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Greeley County

Greeley County Seat (pop.): Greeley (402)

Cities, Towns, and Villages (pop.): Scotia (301), Spalding (408), Wolbach (224)

Courthouse Address and Hours:

101 South Kildare
Greeley, Nebraska 68842
M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: Jordan Foltz

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 2nd & last Tuesday of the month

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: Central

District President: Carrie Miller, Nuckolls County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Election Commissioner

District Vice President: Kali Bolli, Garfield County Assessor 

District Secretary/Treasurer: Cara Snider Wheeler County Clerk

NACO Board Representatives: Jim Pavelka, Clay County Supervisor


Population: 2,169
Land area (sq. mi.): 569.81
Population per square mile: 3.8


White: 95.6%
African American: 0.7%
American Indian: 0.3%
Asian: 0.2%
Hispanic: 2.8%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%


0-17: 23.0%
18-64: 51.3%
65+: 25.8%


Personal income per capita: $66,840
% of Population in Poverty: 12.2%
# of Housing Units: 1,198
Owner-occupied rate: 80.2%
Median home price: $87,640


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 42.4%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 1.8% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 90.9%

Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.6%

School Districts: Central Valley Public Schools, Ord Public Schools, Riverside Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools, Wheeler Central Public Schools

Countywide child care capacity: 7 providers; 80 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.

Greeley County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $110,832,000

Ag. Producers (Cattle): 225

Ag. Producers (Crop): 205

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Farmers Coop Association, Country Partners Cooperative

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

Electricity Providers: Cornhusker PPD, Howard Greeley Rural PPD, Loup Valles Rural PPD, Village of Spalding

Rail-served Communities: Cornhusker PPD, Howard Greeley Rural PPD, Loup Valles Rural PPD, Village of Spalding

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: $0.2368 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $2,336,965

Total local government property taxes levied: $12,381,494

Total countywide taxable valuation: $986,946,910

Click here for all levy rates in Greeley 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: Tom Briese (District 41)
Committees: Education, Revenue, Reference, Executive Board, Legislative Performance Audit, Legislature's Planning Committee

Map and statistics for Legislative District 41

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Greeley County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 6

Year Authorized: 1871

Year Organized: 1872

Etymology: Horace Greeley (journalist)

     “Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.” Those were the words credited to Horace Greeley, noted American newspaper editor. In 1871, a large number of settlers had ventured westward to central Nebraska, culminating in the formation of Greeley County, nestled between the Cedar River to the northeast and the North Loup River to the southwest.

     Several groups of settlers helped propel Greeley County’s development during its early years, but the Irish Catholic Colonization Association left an indelible imprint on the county. The group purchased tends of thousands of acres in the county with the purpose of relocating Irish immigrants who had come to the United States following the Irish Potato Famine in the mid-nineteenth century. Several towns in Greeley have distinctly Irish roots, including Spalding, Belfast, and O’Connor.

     Despite the burgeoning Irish influence and population, the town of Scotia (Latin for Scotland) became the original county seat. Situated near the North Loup River in the southwest corner of the county, the settlement achieved sufficient population to wrest the county seat from Lamartine in 1874. A modest courthouse was built the following year. 

     However, a new settlement with its eyes on the county seat was already emerging. In 1885, the centrally located Greeley Center welcomed the railroad and the associated benefits of becoming a railway junction town. Although Greeley Center had not yet obtained the county seat, the town preemptively built a courthouse, which also featured a jail. Five years and multiple elections later, the town finally claimed the county seat from Scotia. Shortly thereafter, officials decided to drop the “Center” from the town name, and thus, Greeley became the only Nebraska county seat bearing the exact name as the county.

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License Plate Number: 62

Time Zone: Central

Zoned County: Yes

Number of Veterans: 171

Voter Turnout (2022): 68.88%

Emergency Mgt. Planning, Exercise and Training (PET) Region: North Central/Sandhills

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 62

State Lands (acres): Davis Creek WMA (2,450 Greeley & Valley)

Federal Lands (acres): Davis Creek Reservoir (332 Greeley & Valley)

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)