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Center, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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Center, Nebraska

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Knox County .......8,7018,571-1.5%
Labor Market Population1.......82,67542,962-48.0%

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......... 1,129 212 796 1,161 489 408 4,195 48.9 %
Female...... 1,150 194 726 1,126 525 655 4,376 51.1 %

Total: 2,279 406 1,522 2,287 1,014 1,063

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 47.6 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..... 1
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $225
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $225

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Center is great place to move and raise your family. The cost of living is very affordable. There is housing available and organizations in the area that offer down payment assistance to assist you in purchasing a home. Please consider Center in your future.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9134,61741,941    
Total Employment.....980,6684,76843,104    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.2%2.8%    

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 (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............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.....0840
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate I29105
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....South Dakota Highway 5044

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.....193N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....197N/A1 Day
Chicago.....628N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....754N/A2-3 days
Denver.....555N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....375N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1566N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....368N/A1-2 days
New York.....1402N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....627N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Distance to nearest public airport.....12 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,652 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.....110 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 197
Kansas City International 358
Denver International 548

The Creighton Municipal Airport, one-half mile east of Creighton, has a 3,100 foot paved and lighted run way and a 2,100 foot sod runway, 100 octane fuel, and hangar space for eight planes. Six private planes are hangared there; none are available for charter. Sioux City Gateway Airport is approximately 110 miles east of Creighton.


The Sioux City river port is 110 miles east of Center. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains s 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River. Commodities transported by towing companies are alfalfa pellets, cement, concrete forms, distillers' dried grain, feed, feed ingredients, fertilizer, grain, machinery, molasses, newsprint, nitrogen fertilizer solution, propylene glycol, rock-aggregate, salt, steel, and twine.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 34 mile(s)
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

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

The Nebraska Northeastern Railroad provides the nearest rail service at Osmond, 34 miles south of Center.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: North Central Public Power District
  phone - (800) 578-1060
  website -
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: North Central Public Power District

Provider.....Village of Center
Major Source.....Well
Storage Capacity.....18,000 gallons

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Center
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The connection for waste water is a 50/50 with the Village of Center.

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

Internet access is available through Great Plains Communications.

Type of Government..... Village Board
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... No
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... No
Percent of Streets Paved..... 25 %

Center does not have a library. Residents utilize the libraries in Verdigre, Bloomfield, and Creighton. Center does not have a fire department, the community is served by the Creighton Fire District.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....3
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....4
Public Swimming Pool(s).....5
Public Park(s).....6
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....15 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

The Niobrara and Missouri rivers are available for boating, swimming, fishing, etc. The Niobrara State Park is only 15 miles from Center and is filled with activites such as swimming, horse back riding, camping, hiking, sand volleyball, river rafting, and many others. Creighton, Niobrara, and Plainview all of golf courses that residents use. There are tennis courts in Creighton, Bloomfield, Niobrara, and Verdigre. There are swimming pools in Verdigre, Creighton, Niobrara, Bloomfield and Wausa. Center, Creighton, Wausa, Bloomfield, and Verdigre have public parks. Santee has public campgrounds available.

Machine Shops in City.......2

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly

Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes

Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......0
Total Number of Rooms Available.......0

Number of Banks in City.......1

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

Our Community: Center, Nebraska is a small community in northeastern Nebraska founded in 1901. As with other cities of similar size, economics is a major factor in activities and improvements. However, residents of the community are working hard to make it inviting to new families. The residents have improved their public park by installing new landscaping, improved their picnic areas, and purchased new playground equipment. As you enter the community you will be greeted by new "Welcome to Center" signs. The small town atmosphere, plus the choice of three area schools to send children to, make Center an attractive place to live and raise a family. The quietness of the community is appealing to people of all ages.

Suggested Sites:
Knox County Development Agency representing all communities in Knox County. @
Center, Nebraska Community Website @
Loren Hintz
Village of Center
P.O. Box 86
Center, Nebraska 68724
 Tammy Henery
Village of Center
P.O. Box 86
Center, Nebraska 68724
Fax:(402) 379-9207
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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