Nebraska - right in the middle  
Nebraska              
Community "Fast Facts" Profile              
Aurora, Nebraska              

Date generated: 6/24/2017


Navigation: Location | Population | Housing | Labor | Transportation | Utilities | Tax Structure | Municipal Services | Education | Recreation | Health Facilities | Commercial Services | Local Manufacturing | Largest Employers | Industrial Properties | Community Notes | Local Contacts |

top of page LOCATION

Aurora, Nebraska

Google Map link
(click for larger view)
  Aurora, the county seat of Hamilton County, is located in south-central Nebraska at the junction of U.S. Hwy 34 and Nebraska Hwy 2 and 14. Aurora is 2.5 miles north of Interstate 80.

top of page POPULATION
General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2015
    Change
Aurora.......4,4794,4960.4%
Hamilton County .......9,1249,1900.7%
Labor Market Population1.......138,443141,1802.0%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2016. City populations estimated to be released July 2016.

County Age Distribution (2015) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 1,307 266 991 1,293 422 343 4,622 50.3 %
Female...... 1,151 261 941 1,294 462 459 4,568 49.7 %

Total: 1,784 527 1,932 2,587 884 802

Median Age (2015):     State 36.3 years       County 41.9 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2016.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey


top of page HOUSING
Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 38
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 10
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $109
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $450
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $350
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $95,000

Available Lots Information


Building Incentive Information


External Links




top of page LABOR
Nebraska
State
(2014)
Hamilton
County
(2015)
Area
Labor Force
(2015)1
Labor Force.....1,020,9134,55871,759    
Total Employment.....980,6684,69274,292    
Unemployment.....40,2481342,533    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.9%3.5%    

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
Percentile
Median 90th
Percentile
Accountants and Auditors$16.52$24.39$43.55
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.95$15.07$20.56
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$10.63$17.94$30.22
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.14$15.14$23.47
Civil Engineers$24.25$30.98$55.63
Computer Operators$9.52$13.75$15.65
Computer Programmers$16.76$24.09$41.44
Computer Systems Analysts$32.20$44.40$53.62
Customer Service Representatives$8.79$11.24$19.27
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.87$17.12$22.99
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$12.93$15.53$19.52
Data Entry Keyers$8.64$9.87$18.26
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.57$19.33$24.57
Driver/Sales Workers$8.59$9.57$22.40
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$19.32$28.63$37.25
Electrical Engineers$26.29$38.53$56.43
Electricians$10.45$12.20$24.28
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.87$15.27$19.60
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$12.02$21.22$30.47
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$8.97$10.75$12.25
Industrial Engineers$22.87$32.96$38.78
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$15.07$23.92$35.24
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$10.98$14.40$18.91
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$9.44$14.06$18.61
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.67$20.23$24.62
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$8.75$13.44$24.30
Machinists$11.28$19.04$27.34
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$13.96$19.49$28.54
Mechanical Engineers$22.53$34.11$38.28
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$20.57$26.49$34.12
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$15.11$21.52$28.35
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.67$18.05$23.79
Nursing Assistants$10.17$11.85$15.50
Office Clerks, General$8.87$11.67$18.11
Orderlies$9.12$11.73$15.63
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.76$11.02$15.77
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.58$13.29$15.79
Registered Nurses$20.79$27.54$37.09
Retail Salespersons$8.59$10.73$18.87
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$11.11$14.84$20.75
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.16$15.20$25.15
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.70$10.35$14.99
Telemarketers$8.82$10.88$14.74
Tool and Die Makers$13.79$21.66$28.87
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$12.75$16.46$24.01
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$12.69$18.12$23.65

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Fourth Quarter 2016.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0


top of page TRANSPORTATION

Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
FederalStateCounty
INTERSTATE Hwys.....1
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....120
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 803
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....Highway 28120

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.....1271-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....751-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5921-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6133-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4221-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....2661-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....14334-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....5031-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13654-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....5171-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....3 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,802 feet
Length of longest runway.....4,300 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....20 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 131
Kansas City International 249
Denver International 415

Barge:

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 1 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....40
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....132 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Union Pacific



top of page UTILITIES

Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: (402) 563-5534 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 (402) 563-5534. Further information can be found online @ econdev.nppd.com. Utility information can be found @ www.nppd.com.

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District

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

Water:
Provider.....City
Major Source.....Well
If Wells, Average Depth.....213 feet
Rated Capacity.....7.500 mgd
Average Capacity.....7.200 mgd
Peak Demand.....3.500 mgd
Storage Capacity.....300,000 gallons
Hardness.....15 ppm
Treated.....No
Temperature Range.....55-59 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Aurora
Rated Capacity.....1.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....1.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.900 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Telecommunications:
Name of Local Service Provider.....Hamilton Telecommunications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....1



top of page TAX STRUCTURE

Actual Valuation of City: $311,060,339 (year 2014)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2014
City.......$0.4072750
County.......$1.1300000
School.......$0.8332620
Other.......$0.0353500
Total Real Property.......$1.9800000

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2015
General Obligation.........$10,378,797.00
Revenue.........$0.00
County.........$0.00
School.........$5,152,000.00



top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... Mayor/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2014 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
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..... 98 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 32
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 9
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 78


top of page EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 15241:18
Middle / Jr. High 13001:12
Senior High 13691:11
Trade & Tech Schools 00
Community College 00
Four-Year College 00
University 00
 
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 001:0
Middle / Jr. High 001:0
Senior High 001:0
Colleges 00


External Links


top of page RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....4
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....4
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....12 mile(s)
Camping.....Yes
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes


top of page HEALTH FACILITIES
Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....14
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....8
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....5
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....69
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....3
Veterinarian(s).....3

A brand new state of the art surgical center has been added to Memorial Hospital in 2009.

top of page COMMERCIAL SERVICES
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).......0

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......5
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......283

Number of Protestant Churches.......13
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......3
Total Number of Rooms Available.......83

Number of Banks in City.......3Assets: $130,489,942
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......0

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


top of page LOCAL MANUFACTURING CHARACTERISTICS
Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....28
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....394


top of page LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Proctor & Gamble (Iams)
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Year Established:1984
Unions:No
Products/Service:Dog Food
 
#2.Business Name:Memorial Community Hospital
Service Sector: Services
Year Established:1963
Unions:No
Products/Service:Health Care
 
#3.Business Name:Aurora Public School
Service Sector: Government
Unions:No
Products/Service:Education
 
#4.Business Name:Chief Custom Homes
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Year Established:1970
Unions:No
Products/Service:Manufacutred Homes
 
#5.Business Name:Hamilton Telecommunications
Service Sector: Services
Year Established:1901
Unions:No
Products/Service:Telephone/Internet Service
 


top of page INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS
Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......1
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes


top of page INDUSTRIAL SITES
Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......4
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Sites Available on LOIS for Aurora


top of page COMMUNITY NOTES
Our Community: What do three Fortune 500 companies know that you should too? They know that their investment in Aurora is safe and profitable. They know that Aurora is more than just a spot on the map, a town in Nebraska, or a place with homes and streets. It is an attitude, a vision, a commitment of its people to building their community with an eye to the future while appreciating and building on all the accomplishments of the past. Aurora is unique for many reasons from its one-of-a-kind facilities to its long standing pro-growth, and pro-business environment. But, perhaps most unique in Aurora is the attitude of its leaders and people.

Suggested Sites:
Aurora Area Chamber & Development Home Page @ www.auroranebraska.com
City of Aurora, Nebraska Home Page @ www.cityofaurora.org
Aurora's Economic Development @ http://www.auroranebraska.com/index.php/invest
Aurora Tourism Information @ http://www.auroranebraska.com/index.php/visit
Internet Service Home Page @ www.hamilton.net
 
certified community

Local
Development
Contact:
Barb Ernst
Aurora Area Chamber and Development Corp.
1604 L Street
PO Box 146
Aurora, Nebraska 68818
Phone:402-694-6911
Fax:402-694-5766
Email: Barb.Ernst@auroranebraska.com
 Rick Melcher, Administrator
City of Aurora
905 13th Street
Aurora, Nebraska 68818
Phone:(402) 694-6992
Fax:(402) 694-4043
Email: ctyadm@cityofaurora.org
Website: www.cityofaurora.org
 
State Contacts:Courtney Dentlinger
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
Email:
courtney.dentlinger@nebraska.gov
Website: www.NebraskaAdvantage.org
 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
Email: econdev@nppd.com
Website: econdev.nppd.com

top of page

Fast Facts Community Profiles sponsored by Nebraska Public Power District.
Nebraska Public Power District: Nebraska's Energy Leader! Copyright © 2012 Nebraska Public Power District (econdev.nppd.com). All rights reserved.