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Center, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/19/2014


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Center, Nebraska

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General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2012
    Change
Center.......94940.0%
Knox County .......8,7018,573-1.5%
Labor Market Population1.......82,67582,328-0.4%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2013. City populations estimated to be released July 2013.

County Age Distribution (2012) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 1,125 155 806 1,254 851 100 4,191 48.9 %
Female...... 1,112 160 709 1,254 1,147 265 4,382 51.1 %

Total: 2,237 315 1,515 2,508 1,998 365

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 47.2 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2012.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey

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Nebraska
State
(2011)
Knox
County
(2012)
Area
Labor Force
(2012)1
Labor Force.....1,020,9135,01544,725    
Total Employment.....980,6684,85743,210    
Unemployment.....40,2481581,601    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.2%3.6%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (800) 282-6773.
Source: Year end 2012, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/28/2013.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Percentile
Median 90th
Percentile
Accountants and Auditors$18.25$27.77$45.86
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$8.42$12.87$17.02
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$9.86$16.78$25.25
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$8.94$13.71$19.88
Civil Engineers$20.46$38.06$54.54
Computer Operators$8.93$14.56$23.15
Computer Programmers$16.88$30.37$92.53
Computer Systems Analysts$24.54$39.72$92.53
Customer Service Representatives$9.13$13.18$19.16
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$13.12$17.83$22.84
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.20$14.78$24.64
Data Entry Keyers$11.33$16.76$22.56
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.12$11.45$14.30
Driver/Sales Workers$8.26$11.35$25.34
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$18.50$29.49$38.13
Electrical Engineers$27.04$36.49$48.23
Electricians$12.74$17.19$31.58
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.01$16.41$19.10
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$7.90$9.35$11.72
Industrial Engineers$25.12$34.53$46.36
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.30$17.73$23.12
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$11.19$13.92$18.71
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.63$12.46$17.88
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.54$17.00$19.28
Machinists$11.89$17.19$26.03
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.90$19.88$24.65
Mechanical Engineers$20.24$30.01$43.16
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$20.22$28.19$35.72
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.27$20.80$23.61
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$12.05$15.54$18.48
Nursing Assistants$9.63$11.09$14.13
Office Clerks, General$8.29$11.38$16.63
Orderlies$9.75$10.97$14.14
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.23$13.07$16.91
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.47$11.73$15.65
Registered Nurses$19.63$25.00$34.12
Retail Salespersons$8.13$9.68$17.66
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.35$12.54$18.13
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$9.76$14.37$19.07
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.06$9.74$15.09
Telemarketers$8.02$9.35$14.46
Tool and Die Makers$16.63$21.12$23.83
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$11.57$18.27$24.13
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.89$16.48$30.12
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$11.76$16.02$24.01
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$14.44$17.24$19.20

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Fourth Quarter 2013.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

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Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
FederalStateCounty
INTERSTATE Hwys.....0
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....0840
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate I29105
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....South Dakota Highway 5044

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Destination
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Railroad
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....193N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....197N/A1 Day
Chicago.....628N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....754N/A2-3 days
Denver.....555N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....375N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1566N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....368N/A1-2 days
New York.....1402N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....627N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....12 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,652 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,100 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....No
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....110 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 197
Kansas City International 358
Denver International 548

The Creighton Municipal Airport, one-half mile east of Creighton, has a 3,100 foot paved and lighted run way and a 2,100 foot sod runway, 100 octane fuel, and hangar space for eight planes. Six private planes are hangared there; none are available for charter. Sioux City Gateway Airport is approximately 110 miles east of Creighton.

Barge:

The Sioux City river port is 110 miles east of Center. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains s 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River. Commodities transported by towing companies are alfalfa pellets, cement, concrete forms, distillers' dried grain, feed, feed ingredients, fertilizer, grain, machinery, molasses, newsprint, nitrogen fertilizer solution, propylene glycol, rock-aggregate, salt, steel, and twine.

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 34 mile(s)
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Nebraska Northeastern Railroad


The Nebraska Northeastern Railroad provides the nearest rail service at Osmond, 34 miles south of Center.

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Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: North Central Public Power District
  phone - (800) 578-1060
  website - www.ncppd.com
  email - ncentral@ncppd.net

Wholesale Supplier: North Central Public Power District

Water:
Provider.....Village of Center
Major Source.....Well
Storage Capacity.....18,000 gallons
Treated.....No

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Center
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The connection for waste water is a 50/50 with the Village of Center.

Telecommunications:
Name of Local Service Provider.....Great Plains Communications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....5

Internet access is available through Great Plains Communications.

top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... Village Board
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... No
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... No
Percent of Streets Paved..... 25 %

Center does not have a library. Residents utilize the libraries in Verdigre, Bloomfield, and Creighton. Center does not have a fire department, the community is served by the Creighton Fire District.

top of page RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....3
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....4
Public Swimming Pool(s).....5
Public Park(s).....6
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....15 mile(s)
Camping.....Yes
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

The Niobrara and Missouri rivers are available for boating, swimming, fishing, etc. The Niobrara State Park is only 15 miles from Center and is filled with activites such as swimming, horse back riding, camping, hiking, sand volleyball, river rafting, and many others. Creighton, Niobrara, and Plainview all of golf courses that residents use. There are tennis courts in Creighton, Bloomfield, Niobrara, and Verdigre. There are swimming pools in Verdigre, Creighton, Niobrara, Bloomfield and Wausa. Center, Creighton, Wausa, Bloomfield, and Verdigre have public parks. Santee has public campgrounds available.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 1
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $225
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $225

Center is great place to move and raise your family. The cost of living is very affordable. There is housing available and organizations in the area that offer down payment assistance to assist you in purchasing a home. Please consider Center in your future.

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Machine Shops in City.......2

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly

Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes

Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......0
Total Number of Rooms Available.......0

Number of Banks in City.......1

Chamber of Commerce.......No
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......No

top of page COMMUNITY NOTES
Our Community: Center, Nebraska is a small community in northeastern Nebraska founded in 1901. As with other cities of similar size, economics is a major factor in activities and improvements. However, residents of the community are working hard to make it inviting to new families. The residents have improved their public park by installing new landscaping, improved their picnic areas, and purchased new playground equipment. As you enter the community you will be greeted by new "Welcome to Center" signs. The small town atmosphere, plus the choice of three area schools to send children to, make Center an attractive place to live and raise a family. The quietness of the community is appealing to people of all ages.

Suggested Sites:
Knox County Development Agency representing all communities in Knox County. @ www.knoxcountyeconomicdevelopment.com
Center, Nebraska Community Website @ www.centerne.com
 
Local
Development
Contact:
Loren Hintz
Village of Center
P.O. Box 86
Center, Nebraska 68724
Phone:402-288-4495
 Tammy Henery
Village of Center
P.O. Box 86
Center, Nebraska 68724
Phone:402-288-4250
Fax:(402) 379-9207
Email: thomash@nenedd.org
Website: www.nenedd.org
 
State Contacts:Catherine Lang, Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-4747 or (800) 426-6505
Email: catherine.lang@nebraska.gov
Website: www.NebraskaAdvantage.org
 Rick Nelsen, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (800) 282-6773, ext. 5534
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: econdev@nppd.com
Website: sites.nppd.com

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