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Bloomfield, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/25/2014

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Bloomfield, Nebraska

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  Bloomfield is located in the east-central part of Knox County in northeast Nebraska. East-west State Highway 84 passes through the community and connects with north-south U.S. Highway 81, 12 miles east. Bloomfield is 42 miles northwest of Norfolk; 75 miles west of Sioux City, Iowa; and 160 miles northwest of Omaha.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
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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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9135,01544,725    
Total Employment.....980,6684,85743,210    
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
Median 90th
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
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
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
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
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............1%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

Less than one percent of the total nonagricultural labor force in Bloomfield is unionized.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....010
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 29; Interstate 9075
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 8150

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.....179N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....183N/A1 Day
Chicago.....615N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....740N/A2-3 days
Denver.....568N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....361N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1579N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....355N/A1-2 days
New York.....1388N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....613N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Bloomfield is served by east-west Nebraska Highway 84. There are no local load restrictions. U.S. Highway 81 is 12 miles east of Bloomfield. Both Interstate 29 and 90 are approximately 75 miles from Bloomfield.

Distance to nearest public airport.....1 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,673 feet
Length of longest runway.....2,700 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....No
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....75 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 183
Kansas City International 344
Denver International 561

The Bloomfield Municipal Airport, 1.5 miles southwest of the community, has a 2,700-foot paved and lighted runway, tie downs, hangars, telephone, and fuel. A new administration building and new taxi ways were added in 1999. Four private planes are hangared there.


The Sioux City river port is 75 miles east of Bloomfield. 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.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 18 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....0
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....0 mile(s)

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

The Nebraska Northeastern Railway provides the nearest rail service at Osmond, 18 miles south of Bloomfield.

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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: Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) retails electricity to the City of Bloomfield. A local substation is supplied with a 69,000 volt sub transmission line. The distribution voltage is 2400/4160 with a 3750 kVA capacity. The 69,000 volt feed to the city comes from a 115,000 volt substation four miles north of Bloomfield, with an alternate source from Belden.

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

Natural gas is supplied to the community of Bloomfield by SourceGas through a three-inch transmission pipeline with an operating pressure of approximately 800-900 pounds per square inch.

Provider.....City of Bloomfield
Major Source.....wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....300 feet
Rated Capacity.....1,690,000.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....180,000.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....857,000.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....250,000 gallons
Temperature Range.....42-54 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system in Bloomfield is supplied by three wells, which have an average depth of 300 feet. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 1,000 gallons per minute and an overhead storage capacity of 250,000 gallons.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Bloomfield
Type of Service.....Lagoon
Rated Capacity.....401,040.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....100,260.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....200,520.000 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

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

Name of Local Service Provider.....Great Plains Communications

Internet access is available through Great Plains Communications.

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Actual Valuation of City: $24,417,895 (year 2009)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2009

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2009
General Obligation.........$549,327.86

Bloomfield has a one percent city sales tax.

Type of Government..... Mayor/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1997 (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..... 80.3 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 32
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 2
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 79

Bloomfield, a second-class city, has a mayor-council form of government with a city administrator. In 1997, the City of Bloomfield adopted a comprehensive plan prepared by J.E.O. of Wahoo, Nebraska. City contracts with consulting engineers for services. Bloomfield has 21.35 miles of streets, 17.15 miles of which are hard-surfaced with asphalt, bituminus, or concrete. Eighty percent of the streets have curbs and sixty-three percent have sidewalks.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11131:12
Middle / Jr. High 1
Senior High 11261:10

Bloomfield Community Schools Mission Statement: Bloomfield Community Schools will provide educational opportunities in academics and life skills to enable students to develop into responsible citizens. For more information, please visit the school website at

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).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....20 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Three parks in Bloomfield cover 15 acres. Facilities include softball complex, baseball field, and playground equipment. Parks have sand volleyball court, basketball court, restrooms, and camping. Each June, the Bloomfield Community Club hosts Bloomfield Appreciation Dayz in conjunction with the Bloomfield High School alumni weekend. Recreation programs include baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer. The Bloomfield Community Center is a venue for events. Lewis & Clark Lake is a short drive.

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Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $105
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $325
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $275
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $40,000

Sunset View Assisted Living, built in 2000, has 14 units. Other housing options include Washington Apartments and Mainview Apartments.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....1
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....1
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....50

The Bloomfield Medical Clinic is staffed daily by a physician assistant and part time by a nurse practitioner and general practioner. A new clinic building is currently being constructed by the community with an expected completion of January 2010. Bloomfield has three paramedics and approximately 30 certified emergency medical technicians. The Bloomfield Good Samaritan Center is certified for Medicare and Medicaid. The facility has a capacity for 58 beds.

Machine Shops in City.......2
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......4

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.......166

Number of Protestant Churches.......3
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......1
Total Number of Rooms Available.......21

Number of Banks in City.......2

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

Cable television services are provided by Great Plains Communications. The Bloomfield Monitor, published weekly, reports on local news.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....3
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....123


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Michael Foods, Inc.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 181   (Male: 117   Female: 64)
Year Established:1992
Products/Service:Egg Products
#2.Business Name:Good Samaritan
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 90   (Male: 3   Female: 87)
Year Established:1963
Products/Service:Nursing Home
#3.Business Name:NorthStar Services
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 70   (Male: 10   Female: 60)
Year Established:1974
Products/Service:Services for individuals with developmental disabilities
#4.Business Name:Bloomfield Community Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 62   (Male: 18   Female: 44)
Year Established:1903
#5.Business Name:First National Bank Service Center
Service Sector: Financial Activities
Employment Number: Total: 48   (Male: 7   Female: 41)
Year Established:2002
Products/Service:Credit Card
#6.Business Name:USDA Service Center
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 15   (Male: 6   Female: 9)
Year Established:1996
Products/Service:John Deere Dealer
#7.Business Name:Northeast Equipment
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 14   (Male: 12   Female: 2)
Year Established:1993
Products/Service:John Deer Dealer
#8.Business Name:Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Service Sector: Financial Activities
Employment Number: Total: 11   (Male: 3   Female: 8)
Year Established:1895
Products/Service:Banking Services
#9.Business Name:Speedway Truck & Auto
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 11   (Male: 8   Female: 3)
Year Established:1982
Products/Service:Auto Sales/Services
#10.Business Name:City of Bloomfield
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 7   (Male: 5   Female: 2)
Year Established:1890

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No

Our Community: Bloomfield is a small community in Knox County that offers impressive recreational, educational, social, and business opportunities. Residents of Bloomfield believe this is a great place to live, work, and do business. Thank you for viewing our profile. For more information, please contact one of the local development contacts listed below. We're ready to help you explore opportunities in Northeast Nebraska's busiest community.

Suggested Sites:
City of Bloomfield @
Gill Realty and Auction LLC @
Nebraska Public Power @
Great Plains Communication @
Lyndsy Jenness
City of Bloomfield
P.O. Box 157
Bloomfield, Nebraska 68718-0157
Fax:(402) 373-2820
 Thomas L. Higginbotham Jr.
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District
111 South 1st Street
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Phone:(402) 379-1150
Fax:(402) 379-9207
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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