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Wakefield, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/17/2014


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Wakefield, Nebraska

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  Wakefield is located in northeast Nebraska on the border of Dixon and Wayne counties. Wakefield, served by Nebraska Highways 16 and 35, is 35 miles southwest of Sioux City, Iowa; 40 miles northeast of Norfolk, Nebraska; and 112 miles northwest of Omaha, Nebraska.

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General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2012
    Change
Wakefield.......1,4511,422-2.0%
Dixon County .......6,0005,918-1.4%
Labor Market Population1.......80,65681,1420.6%

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......... 844 132 620 885 464 56 2,945 49.8 %
Female...... 784 127 614 797 651 134 2,973 50.2 %

Total: 1,628 259 1,234 1,682 1,115 190

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 42.5 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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Nebraska
State
(2011)
Dixon
County
(2012)
Area
Labor Force
(2012)1
Labor Force.....1,020,9133,21844,590    
Total Employment.....980,6683,08142,470    
Unemployment.....40,2481372,120    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%4.3%4.8%    

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$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
Electricians$12.74$17.19$31.58
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
Machinists$11.89$17.19$26.03
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
Orderlies$9.75$10.97$14.14
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
Telemarketers$8.02$9.35$14.46
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

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Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
FederalStateCounty
INTERSTATE Hwys.....0
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....02
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I-2935
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....Highway 8140

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.....132N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....143N/A1 Day
Chicago.....567N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....733N/A2-3 days
Denver.....561N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....314N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1572N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....316N/A1-2 days
New York.....1340N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....565N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Wakefield has several trucking companies that transport goods throughout Nebraska and the United States. (Roses Trucking, Sandahl Trucking, and Logan Valley Carriers)

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....10 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,435 feet
Length of longest runway.....4,200 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....35 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 136
Kansas City International 297
Denver International 554

Hard surface.

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....0
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....35 mile(s)

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Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Wakefield
  phone - (402) 287-2080
  website - www.ci.wakefield.ne.us
  email - wakeclerk@huntel.net

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: Wakefield is a total requirement wholesale customer of NPPD and a capacity purchase contract for 2.5 megawatts of generating power. Wakefield has aggressively updated its electric substation and electric distribution system. Power is delivered to the City by a 69 kV line and new substation rate at 12.5 MVA. Wakefield has a new operations and maintenance agreement with NPPD which gives our customers fast and dependable service when needed. Wakefield has invested more than $2.5 million is its electric update and distribution system and continues to maintain low electric rates for its customers.

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

Water:
Provider.....City of Wakefield
Major Source.....3 Wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....106 feet
Rated Capacity.....900.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.667 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.900 mgd
Storage Capacity.....200,000 gallons
Hardness.....380 ppm
Treated.....Yes
Temperature Range.....54 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The city of Wakefield will start a new water improvement project in 2007 costing an estimated $500,000. Phase I will consist of a new well to add pumping capacity, a new transmission main to improve water delivery to the treatment plant and add a new chemical feed to help improve water quality.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Wakefield
Type of Service.....Lagoon
Rated Capacity.....0.150 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.115 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.170 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The City sewer system consists of a sewer lift station and a 5 cell lagoon system. The City will be taking over an additional cell previously used by an industry that will give the City the ability for complete retention of its waste. In 2006, the City turned over operations of the industrial lagoons to Michael Foods, Inc. Michael Foods, with cooperation of the City, is currently constructing a $16M waste water treatment plant.

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

Northeast Nebraska Telephone Co. has contracted to use the Alltel Cellular Tower in Wakefield to provide wireless Internet service.

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Actual Valuation of City: $40,807,506 (year 2006)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2006
City.......$0.5722100
County.......$0.4167300
School.......$1.1550469
Other.......$0.1508478
Total Real Property.......$2.2948347

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 06-07
General Obligation.........$0.00
Revenue.........$1,245,000.00
School.........$1,045,492.00

top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... City Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2004 (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..... 30
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 2
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 59

The City of Wakefield contracts for two full-time law enforcement officers from the Dixon County Sheriffs Department. Two Deputy Sheriffs are stationed in Wakefield. Wakefield has 24-hour law enforcement coverage.

top of page EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 12091:11
Middle / Jr. High 0
Senior High 12331:11

Wakefield Community School is located in Northeast Nebraska. The K-12 school district has an enrollment of 442 students. The school features excellent educational programs, great facilities and a supportive community. The Wakefield Activity Center, opened during the winter of the 2001-2002 school year, is a facility open to the general public. The Activity Center includes a brand new gymnasium, complete with a four-lane walking track, and a weightroom, which includes free weights, weight machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes. For your convenience, restrooms and locker rooms are also located in the facility. The place is used by Physical Education classes and Weights/Conditioning classes on a daily basis. Sports teams also use the Activity Center, usually the junior-high and junior-varsity squads. Local residents are also welcome and encouraged to come and lift weights and/or exercise during the school day or during scheduled weekend hours. During the week, the Activity Center is usually open until approximately 7:00 p.m.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....5
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....4
Public Park(s).....4
Public Camp Ground(s).....5
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....30 mile(s)
Camping.....Yes
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

The city park in Wakefield covers 12 acres and has picnic shelters, two sand volleyball courts, two equipped playgrounds, a swimming pool, overnight camping, horseshoe pits, baseball and softball fields, a T-ball field, batting cages, and a basketball court. The Logan Creek Trail, a 1.5 mile asphalt trail, is open to walkers and bikers. The Wakefield Community Rec Center has a fully equipped weight room, a walking track, and a full-size gym.

top of page HOUSING
Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 1
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $350
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $400
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $80,000

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Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....11
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....1
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....17
Veterinarian(s).....1

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Machine Shops in City.......1
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......0

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.......53

Number of Protestant Churches.......5

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......0

Number of Banks in City.......1Assets: $204,926,000
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......0

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

top of page LOCAL MANUFACTURING CHARACTERISTICS
Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....2
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....820

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Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Michael Foods, Inc.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 800   (Male: 520   Female: 280)
Year Established:1948
Unions:No
Products/Service:Egg Processing
 
#2.Business Name:Education Service Unit #1
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 88   (Male: 13   Female: 75)
Year Established:1967
Unions:No
Products/Service:Educational coop services
 
#3.Business Name:Wakefield Health Care Center
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 65   (Male: 5   Female: 60)
Year Established:1974
Unions:No
Products/Service:nursing home & assisted living
 
#4.Business Name:Wakefield Public School
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 55   (Male: 25   Female: 30)
Year Established:1966
Unions:Yes
 
#5.Business Name:Roses Transport
Service Sector: Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities
Employment Number: Total: 17   (Male: 15   Female: 2)
Unions:No
Products/Service:Freight Hauling
 
#6.Business Name:Central Valley Ag
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 20   (Male: 18   Female: 2)
Products/Service:Fertilizer and farm supplies
 

top of page INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS
Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......0

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Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Sites Available on LOIS for Wakefield

Wakefield Development Coroporation Terry Baker, President Wakefield, NE 68784 402-287-2211 Phone 402-287-2200 Fax

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Our Community: Wakefield takes PRIDE in being named "Baseball Capital of Nebraska." We live up to our name. Wakefield has a breath taking park with a state-of-the-art baseball complex. Over 100 baseball games are played in Wakefield a year. Recent additions to the park were a walking trail and a zero depth entry swimming pool with swimming lanes and a water slide. Wakefield is a growing community that can offer something to all ages. Wakefield has many new attractive buildings, a recreational center was built at the school, a new library and black box theatre were built in the downtown area. Wakefield has that small home town feel. Wakefield is a great place to live and raise a family. Wakefield has many active organizations that make our community what it is today. Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and feel free to contact us for more information or if you have any questions

Community
Facts Book:
Wakefield Facts Book (PDF)
 
Suggested Sites:
Wakefield Home Page @ www.ci.wakefield.ne.us
Wakefield Community Details @ www.neded.org
Wakefield Public School @ www.wakefieldschools.org
Gardner Public Library @ www.gardnerpubliclibrary.com
 
Local
Development
Contact:
Jim Litchfield-City Adm.
City of Wakefield
405 Main Street
P.O. Box 178
Wakefield, Nebraska 68784
Phone:402-287-2080
Fax:402-287-2045
Email: ctyadmwakefield@huntel.net
Website: www.ci.wakefield.ne.us
 Thomas L. Higginbotham Jr.
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District
111 South 1st Street
P.O. Box 178
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Phone:(402) 379-1150
Fax:(402) 379-9207
Email: thomash@nenedd.org
Website: www.nenedd.org
 
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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