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ONeill, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/18/2014

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ONeill, Nebraska

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  O'Neill, Nebraska, the county seat of Holt County, is located in northern Nebraska. Highways providing service to O'Neill include Highway 20 that runs east and west through town and Highway 281 that runs north and south out of town. Highway 281 also overlaps part of Highway 20 as it travels east and west through town.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Holt County .......10,43510,396-0.4%
Labor Market Population1.......33,76933,149-1.8%

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......... 1,354 223 1,009 1,633 935 132 5,154 49.6 %
Female...... 1,307 177 976 1,560 1,222 248 5,242 50.4 %

Total: 2,661 400 1,985 3,193 2,157 380

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 46.5 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.....1,020,9136,56020,155    
Total Employment.....980,6686,37219,628    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.9%3.0%    

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


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....201
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 80 (I-80)115
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 281100

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.....1921-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....2111-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....6611-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....7493-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4941-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3761-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....15064-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....4321-3 days1-2 days
New York.....14254-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....6261-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

O'Neill trucking firms include Brown Truck Line.

Distance to nearest public airport.....2 minute(s)
Elevation.....2,031 feet
Length of longest runway.....4,400 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....80 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 196
Kansas City International 359
Denver International 487

John Baker Field has 24-hour credit card pumps with 100 low-lead and Jet A fuel. The station is attended from 1 a.m. unitl 6 p.m. seven days a week. Please call (402) 336-3377 for further information.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....0
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....76 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Northeast Nebraska Railway Company

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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: O'Neill is provided retail electric service by NPPD. Service is supplied by two 56 MVA, 115/69 kV transformers in the O'Neill substation. Alternate sources are available from the west, east, and north. All services are supplied from substations which are connected to the statewide grid system by 115,000 and 345,000 volt transmission lines. The distribution voltage is 12.5 kV wye with a total transformer capacity of 20 MVA in two distribution substations. O'Neill also has a retail customer in the northwest section of town that has a dedicated 12.5 kV wye circuit. This is fed by a 10 MVA, 69 kV transformer on the 69,000 volt line from O'Neill and an alternate 69,000 volt line from Ainsworth. Contact NPPD, 877-275-6773,, for further information regarding electric rates and service.

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

Natural gas is supplied to O'Neill by SourceGas Distribution, LLC. The transmission provider is Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission. Natural gas is available for residential and commercial uses through a 6-inch line operating 600 pounds of pressure per square inch. Availability of natural gas for industrial uses is subject to individual situations. As specific requirements of an industrial prospect become available, information on gas service availability and applicable rates can be obtained from SourceGas's customer service center at 800-563-0012.

Provider.....City of O'Neill
Major Source.....Five wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....362 feet
Rated Capacity.....4.860 mgd
Average Capacity.....1.400 mgd
Peak Demand.....4.800 mgd
Storage Capacity.....750,000 gallons
Hardness.....116 ppm
Temperature Range.....40-58 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Improvements during the last two years included new water lines at a cost of $300,000, which were financed by the city. Contemplated improvements for the next ten years include a new well, water valve replacement, alternate pressure controller, 500,000-gallon water tower, and transition to radio meter heads at a cost of $1.6 million, which will be financed by the city.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of O'Neill
Type of Service.....Waste Treatment
Rated Capacity.....0.632 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.525 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....1.000 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....No

O'Neill has a municipal sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system. The activated sludge treatment plant, updated in 1997, has a daily capacity of 600,000 gallons, an average daily flow of 400,000 gallons, and a historic peak daily discharge of 1,400,000 gallons. Improvements during the last two years included new sewer lines at a cost of $250,000, which were financed by the city. Contemplated improvements in the next ten years include manhole replacements and several sewer line upgrades and replacements at a cost of $300,000, which will be financed by the city.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Qwest Communications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....5

Telecommunication services are provided to the O'Neill area by Qwest Communications with a digital central office fed by a self-healing fiber ring. Qwest uses a DMS 10 switch, which is monitored both locally and remotely. Fiber is placed based on customer needs and services. In addition to local exchange service, the O'Neill central office provides DSL, telecommunications services, including but not limited to business lines, long distance, frame relay, MPLS, private line (DS-1 to OC-192), Internet, voice and date equipment, and professional services. Diverse routing is available, contingent on funding approval. The extended service area includes the communities of Atkinson, Butte, Chambers, Page, and Stuart. Technicians and networking personnel reside in O'Neill, providing 24-hour on-call service.

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Actual Valuation of City: $125,944,235 (year 2011)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2011
Total Real Property.......$2.2983590

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2011
General Obligation.........$1,570,000.00

All real property is subject to tax at market value. Agricultural land is valued at 72 percent of its market value. Personal property that is used in a trade or business and is depreciable is subject to tax at its "net book value". All other personal property is exempt from taxation. The city of O'Neill imposes a 1 percent city sales tax.

Type of Government..... Mayor/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2003 (year)
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... City
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 68 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 31
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 7
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 47

Zoning and subdivision codes are enforced within the city. They are as follows: General Agricultural District, Residential District, Residential Ranchette, Residential Office, Central Business, General Commercial, Light Industrial, and Industrial. The O'Neill Public Library contains 36,126 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 97,341. The library, with 2,493 patrons, is part of the Nebraska Interlibrary Book Loan Program. Story hour is held during the summer months and other special times during the year. Books and records for the blind are also provided. There are six computers with Internet access available, to library patrons. The O'Neill Volunteer Fire Department has 31 members of which 25 members are EMT certified. The department responds to mutual aid calls. There are 213 fire hydrants in O'Neill. The department has up-to-date equipment including 3 ambulances. O'Neill employs 7 full-time police officers and two support personnel. The police department has 4 fully equipped patrol units.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 13751:9
Senior High 13701:10
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 21291:13
Senior High 11101:8

The O'Neill Public School District No. 7 covers approximately 114 square miles and serves the communities of Emmet, Inman, O'Neill, and Page. The Class 3 District is accredited by the State of Nebraska and North Central Association. The O'Neill Public Elementary was built in 1996 and the Junior-Senior High School was built in 1964. The O'Neill Elementary School serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade with three sections of each grade level. Students are provided with the latest curriculum materials, including new science, social studies, reading, and math text books, along with newly aligned curriculums. Students also have up-to-date technology including MacBooks, SMART Boards, Palm Pilots, iPads, and video equipment. Special service programs are also available to students including HAL, ELL, Special Education, and Title 1. The Developing Eagles Program is available to all students after school from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm during the school year and from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm during the summer. This program assists students in completing homework, playing educational games to reinforce classroom instruction, and physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. In cooperation with the Head Start Program and Chambers Public School, the O'Neill District opened a preschool program during the 2008-09 school year. O'Neill Junior-Senior High School provides a broad spectrum of courses. In addition to 13 core classes, high school students can follow a vocational program with 29 course offerings or a college preparatory curriculum with 31 courses. Classes are also offered through a variety of post-secondary institutions during the regular school day. Students may enroll in TANN (Technology Academy of Northeast Nebraska) classes for both high school and college credit. O'Neill High School has had tremendous success in scholastic competition. During the last 20 years, students have won their division of the Chadron State College Scholastic Contest 16 times and have been overall champion several times. Students from O'Neill High School consistently score higher than the state average on the ACT. St. Mary's Catholic School, a Pre-K-12 school in O'Neill serves as a center for Christian education with St. Patrick's Parish. St. Mary's has 25 class rooms with 222 students. In 2007 a $1 million renovation project was initiated. Through the generosity of friends, benefactors, parishioners, and alumni, St. Mary's was able to renovate and add many areas to the school including the gym, classrooms, library, chapel, nurse's station, office area, staff lounge, commons area, elevator, and paved parking. Word of Life is a Pre-K-8 Christian School in O'Neill. The school has 6 classrooms with 17 students.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....3
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....2
Public Swimming Pool(s).....2
Public Park(s).....10
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....0.1 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

There are places to fish, hunt, camp and hike all over Holt County. Boating, water skiing, tubing and tanking is available with a 60 minute drive or less. The Cowboy Trail, great for cycling, goes through O'Neill to the East and West.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 23
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $110
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $450
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $350

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....19
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....6
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....4
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....55+
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....3

Information about Avera St. Anthony's Hospital can be found @

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

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......3

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......3
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......66

Number of Protestant Churches.......11
Number of Catholic Churches.......2

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......5
Total Number of Rooms Available.......185

Number of Banks in City.......5

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

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....7
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....145


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Avera St. Anthony's Hospital
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 203    
#2.Business Name:O'Neill Public Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 125    
#3.Business Name:Holt County
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 100    
#4.Business Name:Nonpariel Farm
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 100    
Year Established:1997
Products/Service:Potatoe Plant
#5.Business Name:Golden Living Center
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 73    
Products/Service:Nursing Home
#6.Business Name:Garden Fresh Vegetables
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 50    
Products/Service:Vegetable Greenhouse
#7.Business Name:Valley Hope
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 44    
Products/Service:Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center
#8.Business Name:Pamida
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 31    
Products/Service:Retail Variety
#9.Business Name:City of O'Neill
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 31    
#10.Business Name:St Mary's School
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 30    

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Buildings Available on LOIS for ONeill

Our Community: O'Neill is the Holt County seat and the largest of the county's communities. Designated the "Irish Capital of Nebraska," O'Neill is home to the world's largest shamrock, famous Irish Dancers, and the yearly St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Every July is sizzling with our Summerfest Activities. O'Neill is a city of opportunity and is poised for growth and prosperity into the next century. Living in O'Neill in Holt County is a slice of rural, small town life. We are people focused on working together to create a bright future. Thank you for "looking into" our community and we invite you to contact us if you have any questions.

Facts Book:
ONeill Facts Book (PDF)
Suggested Sites:
City of O'Neill @
O'Neill Chamber of Commerce @
Holt County Economic Development @
KBRX Radio @
Nicole Sedlacek
Holt County Economic Development
204 North 4th Street
O'Neill, NE 68763
Phone:(402) 336-1504
Fax:(402) 336-1504
 Nikki Johnston
City of O'Neill
401 E. Fremont
O'Neill, Nebraska 68763
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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