Streamflow data on the North Fork of the Republican River at the Nebraska-Colorado border

Sources: 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: $0.2316 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $2,122,634

Total local government property taxes levied: $9,555,555

Total countywide taxable valuation: $916,462,776

Click here for all levy rates in Dundy 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)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings): 

Select Committees:

  • Rules

Special Committees: 

  • Building Maintenance
  • Legislature's Planning

Map and statistics for Legislative District 44

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Dundy County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 2

Year Authorized: 1873

Year Organized: 1884

Etymology: Elmer Dundy (U.S. Circuit Court judge)

     Dundy County’s history follows the intertwined evolution of America’s cattle drives and homesteaders. Home to plentiful grass and an expansive range, between 1850 and the turn of the century Dundy County saw hundreds of thousands of cattle pass through on their way from Texas. The cattle's destination was the community of Benkelman, where one of the railroad’s regional shipping points was located.

     Originally formed in 1873 as part of Hitchcock County, Dundy County organized its present-day boundaries in 1884. Benkelman continued on as the county’s main community, especially during the cattle drive days when cowboys and saloons overshadowed every other industry in the area. But the cowboys and their massive herds did not dominate all of the landscape for long. The Homestead Act of 1862 brought settlers to southwest Nebraska, disrupting the free-flowing movement of cattle across the plains and creating friction between ranchers and farmers. Any final resistance offered by the resolute cowboys was broken by Nebraska’s embargo on Texas cattle, which created cultural and occupational shifts not only in Dundy County, but throughout the Central Plains. Crops began to replace cattle in many, but not all, areas, and fencing facilitated the transition from long cattle drives to local ranching.

     Dundy County gained nearly 4,000 residents between 1880 and 1890, fostering the need for a county seat and courthouse. Several settlements began publicly vying for the county seat, but in a twist, Benkelman largely avoided the publicity campaign. Instead, the town simply built a courthouse and presented it to the county commissioners, who agreed that Benkelman should become the county seat.

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Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 76

Time Zone: Mountain

Number of Veterans: 127

Zoned County: Yes

County Hospital: Dundy County Hospital

County Library: Dundy County Library

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 26

Election Data

General Election Turnout % (2022): 64.96%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 1,245

Number of Precincts (2020): 4

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 4

Land Area per Polling Place (2020): 229.92 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

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

Natural Resource Districts: Upper Republican NRD

State Lands (acres): Rock Creek Lake SRA (104)

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)