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David City, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/19/2014

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David City, Nebraska

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  David City, the county seat of Butler County, is located in east-central Nebraska. The city is served by Nebraska highway 15, and Nebraska Highway 92 is three miles south. David City is located 50 miles northwest of Lincoln and is the midpoint between Omaha and Grand Island, 75 miles.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
David City.......2,9062,877-1.0%
Butler County .......8,3958,295-1.2%
Labor Market Population1.......429,577438,2872.0%

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......... 114 166 883 1,279 732 108 4,207 50.7 %
Female...... 1,042 163 767 1,202 914 195 4,088 49.3 %

Total: 2,189 329 1,650 2,481 1,646 303

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 44.7 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.....1,020,9135,013247,209    
Total Employment.....980,6684,858238,309    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.1%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.....010
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....050
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8031
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....Highway 8118

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.....711-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....561-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5411-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6473-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4951-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....2471-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....15094-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....3961-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13154-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....4981-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

David City is the location of a trucking firm which runs eight trucks daily to Omaha and Lincoln and other locations statewide. Grain hauling and flat bed trucking is also available. Two new bridges, asphalt resurfacing, and hard surfaced shoulders were completed in the past two years.

Distance to nearest public airport.....1 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,614 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,100 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....50 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 73
Kansas City International 230
Denver International 485

The David City Municipal Airport has two runways. The lighted runway is 3,100 feet long with an asphalt surface and the turf runway is 2,100 feet long. Other facilities include four tee hangars, one shop hangar, and an administration building. Five private planes are hangared there; none are available for charter. The elevation at the airport is 1,614 feet. For additional information call 402-367-9925


Barge service is available at 19 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..... 1 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....1
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....75 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Nebraska Central Railroad

Amtrak provides Lincoln, 50 miles southeast of David City, with rail passenger service east to Chicago and west to Denver and San Francisco/Oakland. The Superliner features coach and first-class accomodations, dining car service, and checked baggage service from most cities. Travel time is 10 1/2 hours to Chicago and 39 hours to the West Coast. Amtrak has one train each way daily.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of David City
  phone - (402) 367-3135
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The city of David City owns and operates its distribution system and generating equipment consisting of seven dual fuel powered generators.The electric load, including the industrial site, is supplied at 13.8 kV. A total substation capacity of 10/12.15 MVA presently serves the 13.8 kV ring bus, which has ample capacity for future expansion. The system is tied into the statewide grid system by means of high voltage transmission lines.

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 @

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

The community is served by a four-inch line at 55 pounds of pressure. Northern Natural Gas is the pipeline company. Natural gas with an average value of 1,000 BTU per cubic foot is available for residential, commercial, and industrial customers for base and peak use on a firm basis. For more information contact Mary Simmons at Black Hills Energy at 1-800-232-1850.

Major Source.....wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....400 feet
Rated Capacity.....450,000.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....3,716,000.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....1,500,000.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....620,000 gallons
Hardness.....120 ppm
Temperature Range.....52-54 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The water treatment plant in David City, with a daily capacity of 2,500,000 gallons, removes iron, manganese, and calcium carbonate and softens the water. The water table, with seasonal fluctuation, has not changed appreciably in the past five years. The treated water is clear and has a turbidity of less than 1 N.T.U. The hardness, in parts per million, is 120. The average tap water temp. varies from 52 degrees in winter to 54 degrees in summer. Water mains were extended in 1999 to a new housing development. The project was funded by revenues.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City
Type of Service.....Aqua SBR
Rated Capacity.....2.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....2,000,000.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.941 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

David City has a municipal sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system. Average daily flow is 940,000 gallons. The Aqua SBR and a new $2.5 m waste water plant were built in 1998. Sewer extensions were completed in 2000.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Alltel
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....3

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Actual Valuation of City: $83,562,314 (year 2000)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2000
Total Real Property.......$1.9147900

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2000

Tax rate (dollars and cents per $100 of actual value. The figure under Special District includes Community College, Educational Service Unit, Natural Resource District and Agricultural Society.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 12661:15
Senior High 13201:12
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11961:14
Senior High 13161:14

David City offers two excellent schools in the David City Public School System (402-367-3187) and Aquinas and St. Mary's Catholic Schools (402-367-3175). In addition, Region V Industries offers a sheltered workshop and lifestyle training center. Educational Service Unit No. 7 is also availabe. David City is 30 miles from Central Community College, Columbus Campus. Many David City graduates also attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and Concordia University in Seward 25 miles away.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....0
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....2
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....35 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

David City also has five playgrounds, enclosed serving area in park, two shelters and playground equipment. David City recently completed construction on a new $2.4 million Family Aquatic Center in David City's historic park. The facility offers all day swimming and private swimming lessons in the morning. The pool vessel and the shower facility can accomodate up to a total of 500 people at any one time and the facility itself had over 5000 visitors during the summer of 2003. The facility offers a theme park style 50 foot slide, along with an olympic size pool. The David City Family Aquatic Center is one of the premier swimming facilities in eastern Nebraska. Other events are Ultra Light Fly-In, Butler County Fair, River City Trail Days. Summer recreation programs for youth include AYSO soccer, Pony League, Little League, American Legion Midget and Junior baseball. Little League sofball, girls' softgall, tetherball, T-ball. There is a new four-field ball complex with an average of 300 games held in the summer and an average attendance of 60 per game. Senior Center offers recreation programs, quilting and crafts, shopping assistance. Attractions include Butler County Historical Society/Museum, Nichol's Round Barn, Thorpe Opera House. Butler County Arts Council, Inc., promotes the arts through outstanding programs and workshops for youth. The Ruth Nichols Art Studio conducts class for adults and children.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 12
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 6
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $500
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $400
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $95,000

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....5
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....3
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....48

The hospital is also home to a 5,100 square foot Community Wellness Center. The center features weight machines, stationary bicycles, treadmills, stairclimbers, recumbent bikes, whirlpool, aerobics classes, learning center, locker facilities and fitness evaluations. Membership packages are available to anyone over age 14.

Machine Shops in City.......7
Tool & Die Services in City.......2
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......3

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.......73

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......1
Total Number of Rooms Available.......25

Number of Banks in City.......4
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......4

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

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....11
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:David City Manufacturing Company
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 186   (Male: 45   Female: 130)
Year Established:1982
Products/Service:Electrical Harnesses
#2.Business Name:Henningsen Foods, Inc.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 130   (Male: 79   Female: 51)
Year Established:1941
Products/Service:Frozen, liquid & dehydrated egg products
#3.Business Name:Tiimpte, Inc.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 130   (Male: 110   Female: 20)
Year Established:1980
Products/Service:Truck trailers
#4.Business Name:Region V Industries
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 80   (Male: 32   Female: 48)
Year Established:1977
Products/Service:Waterbed cap rails, lathes, stakes, snowfence
#5.Business Name:Five Star Feeds, Inc.
Service Sector: Trade
Employment Number: Total: 10   (Male: 9   Female: 1)
Year Established:1948
Products/Service:Animal & poultry feeds
#6.Business Name:Kennel Vaccine Vet Supply
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 65   (Male: 6   Female: 59)
Year Established:1980
Products/Service:Veterinarian animal supplies, tack, and other animal supplies

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Our Community: The ethnic groups that pioneered here left a heritage of self-reliance, loyalty and respect for personal freedom. Friendship and enthusiasm make David City a special place in which to live. After a March 1873 county election which selected this location as the county seat, the townsite was surveyed in May 1873. The courthouse site was owned by Mrs. Phoebe Davids Miles, who donated the land for the structure. The town was named in honor of her father, William Davids of Marion Ohio. The "s" in the name was dropped and the town became David City, the only town in the world with this name. Today the town has over 2,500 residents, maintains public and private school systems, numerous businesses and industries, a weekly newspaper, and a variety of social service programs and community organizations.

Facts Book:
David City Facts Book (PDF)
Suggested Sites:
City of David City @
Butler Public Power District @
Butler County Development Alliance @
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District @

City Administrator
PO Box 191
David City, Nebraska 68632
 Dee Pohl
Butler County Chamber of Commerce
457 D Street
David City, NE 68632
Phone:(402) 367-4238
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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