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Central City, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/17/2014


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Central City, Nebraska

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  East-Central Nebraska in the Platte River Valley. US Highway 30 and State Highway 14 intersect in Central City, 20 miles NE of Grand Island.

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General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2012
    Change
Central City.......2,9342,915-0.6%
Merrick County .......7,8457,780-0.8%
Labor Market Population1.......125,766127,6461.5%

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......... 1,048 190 832 1,138 668 72 3,876 49.8 %
Female...... 1,020 184 819 1,096 785 133 3,904 50.2 %

Total: 2,068 374 1,651 2,234 1,453 205

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 42.8 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)
Merrick
County
(2012)
Area
Labor Force
(2012)1
Labor Force.....1,020,9134,25072,849    
Total Employment.....980,6684,10070,306    
Unemployment.....40,2481502,543    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.5%3.5%    

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$18.12$26.48$47.55
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.69$13.68$18.36
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$8.63$14.26$26.66
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.92$14.02$21.06
Civil Engineers$20.69$33.83$50.64
Computer Operators$8.83$13.19$17.72
Computer Programmers$16.89$26.81$40.21
Computer Systems Analysts$17.67$31.98$52.38
Customer Service Representatives$9.00$13.53$20.61
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$12.72$15.89$18.76
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.15$13.13$19.20
Data Entry Keyers$8.23$10.24$15.62
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.41$13.88$20.60
Driver/Sales Workers$8.04$9.75$18.99
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$14.60$30.73$35.15
Electrical Engineers$26.08$32.71$47.59
Electricians$11.34$18.26$27.95
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$7.87$8.95$11.13
Industrial Engineers$23.47$33.04$46.68
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$12.97$20.04$28.94
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$10.21$12.74$17.24
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.67$12.53$17.19
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.55$15.67$18.63
Machinists$11.49$15.43$22.87
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.58$19.15$23.85
Mechanical Engineers$24.31$35.64$45.53
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$19.82$26.38$32.73
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$12.17$16.45$18.96
Nursing Assistants$9.27$10.98$14.53
Office Clerks, General$8.21$10.93$15.91
Orderlies$8.83$10.92$14.11
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.39$12.35$14.80
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.79$11.54$15.16
Registered Nurses$20.15$25.68$34.63
Retail Salespersons$8.08$9.71$20.29
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$8.94$12.94$18.63
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$10.63$14.51$19.22
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.06$9.79$18.44
Telemarketers$12.64$13.98$15.30
Tool and Die Makers$14.70$23.10$28.67
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$11.73$18.02$26.22
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.71$11.96$23.63
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$12.17$16.43$22.72
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$16.89$21.37$27.24

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

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............1%
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.....111
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8021
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....Highway 28120

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

Nebraska Right in the Middle!

Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Destination
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Railroad
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....1151-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....981-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5831-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6373-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4291-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....2901-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....14404-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....4371-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13574-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....5341-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....2 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,715 feet
Length of longest runway.....2,900 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....20 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 119
Kansas City International 273
Denver International 422

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....60
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Union Pacific
Central Nebraska
Burlington Northern

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Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Central City
  phone - (308) 946-3806
  website - www.cc-ne.com
  email - ctyadm@cconline.net

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: 800-282-6773 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
  website - www.nppd.com
  email -econdev@nppd.com
  comments -
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state's largest electric utility, has a diverse mix of generation, including nuclear, coal, hydro, gas and oil, and wind. NPPD delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans and has ample capacity to meet the needs of new loads. Nebraska's electric costs are among the lowest in the nation. NPPD's professional Economic Development Team is available to assist with expansion and retention of existing business and new business locations. Contact the Economic Development Team by emailing econdev@nppd.com or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online @ sites.nppd.com. Utility information can be found @ www.nppd.com.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....City

Water:
Provider.....City
Major Source.....Well
If Wells, Average Depth.....100 feet
Rated Capacity.....2.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....51.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....187.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....500,000 gallons
Hardness.....230 ppm
Treated.....No
Temperature Range.....54-56 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City
Type of Service.....Sequencing Batch Reactor
Rated Capacity.....0.250 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.250 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....3.000 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Telecommunications:
Name of Local Service Provider.....QWEST
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....10

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Actual Valuation of City: $61,945,000 (year 2002)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2002
City.......$0.4500000
County.......$0.2200000
School.......$1.3600000
Other.......$0.1230000
Total Real Property.......$2.1530000

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2002
General Obligation.........$2,918,073.00
Revenue.........$150,000.00

top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... Mayor/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1996 (year)
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... No
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 90 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 35
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 5
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 77

top of page EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 12781:13
Middle / Jr. High 12551:16
Senior High 12611:11
Trade & Tech Schools 0
Community College 0
Four-Year College 0
University 0
 
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 0
Middle / Jr. High 0
Senior High 0
Colleges 0

top of page RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....2
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....0
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....2 mile(s)
Camping.....No
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 36
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 11
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $60
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $300

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Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....33
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....12
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....3
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....3
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....21
Veterinarian(s).....3

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Machine Shops in City.......1
Tool & Die Services in City.......0
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......1

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......0

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......4
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......44

Number of Protestant Churches.......12
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......3
Total Number of Rooms Available.......41

Number of Banks in City.......3
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......1

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......Yes

top of page LOCAL MANUFACTURING CHARACTERISTICS
Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....2
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0

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Leading Employers in Community:

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Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Buildings Available on LOIS for Central City

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Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......1
Details Available in Print.......Yes

top of page COMMUNITY NOTES
Our Community: Central City is the county seat of Merrick County. Basic economic activities include irrigated farming, cattle feeding, manufacturing and retail.

Local
Development
Contact:
Miles McGinnis
City of Central CIty
P.O. Box 418
1515 17th St
Central City, Nebraska 68826
Phone:(308) 946-3806
Fax:(308) 946-3334
Email: CCEcDev@gmail.com
Website: www.cc-ne.com
 Chris Anderson
City of Central City
P.O. Box 418
1515 17th St.
Central City, NE 68826
Phone:(308) 946-3806
Fax:(308) 946-3334
Email: ctyadm@cconline.net
Website: www.cc-ne.com
 
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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