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Loup County

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Loup County Seat: Taylor

Total County Population (2020): 607

  • Villages (pop.): Taylor (141)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 466 (77%)

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

  • Agriculture: 95%
    • By method: Pasture (pure grassland) (89%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (4%); Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (2%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Livestock (grassland) 90%, Corn 2%, Soybeans 1%, Alfalfa 1%, Sorghum 1% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (2%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 5%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

408 4th Street
Taylor, Nebraska 68879
M-TH 8:30 am - 5:00 pm & 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Friday

County Board Chairperson: David Larson

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 2nd Wednesday

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 Loup County (south of Taylor)


Population: 607
Land area (sq. mi.): 563.52
Population per square mile: 1.1

Race and Age


White: 93.1%
African American: 0.0%
American Indian: 0.0%
Asian: 0.2%
Hispanic: 3.0%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 3.8%


0-17: 18.7%
18-64: 53.3%
65+: 28.0%


Personal income per capita: $69,695
% of Population in Poverty: 15.1%
# of Housing Units: 419
Owner-occupied rate: 79.0%
Median home price: $97,090


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 55.9%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 2.2% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 98.2%

School Districts: Loup County Public Schools, Sandhills Public Schools, Sargent Public Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.6%

Community College Service Area: Mid-Plains Community College

Loup County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $32,317,000

Cattle Producers: 67

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $25/acre

Crop Producers: 46

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

Electricity Providers: Custer PPD

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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 305

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 51

Click for real time:

Streamflow data on the North Loup River at Taylor

Groundwater level data at western end of Long Valley Rd. (13 mi. northwest of Taylor) • Eastern well in row of 2

Groundwater level data at western end of Long Valley Rd. (13 mi. northwest of Taylor) • Western well in row of 2


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: $0.2225 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $729,695

Total local government property taxes levied: $3,554,194

Total countywide taxable valuation: $327,952,070

Federal PILT payment to Loup County (FY2022): $27,575 regarding 9,386 federally-owned acres

Click here for all levy rates in Loup 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 Brewer (District 43)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings):

Special Committees:

  • State-Tribal Relations

Map and statistics for Legislative District 43

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Loup County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 2

Year Authorized: 1883

Year Organized: 1883

Etymology: Loup River

     The Legislature organized Loup County in 1883, the same year in which the town of Taylor seized the county seat from Kent, winning the election by only 2 votes over Almeria. The original county courthouse, unlike most others, was not built using public funds. Rather, a local resident built and donated the building which served as a courthouse for a remarkable 74 years. In 1958, the county built a new courthouse featuring long-sought amenities, such as bathrooms and drinking water.

     Loup County takes its name from the nearby Loup River, which in turn takes its name from a Native American tribe who inhabited the area. Called the Skidi Pawnee, their name means “Wolf Creek People” in French. Hence, European settlers began incorporating the French word “loup,” meaning wolf, when naming local rivers, landmarks, and communities. The Calumus River, named for the calamus plant, is the other vital river in Loup County, eventually finding its way to the Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area. The river’s source is the Ogallala Aquifer, meaning the river continues flow during the hot summer months when other tributaries dry up.

     The Pavillion Hotel in Taylor is one of Loup County’s most unique gems, a three-story structure built in 1887 in anticipation of the railroad. Like so many frontier dreams, the railroad never arrived, the blessing of business fell upon other towns, and the hotel failed, though it remains a prominent landmark today. Taylor is also the home of the “Taylor Villagers,” 120 black and white re-creations of actual residents scattered throughout the town, celebrating the community’s past and present heritage. 

Each year during the Loup County Fair, the county courthouse closes early on Thursday (Kid's Day at the County Fair), as well as all day on Friday, in order to allow county employees to attend and assist at the county fair with activities such as 4-H. Participation by county employees and their families in the county fair each year is a tradition supported by the Loup County Board of Commissioners.

Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 88

Time Zone: Central

Number of Veterans: 32

Zoned County: Yes

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 9

Election Data

General Election Turnout (2022): 65.34%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 527

Number of Precincts (2020): 1

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 1

Land Area per Polling Place (avg.) (2020): 563.52 sq. miles


Intergovernmental Data

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

Natural Resource Districts: Lower Loup NRD

State Lands (acres): Calamus Reservoir WMA (9,942 Garfield & Loup), Kent Diversion Dam WMA (194), Myrtle E. Hall WMA (1,960 Custer & Loup) (all lands leased by Neb. Game & Parks Commission from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Federal Lands (acres): Kent Diversion Dam Operations (87)

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)