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Albion, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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Albion, Nebraska

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  Albion, the county seat of Boone County, lies in Beaver Valley in central Nebraska. Albion is served by Nebraska Highways 14, 91, and 39 and is 41 miles northwest of Columbus, 51 miles southwest of Norfolk, 68 miles northeast of Grand Island, 115 miles northwest of Lincoln, and 125 miles northwest of Omaha.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Boone County .......5,5055,332-3.1%
Labor Market Population1.......86,39486,288-0.1%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2017. City populations estimated to be released July 2017.

County Age Distribution (2016) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 692 154 556 774 263 239 2,678 50.2 %
Female...... 673 151 495 706 271 358 2,654 49.8 %

Total: 1,365 305 1,051 1,480 534 597

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 45.6 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2017.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 8
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $100
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $350
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $225
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $86,600

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Harmony Homes, built in 1966 by the Albion Housing Authority, is a low-cost housing facility with 40 ground-level units. Facilities include a community room with kitchen, laundry facilities, and social activities. Parkview Apartments, built in 1977, has 24 three-room units. Facilities include a community room and plaza, laundry room, indoor mail delivery, elevator, handi-bus pick-up, meals on wheels, and prescription and grocery delivery. Albion Manor LLC, built in 2002 by Excel Development Corporation, for the Albion Development Company, Inc. Albion Manor has four duplexes with attached garages, backyard space, and all the comforts of home in each unit. Albion Manor is a maintenance free facility and residents must meet low income guidelines.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9132,97045,875    
Total Employment.....980,6683,04547,185    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.5%2.9%    

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 (877) 275-6773.
Source: Year end 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/2016.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$18.44$27.83$46.64
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$10.36$14.02$18.27
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$13.18$22.13$31.32
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.90$15.37$23.21
Civil Engineers$19.29$41.63$51.04
Computer Operators$9.95$17.28$27.45
Computer Programmers$14.10$28.12$44.53
Computer Systems Analysts$26.39$38.98$54.52
Customer Service Representatives$9.98$14.18$23.19
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.33$16.80$23.32
Data Entry Keyers$10.58$14.34$20.66
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.45$11.06$21.94
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$19.72$32.51$43.99
Electrical Engineers$25.94$42.16$56.97
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.82$17.19$23.04
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.71$20.11$29.89
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.44$10.84$14.33
Industrial Engineers$28.80$40.75$58.32
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$15.22$20.05$29.17
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.05$15.63$19.90
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.60$14.63$19.59
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.63$15.22$34.55
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$13.81$19.44$24.46
Mechanical Engineers$23.96$30.92$45.95
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.39$28.33$37.76
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.91$18.90$24.66
Nursing Assistants$10.46$13.19$18.21
Office Clerks, General$9.43$12.10$18.27
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.43$11.05$15.64
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.76$13.24$17.69
Registered Nurses$19.84$27.22$37.28
Retail Salespersons$9.15$10.14$18.07
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.40$14.12$19.16
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.63$16.31$23.10
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.40$10.73$16.92
Tool and Die Makers$16.95$22.64$30.20
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.61$17.89$23.54
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$13.40$17.53$23.40

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Second Quarter 2017.

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 Albion is unionized. There have been no known strikes in Albion.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....030
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I-8059
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....Hwy 8128

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.....1381-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1221-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5911-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6603-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4851-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3131-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....14964-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....4091-3 days1-2 days
New York.....1364N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....5651-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Albion is served by north-south Nebraska Highway 14/39 and east-west Nebraska Highway 91. There are no local load limits imposed on these highways. Interstate 80 is 57 miles south and Interstate 29 is 115 east of Albion.

Distance to nearest public airport.....3 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,806 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,100 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....No
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....150 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 142
Kansas City International 296
Denver International 478

The Albion Municipal Airport, located three miles northeast of the community, has a lighted 3,100 foot asphalt runway, pilot's lounge, restroom, 14 hangars, 100 low lead aviation fuel, and a nondirectional beacon (BUN-332). Karl Stefan Memorial Airport at Norfolk, 51 miles northeast of Albion, provides air freight,and air express. Charter flights are available upon request. Supplementary all-cargo service (air/truck) is available with departures daily. Taxi service and car rental provide public ground transportation from the airport.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 1 mile(s)
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....150 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Nebraska Central Railroad

The Nebraska Central Railroad, owned by Rio Grande Pacific in Fort Worth, Texas, serves Albion with an average of four freight trains weekly. Nebraska Central connects to the Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway Company. Nebraska Central is a regional railroad with a more dedicated customer service that handles all maintenance and operations.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Loup Public Power District
  phone - (402) 564-3171
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Loup Power District, a wholesale power customer of Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), is a full-service, public power electric utility in eastern-central Nebraska. Headquartered in Columbus, Neb., Loup's service area covers approximately 2,028 square miles. The District maintains 780 miles of transmission and distribution lines and has been generating electric power since March 5, 1937. Total population within Loup's service area is approximately 50,000. Loup purchases, sells and delivers approximately 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of electric power annually to wholesale and retail customers across a service area that spans four counties entirely and parts of three others. Loup promotes the economic and industrial development of its service area. For further specifics on your project needs, please contact David Bell, Vice President of Development-Marketing, by calling 402-564-3171 ext. 257.

Wholesale Supplier: Loup Public Power District
Additional Comments: Albion's power source is from the 115 kV substation located one-half mile southeast of the community. The substation has a capacity of 28MVA. The city is fed by two 34.5 kV lines. The distribution voltage is 4,160 volts wye. The system is tied into Nebraska Public Power District's statewide grid system. Cornhusker Public Power District serves the rural area outside the city limits.

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

Natural gas is supplied to the community of Albion by SourceGas through a two-inch transmission pipeline with an operating pressure of approximately 800-900 pounds per square inch. Natural gas is available for residential and commercial uses. 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 at (800) 563-0012.

Provider.....City of Albion
Major Source.....Wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....170 feet
Rated Capacity.....3.600 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.433 mgd
Peak Demand.....1.787 mgd
Storage Capacity.....300,000 gallons
Hardness.....224 ppm
Temperature Range.....51 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The quality of water in Albion does not necessitate a water treatment plant.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Albion
Type of Service.....Municipal Sanitary Sewage System and Storm Sewer System
Rated Capacity.....0.100 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.210 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.220 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Name of Local Service Provider.....Frontier
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....1

Cable Nebraska, Frontier, and Great Plains Communications provide high speed Internet to Albion.

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Actual Valuation of City: $104,338,193 (year 2010)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2010
Total Real Property.......$1.9289910

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2010
General Obligation.........$523,369.00

Type of Government..... Mayor/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2010 (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..... 95 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 38
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 3
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 59

Albion, a city of the second class, has a mayor-council form of government with a city administrator.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 12411:10
Middle / Jr. High 11331:11
Senior High 12201:10
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 1821:9
Middle / Jr. High 1171:14

St. Michael's Schools is the only private school and has students up to the 8th grade.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....0
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....4
Public Swimming Pool(s).....2
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....41 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Albion has three parks covering 30 acres. Facilities include tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds, soccer fields, playground equipment, picnic shelters, restrooms, and RV hookups. Annual events include a parade and services on Memorial and Veteran's Days, Alumni Weekend in June, Boone County Fair and FFA Bullride in July, a rodeo, quarter horse show, and beef-o-rama. The Boone County Fitness Center is an indoor recreational center offering fitness equipment, walking track, olympic size swimming pool, and organized fitness activities, with trainers on staff for customized fitness programs.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....16
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....11
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....3
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....35
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....3

The Boone County Heatlh Center is a fully accredited and licensed hospital with 25 beds and five neonatal layettes. Five family practitioners, one pediatrician, and three physician assistants staff the Health Center's new Albion Clinic and four satellite clinics located in Elgin, Fullerton, Newman Grove, and Spalding. The Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center is a skilled nursing facility, which has a capacity for 60 residents in 40 private and 10 semiprivate rooms. The center offers 24-hour nursing care, skilled nursing services, Lifeline, a chapel, restorative care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, bus transportation, short-term care, an outdoor courtyard, beauty salon, a satellite distance-learning classroom, and an activity program. Samaritan Estates was established in 2003 as an assisted living center.

Machine Shops in City.......2
Tool & Die Services in City.......0
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......0

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......9

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......4
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......37

Number of Protestant Churches.......10
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......2
Total Number of Rooms Available.......36

Number of Banks in City.......4
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......0

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

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....6
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....121

The six manufacturers in Albion are Albion News, Azonic Products, Creative Window Designs, Country Laminates, Sentinel Building Systems, and Valero Renewables.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Boone County Health Center
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 241   (Male: 16   Female: 225)
Year Established:1949
#2.Business Name:Boone Central Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 102   (Male: 21   Female: 81)
Year Established:1882
#3.Business Name:Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 105    
Year Established:1963
Products/Service:Skilled Nursing Facility
#4.Business Name:Boone County
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 75    
Year Established:1872
Products/Service:County Government
#5.Business Name:Valero Renewables
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 57   (Male: 47   Female: 10)
Year Established:2008
Products/Service:Ethanol Production
#6.Business Name:Niewohner Farms
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 50    
Year Established:1996
Products/Service:Feedlot, Farming
#7.Business Name:Sentinel Manufacturing
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 49   (Male: 38   Female: 11)
Year Established:1990
Products/Service:Metal Buildings
#8.Business Name:Kayton International
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 25   (Male: 21   Female: 4)
Year Established:1977
Products/Service:Implement Dealer
#9.Business Name:Cargill Ag Horizons
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 24   (Male: 12   Female: 12)
Year Established:1980
Products/Service:Grain Elevator
#10.Business Name:Green Line Equipment
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 18   (Male: 15   Female: 3)
Year Established:1996
Products/Service:Implement Dealer


Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available sites:
Sites Available on LOIS for Albion

Boone County Development Agency holds an option on the Albion Industrial Site, located southeast of Albion on Highway 39.

Our Community: Albion, a small town in central Nebraska, was founded in 1872. Albion has a population of about 1,797 and its elevation is 1,749 feet above sea level. Albion is the county seat of Boone County. The first settler of Boone County filed on a homestead claim near Albion in April, 1871. In 1880 and 1881, Albion grew rapidly due to a rush of immigration to American and the construction of the railroad which goes through Albion. Thank you for taking the time to view our community profile. If you have questions, please contact us.

Suggested Sites:
Boone Central Schools @
Boone County Development Agency @
Boone County Health Center @
certified community


Albion Chamber of Commerce
420 W. Market Street
Albion, Nebraska 68620-1299
Phone:(402) 395-6012
Fax:(402) 395-6723
 Doug Koch
Boone County Development Agency (BCDA Inc.)/Albion Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)
233 South 4th St.
Albion, Nebraska 68620
State Contacts:Dave Rippe
Economic Development Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3125 or
(800) 426-6505
 Mary Plettner, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (877) 275-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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