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Hebron, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/25/2014

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Hebron, Nebraska

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  Hebron is located in Thayer County at the crossroads of Highway 136 and the Highway 81 Expressway, 45 miles south of I-80 (York) and 90 miles north of I-70 (Salina, KS). Thayer County, located in southeast Nebraska, has a total area of 577 square miles. Hebron is the County seat and is located in the center of the county. Thayer County's southern border separates Nebraska from Kansas. Thayer County is rich in irrigated farm land and has three major manufacturing plants in the area. Hebron is located 90 minutes or 94 miles from the Lincoln and Grand Island Airport, the Omaha Airport is 140 minutes or 153 miles, and the Kansas City Airport is 210 minutes or 216 miles.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Thayer County .......5,2285,134-1.8%
Labor Market Population1.......54,68654,448-0.4%

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......... 623 79 476 789 584 108 2,551 48.8 %
Female...... 597 73 470 774 763 183 2,677 51.2 %

Total: 1,220 152 946 1,563 1,347 291

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 49.2 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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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9133,09131,331    
Total Employment.....980,6682,99930,212    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.0%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
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$16.29$24.09$47.49
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.69$13.68$18.36
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$9.40$13.92$20.29
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$8.47$12.77$18.95
Civil Engineers$23.32$36.52$52.57
Computer Operators$8.44$11.63$18.55
Computer Programmers$24.54$28.79$37.10
Computer Systems Analysts$20.71$40.73$49.23
Customer Service Representatives$8.20$11.62$18.91
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$12.10$16.03$21.99
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.40$13.12$18.79
Data Entry Keyers$7.96$9.48$14.93
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.41$13.88$20.60
Driver/Sales Workers$8.21$12.27$14.57
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$18.82$37.21$44.66
Electrical Engineers$27.47$39.89$53.20
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$12.61$14.11$16.10
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$7.93$9.15$14.09
Industrial Engineers$27.27$36.22$46.57
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.39$22.77$39.06
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$12.38$14.29$24.33
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.87$13.09$17.88
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$15.94$17.97$21.98
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.18$19.42$24.45
Mechanical Engineers$26.05$38.94$58.96
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$19.74$26.39$38.25
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$8.35$10.80$14.42
Office Clerks, General$8.28$11.28$15.39
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.11$10.38$17.11
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.25$10.56$14.19
Registered Nurses$19.42$25.73$33.80
Retail Salespersons$8.09$9.82$17.13
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.90$13.30$18.53
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$8.86$13.09$16.62
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$7.87$9.08$14.83
Tool and Die Makers$16.37$19.68$22.97
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$11.92$15.72$22.65
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.12$11.16$18.33
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$10.82$16.30$22.05
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$15.36$19.62$23.47

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


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....1
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....1
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8045
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S Highway 811

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:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....149N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....96N/A1 Day
Chicago.....613N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....543N/A2-3 days
Denver.....486N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....232N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1497N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....525N/A1-2 days
New York.....1387N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....484N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

US Highway 81 .5 miles East of Hebron is a four-lane highway running North to Interstate 80 and South to Interstate 70. Most of US Highway 81 is 4 lanes from Texas to Canada. Hebron is at the intersection of Hwy 81 and Hwy 136. This location makes it ideal for transporting goods by Motor Carriers.

Distance to nearest public airport.....4 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,466 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,600 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....No
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....90 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 153
Kansas City International 215
Denver International 479

Hebron Airport Authority usually has hangar space available. Av gas is sold at airport on unattended basis. Very comfortable pilot's lounge and meeting room at airport. The Hebron Airport Authority has plans to extend the runway in the next few years. Plans are to start clearing trees next year, the project will be in phases.


Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 6 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....25
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Union Pacific

Agricultural products are shipped via rail in Belvidere, NE (5 miles) or Chester, NE (10 miles). Limited rail service is available in Davenport, Ne (24 miles), Fairbury, NE (25 miles) or Superior, NE (36 miles)

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Hebron
  phone - (402) 768-6322

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: 800-282-6773 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
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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 or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online @ Utility information can be found @

Additional Comments: The Hebron Light and Water Department retails electricity to the city of Hebron. Power is supplied to the community by Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) 115,000/34,500 volt substation located one half mile north of Hebron. Hebron is also the site for NPPD's north Hebron peaking station with a 50 MW output. The city's distribution voltage is 4,160, with a 34.5/4.16 kV substation capacity of 10,000 kVA. An alternate 34,500 volt source is available from Superior and Geneva. The system is tied to the statewide grid system by means of high voltage transmission lines. NPPD’s generation capacity includes the 778 MW Cooper Nuclear Station and the 1,300 MW Gerald Gentleman Station in addition to hydro, coal, and diesel operated plants throughout the state of Nebraska.

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

Natural gas is supplied to the community of Hebron by SourceGas Inc., through a four inch transmission pipeline with an operating pressure of approximately 550 pounds per square inch. SourceGas is also the distributor of natural gas within Hebron, serving approximately 650 residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Natural gas is available for residential and commercial uses. Availability of natural gas for industrial uses is subject to individual situations. As specific requirements of an industrial prospect become available, information on gas service availability and applicable rates can be obtained from SourceGas' service center, (800) 563-0012.

Provider.....City of Hebron
Major Source.....Four Municipal Wells
Temperature Range.....50 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system in Hebron is supplied by four wells, which have an average depth of 137 feet. The system, serving 100 percent of the Hebron population, has a combined pumping capacity of 1,000 gallons per minute and an overhead storage capacity of 500,000 gallons. The average daily demand is 875,000 gallons, and the historic peak daily demand is 1,214,400 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 1,940,000 gallons per day. The static pressure is 70 pounds and the residual pressure is 60 pounds per square inch. Groundwater is available for industrial uses. The quality of water in Hebron does not necessitate a water treatment plant. A 175 foot well should produce approximately 400 gallons of water per minute. The water table has not changed significantly during the last five years. The color of the water is clear and the hardness, in milligrams per liter, is 200. The average tap water temperature remains around 50° year round. No Flouride is added to the water.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Hebron

Hebron has a municipal sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system. The oxidation ditch/secondary activated sludge treatment plant built in 1977 has a daily capacity of 500,000 gallons. The average daily flow is 200,000 gallons, and the historic peak daily discharge is 500,000 gallons.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Windstream
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....2

Wireless Internet Service by Diode Communications, dial-up and DSL provided by Windstream

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Actual Valuation of City: $52,431,836 (year 2011)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2011
Total Real Property.......$1.9701830

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2011
General Obligation.........$0.02

The County Tax Rate includes the County Hospital Bond (0.009038). The City Tax Rate includes the General (0.460524) and Bond (0.029999). The School Tax Rate includes General (0.950038), Sp Bldg (0.039589), and Qual Cap urpose (0.051717). The Other Tax Rate includes Fire General (0.013807), Fire Sinking (0.014453), Airport (0.031431), Ag Society (0.020000), SECC (0.062700), ESU5 General (0.015000), Bond (0.010495), and NRD (0.029652).

Type of Government..... Mayor/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2004 (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..... 99 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 37
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 6
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 77

Fire protection is provided in the community by a 40-member volunteer fire department. The department provides protection for areas outside the city limits by responding to mutual aid calls with the Rural Fire District. Hebron has 89 fire hydrants. The fire insurance classification inside and outside the corporate limits is 7. Average annual expenditures for fire protection during the last three years were $52,500. Seventeen of the 37 Volunteer Fire Department personnel are EMT certified. The Department's rating is the highest a volunteer department can receive.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 12041:15
Middle / Jr. High 11011:10
Senior High 11701:9
Trade & Tech Schools 00
Community College 00
Four-Year College 00
University 00
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 001:0
Middle / Jr. High 001:0
Senior High 001:0
Colleges 00

Thayer Central Community Schools at Hebron prides itself on a very strong curriculum. Our Computer Learning Center is state of the art providing our students the opportunity of the larger schools coupled with the small, personalized learning environment of rural Nebraska.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....3
Public Swimming Pool(s).....2
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....4
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....1 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Hebron has three beautifully maintained parks with new playground equipment and camping hookups at Riverside Park. The Little Blue River runs adjacent to Riverside Park and through the community. Hebron is home to the World's Largest Porch Swing located in Roosevelt Park near the downtown businesses. Hebron also has completed one trail system and working on phase 2 to add more miles to the original trail. Other area lakes include Alexandria State Lakes (20 miles) and Lovewell, KS, Reservoir (40 miles). Within 30 miles there are 5 golf courses, 6 tennis courts, 3 disc golf courses, 6 swimming pools, 5 public campgrounds, and 16 public parks.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 10
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $105
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $425
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $350
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $59,000

Nine lots sold in the last two years at an average price of $12,000. Hebron has four new housing developments with lot prices in the $7,000-$14,000 price range in Northside Estates (includes paving and sewer complete) and in Southern Hills at $25,000 for multiple-acre tracts in a more rural setting. County View lots sell for $14,500, one acre plus tracts and Fairway Acres sell for $15,500, one acre plus tracts.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....19
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....5
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....95
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....2
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....40
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....1

Thayer County Health Services is a comprehensive primary care system providing health and wellness services to the citizens of Thayer County and surrounding communities in Nebraska and Kansas. Thayer County Health Services is comprised of a 19-bed Critical Access Hospital and a clinic in Hebron, and five satellite clinics in Bruning, Chester, Davenport, Deshler, and Milligan. TCHS is a county facility that serves a 50-mile radius from Hebron. Patients come to our facilities from over 288 communities. Besides its patient-centered inpatient facility, the hospital also supports a full spectrum of pre- and post-hospital services, along with programs designed to improve the community health and maintain community wellness.

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

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......3
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......45

Number of Protestant Churches.......7
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......3
Total Number of Rooms Available.......69

Number of Banks in City.......3

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

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....3
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....420


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Reinke Manufacturing
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 354   (Male: 263   Female: 91)
Year Established:1954
Products/Service:Pivot Irrigation Systems, Truck Trailers
#2.Business Name:Metal-Tech Partners
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 40   (Male: 25   Female: 15)
Year Established:1992
Products/Service:Telecommunication Equipment
#3.Business Name:MetalQuest Unlimited
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 26   (Male: 23   Female: 3)
Year Established:2000
Products/Service:Customized Metal Products
#4.Business Name:Thayer County Health Services
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 120   (Male: 7   Female: 113)
Products/Service:Health Services/Hospital/Clinic
#5.Business Name:Blue Valley Lutheran Home Society
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 200   (Male: 20   Female: 180)
Year Established:1958
Products/Service:Nursing & Care Home/Assisted Living
#6.Business Name:Thayer Central Public Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 89   (Male: 20   Female: 69)
Year Established:2001
Products/Service:Public Education K-12
#7.Business Name:Thayer County
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 88   (Male: 55   Female: 35)
Products/Service:Sheriffs Dept/County Services
#8.Business Name:Norris Public
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 9   (Male: 8   Female: 1)
Products/Service:Electric services to Thayer Co. and surrounding areas.
#9.Business Name:City of Hebron
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 10   (Male: 7   Female: 3)
Products/Service:Provide City services to residents

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Our Community: Hebron provides a quality living environment for our residents along with a strong work ethic and solid values. Hebron has an excellent selection of health care, retail, service and manufacturing businesses as well as numerous churches. The Little Blue River provides Hebron with fishing, birding, wild life, and other activities right in town. The residents of Hebron want you to enjoy the good life that we have to offer. Thank you for viewing our profile and feel free to contact us for more information or questions.

Suggested Sites:
City of Hebron Information @
School News & Information @
Community News, Events, Contacts and Notices @
History of Hebron & Thayer County @
Hebron Airport Information @
Larry Fangmeier
City of Hebron
P.O. Box 29
Hebron, NE 68370-0029
 Carla Seaman
City of Hebron
P.O. Box 29
Hebron, NE 68370-0029
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
 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

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