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Spalding, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/20/2014

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Spalding, Nebraska

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  Spalding, Nebraska is a thriving business and recreational community located on Nebraska Hwy 91 in northeast Greeley county in central Nebraska. Spalding is located 65 miles northeast of Grand Island, Neb., 64 miles southeast of O’neill, 76 miles southwest of Norfolk and 66 miles northwest of Columbus.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Greeley County .......2,5382,458-3.2%
Labor Market Population1.......36,17635,855-0.9%

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......... 318 54 239 372 267 27 1,250 50.9 %
Female...... 292 48 222 343 303 61 1,208 49.1 %

Total: 610 102 461 715 570 88

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 46.8 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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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9131,34421,368    
Total Employment.....980,6681,29620,699    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.6%3.1%    

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$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
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
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
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
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.

Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

Spalding deserves the pride they feel about their community. They are a self sufficient community that is outgoing and willing to work together to make their community successful. Like most small town communities in Nebraska, Spalding is centered around agriculture, however they are not solely reliant on agriculture making them a strong economic community.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....1
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I8070
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....US Hwy 8146

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:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....1581-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1411-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....6201-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6803-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4721-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3331-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....14844-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....4281-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13844-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....6081-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Locally, Hindreckson's, L & J Trucking, McKay Trucking, and Critter Bernt's Trucking will be happy to provide trucking service for you. Give them a call and they will haul. Just a few miles away, Lyon Transfer of Columbus and K Trucking of Ord serve the area with interstate and intrastate services.

Distance to nearest public airport.....18 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,802 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.....65 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 162
Kansas City International 316
Denver International 465

The Albion Municipal Airport, 18 miles east of Spalding, has a 3,100-foot paved and lighted runway, pilot's lounge, rest rooms, 14 hangars, aviation fuel, and NDB radio station. The nearest point of scheduled air service is at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport near Grand Island, 65 miles south of Spalding. Passenger, air freight and air express services are available.

Community Served by Railroad.....No

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Village of Spalding
  phone - (308) 497-2416
  website -

Wholesale Supplier: Cornhusker Public Power District
  phone - (402) 564-2821 or (800) 955-2773
  website -
  comments -
Cornhusker PPD has a 2,250 square-mile service area centered in east central Nebraska's rich farming country. Cornhusker Power is a non-profit electric distribution system which provides low-cost electricity to rural portions of Platte, Colfax, Boone, Nance, Greeley and Wheeler counties. Headquarters are located in Columbus, Neb. Nearly 9,000 customers are supplied with electricity for their residence, industry or agricultural commercial purpose. Cornhusker's large industrial customers receive outstanding service and low-cost power rates that are among the lowest in the nation. Fortune 500 companies have recently located in Cornhusker's area, in part because of our outstanding service.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....PACE or KinderMorgan, Inc.

Provider.....Village of Spalding
Major Source.....2 wells

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Spalding
Type of Service.....3 lagoons

Name of Local Service Provider.....Great Plains
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....1

Type of Government..... Village Board of Trustees
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2000 (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
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 1

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 1
Middle / Jr. High 1
Senior High 1
Community College 1
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 1
Middle / Jr. High 1
Senior High 1

Spalding Public School as well Spalding Academy, a Catholic School, offer quality education to the youth of the community. Both schools offer K-12 programs. The sports programs as well as other extra-curricular activities such as speech, drama, band and music of the two schools are combined forming the Spalding/Spalding Academy Knights Co-op. Spalding is part of the Central Community College which encompasses 25 counties. Central Community College-Platte Campus (Columbus, NE) offers classes at a learning center in Spalding.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....0.25 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

Visitors to the Spalding area enjoy canoing the Cedar River. Several canoe access points allow recreationers to choose time appropriate outings. The fishing is excellent at the Spalding Dam as well as the Mill Race to the East of the dam. Both are located on the south edge of Spalding. The Spalding city pool has recently been renovated and is set in one of several beautiful parks. The public golf course is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. League play begins at 4 p.m. during the week. Spalding has one indoor theatre seating 100. We also have a 4-lane bowling alley that offers league and non-league play. This area has excellent hunting for pheasant, deer, quail, prairie chicken, grouse and turkey.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $450
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $350
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $20,000

For a smaller Nebraska town, Spalding has kept thier housing strong and viable. The houses do not set empty long before being filled by another working family or individual. They keep the residents in town after retirement with thier assisted living and low income housing. They do not loose residents because of the cost of living as it is reasonable, yet strong.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....2
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....0
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....5

Spalding is able to have two choices in health care within a few miles of their town. They can either go to Albion just 30 minutes down the road or Valley County Hospital in Ord is just 45 minutes away. Both facilities provide quality healthcare with a caring touch.

Machine Shops in City.......2
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
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.......3
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......238

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

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......5
Total Number of Rooms Available.......13

Number of Banks in City.......1
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......0Assets: $0

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

Number of Manufacturing Employees.....9


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Country Partners Coop
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 95    
Year Established:1970
Products/Service:Farm Products and Services
#2.Business Name:Central Nebraska Implement
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 10   (Male: 8   Female: 2)
Year Established:1996
Products/Service:Retail farm and ranch store
#3.Business Name:Hills Bill Diesel
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 15   (Male: 13   Female: 2)
Year Established:1975
Products/Service:Retail/Service for many franchises

Our Community: Spalding continues to hold its own in the business world. Merchants are aggressive and able to supply most of the needs of the community. A swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and playground equipment are located near the city park. A public library with free internet access, movie theater, golf course, bowling alley and canoeing access make Spalding an attractive environment for families living here and those visiting in the area.

Suggested Sites:
Spalding Area Chamber of Commerce @
Spalding Public School @
Spalding History @
Spalding Facts @
Spalding Academy @$20
Nancy Glesinger
City Clerk
PO Box 268
211East St. Joseph Street
Spalding, NE 68665-0268
 Paul Slevin
Spalding Area Chamber of Commerce
420 East St. Joseph Street
Spalding, NE 68665
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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