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Plattsmouth, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/18/2014

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Plattsmouth, Nebraska

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  Plattsmouth, one of the earliest incorporated towns in Nebraska, is the county seat of Cass County. Located on the Missouri River at the mouth of the Platte River, Plattsmouth is served by U.S. Highways 34 and 75 and State Highway 66. Plattsmouth, only 3 miles west of Interstate 29, is located 18 miles south of Interstate 80. Plattsmouth is conveniently located just a few miles south of Omaha and 50 miles northeast of the State Capitol in Lincoln. Cass County is included in the metropolitan Omaha area along with Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Cass County .......25,24125,133-0.4%
Labor Market Population1.......528,508542,9472.7%

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......... 3,534 621 2,905 3,819 1,755 140 12,634 50.3 %
Female...... 3,222 520 2,880 3,827 2,050 391 12,499 49.7 %

Total: 6,756 1,141 5,785 7,646 3,805 531

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 41.5 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.....1,020,91313,516295,554    
Total Employment.....980,66812,889284,206    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%4.6%3.8%    

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$19.69$29.78$50.30
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$8.83$12.85$21.56
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$10.64$18.14$35.97
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$10.48$16.45$23.09
Civil Engineers$24.48$38.81$53.72
Computer Operators$9.53$14.08$23.32
Computer Programmers$15.35$36.06$56.33
Computer Systems Analysts$23.01$35.96$48.86
Customer Service Representatives$10.32$14.28$23.77
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$9.92$12.38$18.37
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.94$14.83$19.10
Data Entry Keyers$10.24$13.25$16.89
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.41$13.88$20.60
Driver/Sales Workers$8.06$10.03$20.63
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$18.27$27.30$33.35
Electrical Engineers$27.80$40.57$53.76
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.10$12.29$16.60
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$7.89$9.11$11.50
Industrial Engineers$24.09$38.35$63.71
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.98$20.71$29.56
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$11.34$14.34$22.29
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.48$12.12$18.18
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.48$14.28$25.12
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$14.64$20.62$26.52
Mechanical Engineers$25.99$37.33$56.53
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$19.43$26.14$34.47
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$11.32$16.37$18.89
Nursing Assistants$10.07$12.03$15.39
Office Clerks, General$8.50$12.47$18.85
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.00$9.37$14.42
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.59$12.51$17.32
Registered Nurses$20.64$28.56$38.22
Retail Salespersons$8.11$9.98$22.55
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.62$15.29$21.61
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$9.86$14.43$20.75
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.11$10.22$16.12
Tool and Die Makers$16.46$21.73$27.59
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$12.75$18.47$28.27
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.69$13.66$29.37
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$12.13$16.73$22.06
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$13.14$18.56$25.27

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

See for detailed 2009 labor study


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....1
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....22
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 293
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Hwy 756

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.....181-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....561-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....4811-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6463-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....5471-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....1671-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....15584-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....3931-3 days1-2 days
New York.....12554-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....4181-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Numerous truck lines serve Omaha, 18 miles north of Plattsmouth, and would be available to serve firms in the Plattsmouth area.

Distance to nearest public airport.....2 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,204 feet
Length of longest runway.....5,500 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....30 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 23
Kansas City International 150
Denver International 540

The Plattsmouth Municipal Airport is located two miles south of the city. Other facilities include beacon tower, paved ramp and taxiway, repair shop staffed full time, shop hangar and fuel. Omaha's Eppley Airfield, 23 miles north of Plattsmouth, provides passenger, air express, and air freight services. Eppley Airfield is served by 13 major and three commuter airlines with 200 flights daily. Public ground transportation is available.

City Adjoins Navigable River.....Yes
Length of Season.....8 months
River, Lake or Ocean.....Missouri River
Channel Depth.....9 feet
Channel Width.....300 feet
Barging Facilities.....Yes
Name of PortCityMiles to Port
Nearest Port: Rock BluffPlattsmouth5

Barge service is available at 10 barge terminal facilities on the Missouri River in Nebraska. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9 foot deep, 300 foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 18 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....47
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....18 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Union Pacific Railroad

Main lines of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, with 45 freight trains daily, and the Union Pacific Railroad, with two freight trains daily, serve Plattsmouth.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: 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 @

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
Additional Comments: Plattsmouth is provided retail electric service by Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). The Plattsmouth area is tied into NPPD's statewide grid system. These high voltage transmission lines connect with NPPD's 800,000 kw Cooper Nuclear Station located on the Missouri River nearby Brownville and other generating facilities throughout the state of Nebraska.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy is the retail supplier of natural gas in Plattsmouth. The community is served by a two-inch line at 10 pounds of pressure. In addition to traditional services, Black Hills Energy assists large volume users with customized services tailored to their specific needs.

Major Source.....well
If Wells, Average Depth.....75 feet
Rated Capacity.....3.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....1.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....2.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....2,100,000 gallons
Hardness.....190 ppm
Temperature Range.....57-59 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system in Plattsmouth is supplied by six wells which have an average depth of 75 feet. The system has a maximum capacity of 5 million gallons per day. In addition, ground water is available for industrial uses. The water table has not changed appreciably during the last ten years.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of
Type of Service.....Trickle Filters
Rated Capacity.....1.500 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.850 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....3.000 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Plattsmouth has a municipal sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Windstream
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....5

Telephone service is provided in Plattsmouth by Windstream Communications with a digital central Office. Plattsmouth is served with most of the state of the art communication technology.

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Actual Valuation of City: $266,377,725 (year 2010)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2010
Total Real Property.......$2.3425090

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2010
General Obligation.........$10,885,000.00

Type of Government..... Mayor/City Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2004 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... No
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... No
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 90 %
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 50
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 16
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 69

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 14761:20
Middle / Jr. High 14881:10
Senior High 15871:10
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 21361:8
Middle / Jr. High 2561:8
Senior High 1121:5

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....2
Public Tennis Court(s).....2
Public Swimming Pool(s).....2
Public Park(s).....11
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....1 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

The Plattsmouth area offers an abundance of recreational opportunities. With nearly 100 acres or dedicated park space, easy access to the Missouri and Platte rivers, an Aquatic Center and minutes away from State and Private recreation areas, Plattsmouth is a recreational enthusiast's dream.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 20
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $70
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $725
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $425
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $107,500

Number of Outpatient Clinics.....5
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....10
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....4
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....9
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....1

Twenty miles to Midlands Community Hospital (Alegent) in Papillion. New hospital under construction at U.S. Highway 75 and Nebraska Hwy 370, 10 miles north of Plattsmouth in Bellevue.

Machine Shops in City.......3
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......1

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

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......7
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes

Number of Protestant Churches.......14
Number of Catholic Churches.......1

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

Number of Banks in City.......4Assets: $2,212,000,000

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

There are no hotels or motels in Plattsmouth. Two bed and breakfasts with six rooms are available. Closest hotels or motels are seven miles north on U.S. Highway 75.

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......2
Spec Buildings Available.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Buildings Available on LOIS for Plattsmouth

Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Sites Available on LOIS for Plattsmouth

Our Community: Over 7,000 people call Plattsmouth home. The citizens of Plattsmouth enjoy an eviable quality of life due to its unique balance of urban amenities and Main Street America feel. Plattsmouth is a hub of east-west and north-south transportation facilities with major highways, two main line railroads, barge transportation on the Missouri River, and a municipal airport large enough to accomadate corporate jets aircraft. With a great work ethic, great schools, outstanding recreational opportunities and a safe, secure and very affordable environment all together make Plattsmouth a home many people dream about.

Suggested Sites:
Plattsmouth Community Web Site @
Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce @
certified community

Erv Portis
City of Plattsmouth
136 N. 5th Street
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Phone:(402) 296-2522
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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