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Hooker County

Hooker County Seat (pop.): Mullen (500)

Courthouse Address and Hours:

303 Northwest 1st Street
Mullen, Nebraska 69152
M-F 8:30 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:30pm

County Board Chairperson: Bryan Crisp

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 2nd Thursday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds


NACO District: West Central

District President: Cayla Richards, Red Willow Commissioner

District First Vice President: Brett Nason, McPherson County Commissioner

District Second Vice President: Corey Crandall, Keith County Commissioner

District Secretary/Treasurer: Penelope Cooper, Red Willow Deputy County Clerk

NACO Board Representatives: Earl McNutt, Red Willow County Commissioner


Click for a live look at Hooker County (south of Mullen)

General

Population: 734
Land area (sq. mi.): 721.16
Population per square mile: 1.0

Race

White: 95.1%
African American: 0.0%
American Indian: 0.4%
Asian: 0.3%
Hispanic: 3.3%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 1.1%

Age

0-17: 22.5%
18-64: 48.6%
65+: 28.9%

Socioeconomics

Personal income per capita: $49,027
% of Population in Poverty: 7.9%
# of Housing Units: 412
Owner-occupied rate: 59.8%
Median home price: $111,030

Technology

Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 22.7%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 2.0% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website: https://co.hooker.ne.us/webpages/links/public_notices.html

High school graduate or higher: 93.8%

Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.8%

School Districts: Mullen Public Schools

Countywide child care capacity: 2 providers; 21 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.


Hooker County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $33,801,000

Ag. Producers (Cattle): 72

Ag. Producers (Crop): 5

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

Electricity Providers: Custer PPD, PREMA, Village of Mullen

Rail-served Communities: Mullen

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: $0.2422 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $849,122

Total local government property taxes levied: $3,262,418

Total countywide taxable valuation: $350,634,420

Click here for all levy rates in Hooker 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)

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: Mike Jacobson (District 42)
Committees: Agriculture, Business and Labor, Government, Military and Veterans Affairs

Map and statistics for Legislative District 42

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Hooker County History

Year Founded: 1889

Number of Registered Historic Places: 3

Etymology: Thomas Hooker (U.S. army general)

Despite the fact the Middle Loup and the Dismal Rivers cross what today is Hooker County, for many years the area was not as well suited as other counties in the Sandhills for farming or livestock grazing. This led to the county developing at a much slower place than some of its neighbors.

For many years the area was a hunting ground for the Sioux Indians and home to buffalo and other wildlife that roamed the rolling hills and deep valleys. The area remained government controlled land and was not open for settlement.

The first permanent settlers in the area homesteaded along the Dismal River in 1884. Other homesteaders slowly moved in and filed claims on both sides of the two rivers. A trading post was established just west of the the present site of Mullen.

In 1877 the Grand Island and Wyoming line of the Burlington Railroad advanced from Broken Bow to near Whitman in neighboring Grant County. Since the railroad was having difficulty obtaining the land it wanted near the trading post for a switching yard, crews laid a switch siding about a mile to the east. A boxcar was used as a depot and it was named Mullen, in honor of one of the contractors building the rail line.

Eleven years later, Amos Gandy and George Trefren purchased land near the depot and laid out the townsite of Mullen. They designated one block of the original town to be used for a courthouse once the county was formed. That would occur the following year when the Legislature established the boundaries for a new county to be named Hooker, in honor of Civil War Gen. Joseph Hooker. During that year the first election was held, county officers conducted their first meetings, taxes were levied, and bonds were sold in the amount of $1,521 for the construction of a courthouse and jail. The two-room structure was completed by the following November.

By 1920 Hooker County reached a peak population of 1,300 and three years later a larger brick courthouse was built.

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License Plate Number: 93

Time Zone: Mountain

Zoned County: Yes

Number of Veterans: 71

Voter Turnout (2022): 70.02%

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

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 1

County Library: Hooker County Library

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)

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