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Hall County

Communities and Development

Hall County Seat: Grand Island

Total County Population (2020): 62,895

  • Cities (pop. & class): Grand Island (53,131 • 1st Class), Wood River (1,172 • 2nd Class)
  • Villages (pop.): Alda (647), Cairo (822), Doniphan (809)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of total county pop.): 6,314 (10%)

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

  • Agriculture: 82%
    • By method: Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (63%), Pasture (pure grassland) (14%), Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (5%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Corn 51%, Livestock (grassland) 15%, Soybeans 15%, Alfalfa 2% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (7%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 18%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

121 South Pine Street
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801
M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: Ron Peterson

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: Tuesday (Bi-weekly)

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: Bill Maendele, Buffalo County Commissioner

Click for a live look at Hall County (south of Grand Island)


Population: 61,979
Land area (sq. mi.): 546.39
Population per square mile: 115.1

Race and Age


White: 62.7%
African American: 2.9%
American Indian: 0.3%
Asian: 1.1%
Hispanic: 30.5%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 2.2%


0-17: 27.5%
18-64: 57.1%
65+: 15.4%


Personal income per capita: $51,566
% of Population in Poverty: 11.8%
# of Housing Units: 25,159
Owner-occupied rate: 60.7%
Median home price: $181,660


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 91.6%

Sources: National Association of RealtorsNebraska Library Commission, U.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: 85.2%

School Districts: Adams Central Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Centura Public Schools, Kenesaw Public Schools, Doniphan-Trumbull Public Schools, Northwest Public Schools, Shelton Public Schools, Wood River Public Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.2%

Community College Service Area: Central Community College

Countywide child care capacity: 84 providers; 2,763 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.

Hall County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $3,684,424,000

Cattle Producers: 202

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $38/acre/yr

Crop Producers: 393

  • Dryland Cash Rent (avg.): $123/acre/yr
  • Irrigated Land Cash Rent (avg.): $263/acre/yr

Dairy Producers: 1

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Aurora Cooperative, CPI, Green Plains

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

Farmers Markets:

  • Grand Island Farmers Market (July - October, Daily 8 AM - 6 PM)
  • The Local Farmers Market (Cairo) ( May - October, Fridays 5 - 7 PM and Saturdays, 9 - 11 AM)

Electricity Providers: City of Grand Island, City of Wood River, Dawson PPD, Nebraska PPD, Southern PPD

Rail-served Communities: Alda, Cairo, Grand Island, Hansen, Shelton, Wood River

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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 3,947

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 38

Click for real time:

Streamflow data on Wood River at Grand Island

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: $0.3773 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $23,362,090

Total local government property taxes levied: $118,910,244

Total countywide taxable valuation: $6,191,544,621

Click here for all levy rates in Hall 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: Raymond Aguilar (District 35)
Committees: Banking Commerce and Insurance, Government Military and Veterans Affairs, Reference, Executive Board

Map and statistics for Legislative District 35

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

Hall County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 28

Year Authorized: 1858

Year Organized: 1858

Etymology: Augustus Hall (Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court)

     Situated between the Middle Loup River to the north and the Platte River to the south, Hall County defied the initial bleak agricultural assessments made by government engineers in the early 19th century. In fact, the county’s proud agricultural tradition dates back to the Pawnee, who relied upon the Platte River to irrigate their crops. Although the buffalo remained a key staple for many Native American tribes, the Pawnee were so successful in cultivating the land that they relied more on the corn grown along the river than the buffalo roaming the plains. Later, when European settlers arrived and assumed control of Nebraska territory with the help of the U.S. Army, they, too, grew abundant corn harvests.

     In 1858, the Territorial Legislature created Hall County, though the county’s boundaries would be re-drawn in 1864 and 1871. The county draws its name from Augustus Hall, the contemporary chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court. Like many other Nebraska counties, two main westward expansions helped populate the early communities of Hall County. First, the Mormon Trail brought settlers and helped sustain towns supporting travelers moving west. Later, the expanding railroad fueled populations booms and generated capital that turned sparse settlements into towns and cities within only a few years.

     The rail line gave rise to a settlement on the north side of the Platte River. Aptly named for a large island within the river, Grand Island Station would become incorporated within a decade and claim the county seat. The city would later shorten its name to Grand Island.

     Today, Hall County remains rich in not only agriculture, but also manufacturing and tourism. The Stuhr Museum remains one of the top “living museums” in the country, and the migration of Sandhill cranes makes Hall County an international destination for birdwatchers. The county also features wineries, art-deco theaters, horse racing, and numerous events, including the Harvest of Harmony, which set a world record in 1996 for most marching bands in a parade.

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Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 8

Time Zone: Central

Number of Veterans: 3,149

Zoned County: Yes

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 173

Election Data

Voter Turnout (2022): 45.34%

Number of Registered Voters (2020): 35,100

Number of Precincts (2020): 23

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 22

Land Area per Polling Place (avg.) (2020): 24.84 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

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

Natural Resource Districts: Central Platte NRD, Lower Loup NRD

State Lands (acres): Cheyenne SRA (32.61), Cornhusker WMA (842.12), Grand Island Rest Area EB (23.5), Grand Island Rest Area WB (5.2), Loch Linda WMA (28.29), Martin's Reach WMA (90), Mormon Island SRA (152.20), Wood River West WMA (28.18)

Federal Lands (acres): Hannon WPA (963)

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)