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Logan County

Communities and Development

Logan County Seat: Stapleton

Total County Population (2020): 716

  • Villages (pop.): Gandy (34), Stapleton (267)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 415 (58%)

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

  • Agriculture: 98%
    • By method: Pasture (pure grassland) (86%); Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (3%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (9%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Livestock (grassland) 83%, Corn 7%, Soybeans 2%, Alfalfa 1% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (4%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 2%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

317 Main St
Stapleton, NE 69163
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Fridays

County Board Chairperson: Scott Gaites

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: Every 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

General

Population: 716
Land area (sq. mi.): 570.70
Population per square mile: 1.3


Race and Age

Race

White: 92.9%
African American: 0.0%
American Indian: 0.0%
Asian: 0.6%
Hispanic: 3.2%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 3.4%

Age

0-17: 22.4%
18-64: 54.0%
65+: 23.6%


Socioeconomics

Personal income per capita: $60,186
% of Population in Poverty: 9.3%
# of Housing Units: 367
Owner-occupied rate: 82.5%
Median home price: $127,450


Technology

Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 55.3%

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: https://logancounty.ne.gov/webpages/links/public_notices.html

High school graduate or higher: 95.1%

School Districts: Arnold Public Schools, Sandhills Public Schools, Stapleton Public Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.6%

Community College Service Area: Mid-Plains Community College


Logan County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $35,245,000

Cattle Producers: 76

Crop Producers: 42

  • Irrigated Land Cash Rent (avg.): $191/acre/yr

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

Electricity Providers: Custer PPD


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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 560

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 0

Click for real time:

Groundwater level data near U.S. Hwy 83 & County Rd. 90 (2 mi. north of Stapleton)


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: $0.3053 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $1,126,591

Total local government property taxes levied: $4,353,916

Total countywide taxable valuation: $369,012,857

Click here for all levy rates in Logan 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: Mike Jacobson (District 42)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings): 

Select Committees:

  • Committee on Committees

Special Committees: 

  • Legislative Performance Audit
  • Statewide Tourism and Recreation Water Access and Resource Sustainability

Map and statistics for Legislative District 42

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Logan County History

Year Founded: 1885

Etymology: John Logan (U.S. army general)

     To have settled in Logan County in its early years was to make a brave stand against the wilderness with little more than basic supplies, resilience, ingenuity, and the unshakeable confidence in one’s knowledge and abilities. Winters brought blizzards, summers brought prairie fires, and the wind blew uncontested throughout the year. Though game was abundant in many places, water and timber were not, and the earliest domiciles were sod houses. The distance between homes and settlements was vast, and many people went weeks without encountering another soul. 

     Following its organization by the Legislature in 1885, Logan County immediately set about establishing its county seat. Many groups wished to capitalize on the scarce population and establish the county seat—and the commerce it would bring—in their area of the county. Jim Gandy, then living in Broken Bow, informed real estate speculators that he would move to and help fund the proposed settlement if they named the town after him. An agreement was struck, and the town of Gandy became Logan County’s first seat. True to his word, Mr. Gandy funded several business ventures and construction projects, including the first county courthouse. Despite its humble beginnings, Logan County prospered and gained a thousand residents within its first decade.

     But as always, the railroad had the final word about the stability and future of an early Nebraska community. In 1911, the Union Pacific Railroad expanded through Logan County and chose Stapleton, not Gandy, as its western terminus. Stapleton quickly began accumulating banks, businesses, and other commerce from Gandy, and in 1929, a special election moved the county seat from Gandy to Stapleton.

     Logan County’s legacy of resilience and patience endurance has been passed down through generations. The county was named after Civil War General John Logan (who led the movement to create Memorial Day), and many early settlers were Civil War veterans who farmed and ranched the area. Today, these same proud industries continue to sustain the county and its residents.

Logan County Excellence

Logan County Veterans Service Officer Richard Cook, who also serves as Logan County's Highway Superintendent and Weed Control Superintendent, has dedicated his time to assisting veterans throughout the county since 2008. Additionally, in recent years Richard has served as the Veterans Service Officer for Thomas County and McPherson County.

To help veterans obtain the benefits they deserve, Richard often travels to veterans' homes to help process their claims, as well as drives veterans to Kearney or North Platte to help them receive necessary exams.

Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 87

Time Zone: Central

Number of Veterans: 48

Zoned County: Yes

County Library: Logan County Library


Election Data

General Election Turnout (2022): 61.18%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 557

Number of Precincts (2020): 1

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 1

Land Area per Polling Place (avg.) (2020): 570.70 sq. miles


Intergovernmental Data

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

Natural Resource Districts: Upper Loup NRD

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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