Life in Thayer County, Nebraska

Life is good in Thayer County. Our 11 unique communities offer something special - the opportunity to live where people know and support each other, children and businesses. We live life together and come together to accomplish big things. From saving a local restaurant to building a state of the art wellness center and community centers, we accomplish things together and invite you to join us.

When it comes to fun - we know how to have it. Our outdoor recreation is incredible and ranges from a beautiful golf course to an archery center, playgrounds, sports complexes, lakes for fishing, hunting, canoeing, hiking and more. We also have a strong arts program, museum and theater.

Charming Downtowns

Thayer County offers multiple quaint downtowns including Downtown Bruning known for hometown cooking at Betty’s Place, Downtown Deschler which is home to Spring Creek Model Trains that hosts a yearly expo and Downtown Belvidere which is home to Thayer County Museum as well as local trails and parks.

About Thayer County

Situated in South Central Nebraska along the Kansas border, Thayer County hosts a thriving agricultural community with a strong history rooted in the railroad system and the Historic Oregon Trail. Thayer County offers an ideal repreve from the city, with its pastoral landscapes and hometown friendliness. With small Midwestern schools, affordable housing and home-improvement grant programs, Thayer County is a great place to call home. Ideally located just 95 miles southwest of Lincoln, these communities that make up Thayer County provide wholesome and affordable small town living where entrepreneurship, community and quality of life flourish. Building your dream home is easy with the many competitive and affordable incentives available.

It’s Affordable to Live Here

Our cost of living is just 72% of the national average and much of that is attributed to our affordable housing rates. The median home price in Thayer County is just $77,850!

Thayer County Economic Development Alliance has funds available through the Nebraska Affordable Housing Program to provide down payment assistance to homebuyers for the purchase of existing homes, within Thayer County.

Generous financial assistance is available to qualifying homes ranging in amounts from $5,000-$20,000 per household. Several communities within Thayer County provide this assistance through grant programs to help with costs of home improvements.