It’s all about location! That certainly applies in Saunders County, they say.
“Whether I was at the school or at the county, I think location is what makes Saunders County unique. We’re bordered by larger populated areas on three sides that provide many different services, yet we have our own small town identity,” says retired Wahoo Public Schools Superintendent Ed Rastovski, now a member of the county’s Board of Supervisors.
Board of Supervisors Chair Doris Karloff agrees.
“We are like a hidden jewel, and we like it that way. We are not metropolitan, but being so close to the largest major cities in Nebraska makes our location that much better. We have the best of both worlds, rural and city,” she says.
Bordered on the east by Douglas County and Omaha and on the south by Lancaster County and Lincoln, Saunders County is included within what is known as the Metropolitan Statistical Area, notes Supervisor Leroy Hanson. Yet, the county is definitely considered rural and its economy is driven largely by an expansive agricultural base.