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Lexington, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/24/2014


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Lexington, Nebraska

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  Lexington is located just north of Interstate 80 and directly on U. S. Highway 30 in south central Nebraska. It has good access to rail and truck transportation. Lexington is located in and is the county seat of Dawson County, one of the fastest growing counties in Nebraska.

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General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2012
    Change
Lexington.......10,23010,213-0.2%
Dawson County .......24,32624,220-0.4%
Labor Market Population1.......131,643132,5070.7%

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......... 3,822 756 3,072 3,102 1,573 228 12,325 50.9 %
Female...... 3,633 674 2,763 2,882 1,943 362 11,895 49.1 %

Total: 7,455 1,430 5,835 5,984 3,516 590

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 36.1 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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Nebraska
State
(2011)
Dawson
County
(2012)
Area
Labor Force
(2012)1
Labor Force.....1,020,91312,71378,023    
Total Employment.....980,66812,14375,426    
Unemployment.....40,2485702,597    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%4.5%3.3%    

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
Percentile
Median 90th
Percentile
Accountants and Auditors$19.64$28.28$43.93
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.69$13.68$18.36
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$10.37$14.39$23.42
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$8.67$13.60$20.50
Civil Engineers$23.56$32.12$46.23
Computer Operators$11.60$15.19$24.23
Computer Programmers$16.59$34.42$55.09
Computer Systems Analysts$21.99$34.96$48.35
Customer Service Representatives$8.78$13.04$17.42
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$12.11$14.01$18.00
Data Entry Keyers$8.29$11.78$15.13
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.41$13.88$20.60
Driver/Sales Workers$8.02$9.35$14.38
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$15.90$30.73$35.93
Electrical Engineers$22.56$40.40$46.83
Electricians$11.28$16.84$24.51
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$7.88$8.89$11.08
Industrial Engineers$22.00$29.48$45.71
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.66$24.69$36.21
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$10.15$14.21$27.32
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.51$12.75$17.74
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.43$16.41$21.55
Machinists$8.67$14.99$18.84
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.18$19.42$24.45
Mechanical Engineers$18.50$31.26$46.14
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$19.97$24.43$33.01
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$9.50$10.91$14.21
Office Clerks, General$8.08$10.03$16.09
Orderlies$8.83$10.92$14.11
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.11$10.38$17.11
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.54$11.10$14.38
Registered Nurses$20.04$26.02$35.04
Retail Salespersons$8.15$10.54$19.05
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.22$11.93$16.99
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$8.98$11.40$15.00
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.03$9.64$16.62
Telemarketers$7.93$8.91$12.81
Tool and Die Makers$15.78$21.89$28.16
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$10.83$14.41$20.52
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.46$12.21$23.05
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$10.94$15.79$19.18
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

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Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
FederalStateCounty
INTERSTATE Hwys.....1
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....311
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 800
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....

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:
Destination
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Railroad
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....2211-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1681-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....6951-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6923-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....3261-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3601-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....13374-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....5971-3 days1-2 days
New York.....14594-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....6111-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....1 minute(s)
Elevation.....2,408 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.....38 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 225
Kansas City International 343
Denver International 319

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 1 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....145
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....60 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Union Pacific


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Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Lexington
  phone - (308) 324-2341
  website - www.cityoflex.com
  email - jpepp@cityoflex.com

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

Additional Comments: The power is purchased by Lexington Utilities System from Nebraska Public Power.

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

Water:
Provider.....City of Lexington
Major Source.....Wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....300 feet
Rated Capacity.....13,000.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....13,000.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....8.660 mgd
Storage Capacity.....1,400,000 gallons
Hardness.....184 ppm
Treated.....No
Temperature Range.....45-55 degrees (degrees Fahrenheit)

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Lexington
Type of Service.....Mechanical/secondary
Rated Capacity.....3.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....3.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....1.400 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Telecommunications:
Name of Local Service Provider.....Qwest
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....4

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Actual Valuation of City: $266,996,614 (year 2009)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2009
City.......$0.3645500
County.......$0.3982500
School.......$1.2559430
Other.......$0.1692240
Total Real Property.......$2.1879670

top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... City Manager/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2005 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... Yes
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..... 98 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 40
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 14
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 59-10

top of page EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 41,2221:15
Middle / Jr. High 16471:13
Senior High 17431:15
Trade & Tech Schools 0
Community College 1
Four-Year College 0
University 0
 
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 0
Middle / Jr. High 0
Senior High 0
Colleges 0

top of page RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....2
Public Tennis Court(s).....12
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....7
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....9 mile(s)
Camping.....Yes
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Lexington has numerous recreational opportunities that continue to be expanded. Not only is Johnson Lake Recreational Area less than 10 minutes away, facilities within Lexington are constantly upgraded. Within the last 10 years a new aquatic center has been built and expanded, a 35-acre complex for soccer, baseball, and softball was built, six new tennis courts were built, and existing parks continue to be renovated and made larger. In 2006, a multi-purpose indoor practice facility was built at the 35-acre recreational complex.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 22
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $75
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $550
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $400
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $80,000

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Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....40
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....2
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....8
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....6
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....47
Veterinarian(s).....5

One medical clinic also has a nurse practitioner and a physican's assistant on staff. The hospital maintains a greatly used Health and Fitness Center for public use.

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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).......2

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......5
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......161

Number of Protestant Churches.......20
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......9
Total Number of Rooms Available.......314

Number of Banks in City.......3Assets: $160,288,000
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......1Assets: $68,062,000

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

top of page LOCAL MANUFACTURING CHARACTERISTICS
Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....11
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....2,759

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Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Tyson Fresh Foods
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 2,450    
Year Established:1990
Unions:No
Products/Service:Boxed beef, other beef
 
#2.Business Name:Orthman Manufacturing Co.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 115    
Year Established:1960
Unions:No
Products/Service:Farm Implements, Grain Wagons, Earth Moving Equipment
 
#3.Business Name:Nebraska By-Products
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 142    
Year Established:1979
Unions:No
Products/Service:Meat scraps, tallow, hides
 
#4.Business Name:Veetronix
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 25    
Year Established:1962
Unions:No
Products/Service:Electronic equipment
 
#5.Business Name:Eilers Machine and Welding
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 65    
Year Established:1983
Unions:No
Products/Service:Precision Metal work & Fabricated Metal Products
 

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Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available buildings:
http://gisw.sites.nppd.com/NED/map.jsp?Cmd=report&mid=b294&city=Lexington
Buildings Available on LOIS for Lexington

20,000 square foot spec building ready to be sold or leased is available in an established industrial park.

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Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......11
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available sites:
http://www.neded.org
http://gisw.sites.nppd.com/NED/map.jsp?Cmd=report&mid=s123&city=Lexington
http://gisw.sites.nppd.com/NED/map.jsp?Cmd=report&mid=s43&city=Lexington
Sites Available on LOIS for Lexington

top of page COMMUNITY NOTES
Our Community: Lexington is home to a diverse population which provides many advantages to the residents and visitors. Thank you for visiting our profile, we and invite you to contact us with any questions you may have.

Suggested Sites:
City of Lexington @ www.cityoflex.com
Lexington Public School @ www.lex.esu10.org
Dawson Area Development @ www.dawsonareadevelopment.com
Looking to Relocate? @ www.dawsoncountycareers.com
 
certified community

Local
Development
Contact:
Joe Pepplitsch
City Mangager
City of Lexington
P.O. Box 70
Lexington, NE 68850
Phone:(308) 217-0008
Fax:(308) 324-5505
Email: jpepp@cityoflex.com
Website: www.cityoflex.com
 Jennifer Wolf
Executive Director
Dawson Area Development
1501 Plum Creek Parkway, Ste 2B
Lexington, NE 68850
Phone:(308) 217-0008
Email: jen@dawsonareadevelopment.com
 
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
Email: catherine.lang@nebraska.gov
Website: www.NebraskaAdvantage.org
 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
Email: econdev@nppd.com
Website: sites.nppd.com

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