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Seward County

Seward County Seat (pop.): Seward (7,643)

Cities, Towns, and Villages (pop.): Beaver Crossing (375), Bee (171), Cordova (92), Garland (210), Goehner (181), Milford (2,155), Pleasant Dale (218), Staplehurst (236), Tamora (44), Utica (840)

Courthouse Address and Hours:

529 Seward Street
Seward, Nebraska 68434
M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: John Culver

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: Tuesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: Southeast

President: Emily Haxby, Gage County Supervisor

Vice President: Misty Ahmic, Seward County Commissioner

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 Seward County (north of Pleasant Dale)


Population: 17,603
Land area (sq. mi.): 571.43
Population per square mile: 30.8


White: 94.4%
African American: 0.8%
American Indian: 0.5%
Asian: 0.5%
Hispanic: 2.7%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%


0-17: 23.5%
18-64: 58.8%
65+: 17.7%


Personal income per capita: $58,829
% of Population in Poverty: 6.8%
# of Housing Units: 7,170
Owner-occupied rate: 71.2%
Median home price: $211,490


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 74.0%

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

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 1.8% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 94.7%

Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.7%

School Districts: Centennial Public Schools, Crete Public Schools, David City Public Schools, Dorchester Public Schools, East Butler Public Schools, Exeter-Milligan Public Schools, Friend Public Schools, Malcolm Public Schools, Milford Public Schools, Raymond Central Public Schools

Countywide child care capacity: 27 providers; 904 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.

Seward County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $745,294,000

Ag. Producers (Cattle): 245

Ag. Producers (Crop): 235

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

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

Electricity Providers: City of Seward, Nebraska PPD, Norris PPD, Perennial PPD

Rail-served Communities: Milford, Pleasant, Staplehurst, Tamora, Utica

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: $0.2943 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $9,916,048

Total local government property taxes levied: $48,050,758

Total countywide taxable valuation: $3,369,187,368

Click here for all levy rates in Seward 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: Jana Hughes (District 24)
Committees: Agriculture, General Affairs, Natural Resources, Building Maintenance

Map and statistics for Legislative District 24

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Seward County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 9

Year Authorized: 1855

Year Organized: 1865

Etymology: William Seward (U.S. secretary of state)

The boundaries of what today is Seward County were defined by the Territorial Legislature on Jan. 26, 1856. The original name given to the county was Greene, after a Gen. Greene of Missouri. But when the Civil War broke out Gen. Greene joined the Confederacy so on Jan. 3, 1862, members of the Territorial Legislature voted to rename the county in honor of William A. Seward, Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln.

County organization began in 1865, but it was not until 1871 that a county seat was selected. The townsites of Seward, Milford and Camden each sought this honor. As can best be determined, the "election" that followed was simply a matter of "Seward, yea or nay." To quell any objections to the "election," a frame building was quickly put up to serve as a courthouse.

A unique part of Seward County's history was the development of the present courthouse and the benefactors who contributed to it.

As the number of county records accumulated, it became apparent that a larger fireproof building was needed. Several times between 1879 and 1900 the idea was proposed, but each time it failed due to the anticipated cost. In 1900, Lewis Moffitt, who owned the land on which the city of Seward is located, died. Moffitt's will stated that upon the death of his wife, Mary, his land should be sold and the money be used to build a courthouse and jail at a cost of not less than $100,000.

By 1904 a campaign was well under way to build the courthouse that Moffitt had envisioned. On Sept. 20, 1905, the cornerstone was laid amid a festive celebration that attracted what was estimated at between 8,000 and 10,000 people. As construction progressed there were numerous suggestions on how the county could show its appreciation to the Moffitts. Some even suggested renaming the county in their honor. It was ultimately decided that a plaque honoring the Moffitts be installed inside the courthouse. In 1980 the impressive building and tree-lined courthouse square that were the result of Moffitt's early vision celebrated its 75th anniversary.

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License Plate Number: 16

Time Zone: Central

Zoned County: Yes

Number of Veterans: 1,030

Voter Turnout (2022): 59.52%

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

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 183

Number of County-Owned Dams: 6

State Lands (acres): Blue River Rest Area EB (17.3), Blue River SRA (14), Branched Oak WMA (2,865.56 Lancaster & Seward), Burr Oak WMA (138.50), Goehner Rest Area WB (9.3), Oak Glen WMA (632.58), North Lake Basin WMA (364), Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center (156), Shypoke WMA (160), Straight Water WMA (240), Twin Lakes WMA (1,270)

Federal Lands (acres): Freeman Lakes WPA (350 Seward & York), Tamora WPA (283.38)

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)