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Webster County

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Webster County Seat: Red Cloud

Total County Population (2020): 3,395

  • Cities (pop. & class): Blue Hill (805 • 2nd Class), Red Cloud (962 • 2nd Class)
  • Villages (pop.): Bladen (205), Cowles (21), Guide Rock (199), Inavale (66)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 1,203 (35%)

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

  • Agriculture: 90%
    • By method: Pasture (pure grassland) (40%); Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (32%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (19%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Livestock (grassland) 39%, Corn 27%, Soybeans 18%, Wheat 3%, Alfalfa 3%, Sorghum 1% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (2%) and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 8%
  • Timber: 2%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

621 N Cedar Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: TJ Vance

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 1st & 3rd Tuesday

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


Population: 3,395
Land area (sq. mi.): 574.91
Population per square mile: 5.9

Race and Age


White: 91.6%
African American: 0.4%
American Indian: 0.4%
Asian: 0.3%
Hispanic: 4.4%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 2.9%


0-17: 22.7%
18-64: 54.7%
65+: 22.6%


Personal income per capita: $57,191
% of Population in Poverty: 10.2%
# of Housing Units: 1,788
Owner-occupied rate: 77.4%
Median home price: $88,110


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 85.1%

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

Employment, Education, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 2.3% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 94.9%

School Districts: Adams Central Public Schools, Blue Hill Public Schools, Red Cloud Community Schools, Silver Lake Public Schools, South Central Public Schools, Superior Public Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 22.4%

Community College Service Area: Central Community College

Countywide child care capacity: 2 providers; 90 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.

Webster County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $210,440,000

Cattle Producers: 187

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $41/acre

Crop Producers: 112

  • Dryland Cash Rent (avg.): $110/acre
  • Irrigated Land Cash Rent (avg.): $208/acre

Dairy Producers: 1

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: CHS, CPI, Fairfield Non-Stock Co-op

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

Electricity Providers: City of Blue Hill, City of Red Cloud, South Central PPD, Southern PPD

Wind Turbines Operating (MW): 113 turbines (272,460 MW total)

Rail-served Communities: Blue Hill, Cowles, Guide Rock, Red Cloud

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

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 901

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 82

Click for real time:

Streamflow data on the Republican River at Guide Rock

Groundwater level data near Rd. K & Rd. 300 (3.5 mi. northwest of Inavale)

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: $0.35895 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $3,904,054

Total local government property taxes levied: $15,722,823

Total countywide taxable valuation: $1,089,037,746

Federal PILT payment to Webster County (FY2022): $3,432 regarding 1,168 federally-owned acres

Click here for all levy rates in Webster 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: Dave Murman (District 38)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings): 

Select Committees:

  • Committee on Committees

Map and statistics for Legislative District 38

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Webster County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 36

Year Authorized: 1871

Year Organized: 1871

Etymology: Daniel Webster (U.S. senator)

The Territorial Legislature first established the boundaries of what is Webster County on Feb. 16, 1867. It would not be until four years later, however, that steps were taken to officially organize the county.

Webster County was attached to Jefferson County for a period of time. But in early 1871 the settlers in this area began meeting in dugouts to discuss what measures should be taken to petition for the separation of this area from Jefferson County and organize it as a new county. The initial meeting was held in the dugout of Silas Garber, said to be one of the first settlers in the area. As a consequence of this local effort, acting Gov. William H. James issued a proclamation on April 10 of that year calling for a special election to be conducted for the purpose of electing county officers and locating a county seat. The election was scheduled for nine days later.

Election day saw 42 votes cast. Among the county officers elected was Garber, who was selected to serve as judge. In addition, the site selected to serve as the county seat was located on Garber's claim. The area around Garber's homestead eventually became Red Cloud, the present county seat, and Garber himself would later be elected governor of Nebraska. Upon being organized, the county was officially named in honor of American statesman Daniel Webster.

The same year that the county was organized there were great fears of Indian attacks. Rumors persisted that Teton Sioux Chief Red Cloud, after whom the county seat was later named, was camped near the Garber stockade and accompanying him was a band of anywhere from 100 to more than 1,000 warriors. Following a period of confusion among the settlers, the rumor proved to be unfounded.

The year 1872 brought the first of real wave of immigrants to Webster County. Drawn by the Republican River and the fertile soil that could be found on both sides, these immigrants quickly began laying out homesteads and cultivating the land to plant crops. Webster County quickly began to prosper as a result of agriculture and continues to do so today.

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Communities and Development

License Plate Number: 45

Time Zone: Central

Number of Veterans: 236

Zoned County: Yes

County Hospital: Webster County Community Hospital

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 149

Number of County-Owned Dams: 3

Election Data

General Election Turnout (2022): 58.67%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 2,297

Number of Precincts (2020): 5

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 5

Land Area per Polling Place (avg.) (2020): 114.98 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

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

Natural Resource Districts: Lower Republican NRD, Little Blue NRD

State Lands (acres): Elm Creek WMA (120), Guide Rock Diversion Dam WMA (518), Indian Creek WMA (124.93), Narrows WMA (236.40)

Federal Lands (acres): Guide Rock Diversion Dam Operations (518)

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)