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Sarpy County

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Sarpy County Seat (pop.): Papillion

Total County Population (2020): 190,604

  • Cities (pop. & class): Bellevue (64,989 • 1st Class), Gretna (9,323 • 1st Class), LaVista (16,746 • 1st Class), Papillion (24,159 • 1st Class), Springfield (1,501 • 2nd Class)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 78,939 (41%)

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

  • Agriculture: 44%
    • By method: Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (37%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (4%); Pasture (pure grassland) (4%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Soybeans 24%, Corn 21%, Livestock (grassland) 10%, Other Hay 1%, Alfalfa 1% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (1%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 52%
  • Timber: 4%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

1210 Golden Gate Drive
Papillion, Nebraska 68046
M-F 8:00 am - 4:45 pm

County Board Chairperson: Angi Burmeister

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: Every Tuesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: Southeast

President: Misty Ahmic, Seward County Commissioner

Vice President: Patty McEvoy, Saunders County Clerk of the District Court

Secretary/Treasurer: Amber Mulberry, Saline County Clerk of the District Court

NACO Board Representative: Mark Schoenrock, Jefferson County Commissioner

Click for a live look at Sarpy County (I-80 north of the Platte River)


Population: 190,604
Land area (sq. mi.): 238.10
Population per square mile: 800.5



White: 77.2%
African American: 3.8%
American Indian: 0.3%
Asian: 2.5%
Hispanic: 10.5%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.1%
Two or More Races: 5.3%


0-17: 26.8%
18-64: 60.7%
65+: 12.5%


Personal income per capita: $58,084
% of Population in Poverty: 4.9%
# of Housing Units: 73,081
Owner-occupied rate: 69.6%
Median home price: $311,090


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 96.8%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 1.9% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 95.5%

School Districts: Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, Bellevue Public Schools, Gretna Public Schools, Louisville Public Schools, Millard Public Schools, Papillion-La Vista Community Schools, Springfield Platteview Community Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 40.5%

Community College Service Area: Metropolitan Community College

Countywide child care capacity: 230 providers; 15,069 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.

Sarpy County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $9,449,644,000

Cattle Producers: 56

Crop Producers: 72

  • Dryland Cash Rent (avg.): $216/acre
  • Irrigated Land Cash Rent (avg.): $268/acre

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Farmers Union Co-op

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

Farmers Market: 

  • Bellevue Farmers Market (June 4 - September 10, Saturdays 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
  • Papillion Farmers Market (May - August, Wednesdays 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Electricity Providers: Omaha PPD

Rail-served Communities: Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista

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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 178

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 46

Click for real time:

Streamflow data on all creeks and rivers in Sarpy County

Streamflow data on the Missouri River at Nebraska City

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: $0.2850 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $61,785,352

Total local government property taxes levied: $482,504,483

Total countywide taxable valuation: $21,682,111,476

Federal PILT payment to Sarpy County (FY2022): $3,482 regarding 1,185 federally-owned acres

Click here for all levy rates in Sarpy 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: Carol Blood (District 3)
Committees: Business and Labor, Judiciary, Urban Affairs

Map and statistics for Legislative District 3

State Senator: John Arch (District 14)
Committees: Reference, Rules, Executive Board, Legislative Performance Audit, Legislature's Planning Committee, Statewide Tourism And Recreational Water Access and Resource Sustainability (LB406), Economic Recovery Special Committee

Map and statistics for Legislative District 14

State Senator: Rick Holdcroft (District 36)
Committees: Agriculture, General Affairs, Judiciary, Legislature's Planning Committee, Justice Reinvestment Oversight (LB605), Statewide Tourism And Recreational Water Access and Resource Sustainability (LB406)

Map and statistics for Legislative District 36

State Senator: Rita Sanders (District 45)
Committees: Education, Government, Military and Veterans Affairs, Committee on Committees, Homeland Security Policy Group, Legislative Mental Health Care Capacity Strategic Planning Committee

Map and statistics for Legislative District 45

State Senator: Jen Day (District 49)
Committees: General Affairs, Health and Human Services, Urban Affairs, State-Tribal Relations, Legislative Mental Health Care Capacity Strategic Planning Committee

Map and statistics for Legislative District 49

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Sarpy County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 19

Year Authorized: 1857

Year Organized: 1857

Etymology: Peter Sarpy (county trading post commander)

Sarpy County has the honor of having within its boundaries the oldest settlement on record in Nebraska. It was a trading post set up on the bank of the Missouri River in 1805 by Spanish adventurer Mauel De Lisa. According to historical accounts, upon his arrival De Lisa was so taken by the natural beauty of the area that he exclaimed, "Belle vue."

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had actually visited the area the preceding year during their famous expedition to find the headwaters of the Missouri River. But De Lisa is credited with being the first white settler in the area.

In 1810, the American Fur Company established a trading post on this site. Col. Peter A. Sarpy was placed in charge of the post and it is in his honor that the county was eventually named. Traders for hundreds of miles to the north and west brought their furs to the post. The West Coast gold rush of 1849 brought a second wave of trading action to the area.

When the Indian title to the land expired in July 1854, the area was opened to pioneers for settlement. A short time later a steam ferry across the Missouri River went into operation to enhance immigration.

Sarpy County was once considered a part of Douglas County. On Feb. 7, 1857, the Legislature adopted an act to separate the two and create Sarpy County. For many years Bellevue served as the county seat and in 1861 a courthouse was built.

A settlement on a plateau just west of Bellevue began to develop. In time Papillion and Sarpy Center had grown from being "crossroads" to becoming villages. In 1874 the first attempt was made to move the county seat. During a special election, Sarpy Center was victorious. But before a courthouse could be built, an election in October 1875 changed the location to Papillion. After raising about $10,000, a courthouse was built in Papillion that same year. It would serve the county until 1922, when a second structure was built. The third and present courthouse was dedicated in 1975.

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Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 59

Time Zone: Central

Number of Veterans: 19,247

Zoned County: Yes

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 80

Number of County-Owned Dams: 1

Election Data

Voter Turnout (2022): 52.65%

Number of Registered Voters (2020): 122,060

Number of Precincts (2020): 52

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 41

Land Area per Polling Place (avg.) (2020): 5.81 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

Emergency Mgt. Planning, Exercise and Training (PET) Region: Tri-County

Natural Resource District: Papio-Missouri River NRD

State Lands (acres): Gifford Point WMA (1,308.03), Louisville Boat Access WMA (1.26), Melia Hill Rest Area WB (11.4), Schramm Park SRA (330.62)

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)