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Decatur, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/22/2017

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Decatur, Nebraska

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Burt County .......6,8586,546-4.5%
Labor Market Population1.......104,03380,049-23.1%

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......... 827 167 619 928 368 326 3,235 49.4 %
Female...... 738 142 652 928 360 491 3,311 50.6 %

Total: 1,565 309 1,271 1,856 728 817

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 47.4 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..... 0
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0

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Maple Villa, owned by the Decatur Housing Authority, is government subsidized for those over 62 years of age or handicapped. The villa consists of seven buildings with four apartments in each building. One of the buildings houses the office, mail room, laundry room and a community room. The lovely grounds are kept up by a maintenance person.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9133,50152,412    
Total Employment.....980,6683,63254,243    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.6%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
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$18.29$27.59$46.25
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$10.29$13.92$18.14
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$13.01$21.85$30.93
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.84$15.29$23.09
Civil Engineers$19.13$41.28$50.60
Computer Operators$9.89$17.19$27.30
Computer Programmers$13.98$27.88$44.15
Computer Systems Analysts$26.17$38.65$54.05
Customer Service Representatives$9.93$14.10$23.07
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.80$16.65$23.10
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.23$16.68$23.16
Data Entry Keyers$10.53$14.26$20.55
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.34$19.02$24.74
Driver/Sales Workers$9.40$11.00$21.82
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$19.55$32.23$43.61
Electrical Engineers$25.72$41.80$56.48
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.72$17.07$22.88
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.64$20.00$29.73
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.39$10.78$14.25
Industrial Engineers$28.56$40.40$57.82
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$15.03$19.80$28.80
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$12.98$15.55$19.79
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.55$14.55$19.48
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.73$21.22$24.71
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.58$15.14$34.36
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$13.64$19.20$24.15
Mechanical Engineers$23.76$30.65$45.56
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.20$28.09$37.44
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.85$20.46$24.11
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.82$18.77$24.48
Nursing Assistants$10.41$13.12$18.11
Office Clerks, General$9.38$12.04$18.18
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.38$10.99$15.56
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.71$13.17$17.59
Registered Nurses$19.68$26.99$36.96
Retail Salespersons$9.13$10.12$18.03
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.34$14.04$19.05
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.57$16.23$22.97
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.35$10.67$16.83
Tool and Die Makers$16.83$22.48$29.99
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.52$17.77$23.37
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$13.30$17.41$23.24

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


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....110
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 297
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....

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.....67N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....120N/A1 Day
Chicago.....502N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....728N/A2-3 days
Denver.....567N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....249N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1578N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....315N/A1-2 days
New York.....1275N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....500N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Decatur is one of nine communities along the "Lewis & Clark Highway 75 Scenic Byways", which extends from South Sioux City, Neb., to Blair, Neb. This stretch of highway was named after Lewis & Clark's journey which followed the Missouri River directly in the area surrounding the present day highway. In addition to being a scenic byway, transportation routes surrounding Decatur are conducive to business. Interstate 29 is 7 miles east of Decatur. US 275 and US 77 are just west of town. Decatur is also directly served by Highways 51 and 75.

Distance to nearest public airport.....7 minute(s)
Length of longest runway.....3,400 feet
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....44 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 71
Kansas City International 232
Denver International 560

The Onawa Municipal Airport (K36) is located 1 mile SW of Onawa. The new 3400 ft. concrete runway was completed in 1996 with additional improvements, scheduled for completion in phases, including: airport access, hangers, taxi ways and aprons. Sioux Gateway Airport at Sioux City, Iowa, 44 miles northwest of Decatur, is served by Northwest/Airlink and Chautaugua Airlines.


Barge service is available at 19 barge terminal facilities on the Missouri River in Nebraska. The Sioux City river port is 44 miles northwest of Decatur. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 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 alfala pellets, cement, concrete forms, distillers' dried grain, feed, feed ingredients, fertilizer, grain, machinery, molasses, newsprint, nitorgen fertilizer solution, propylene glycol, rock-aggregate, salt, steel, and twine.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 7 mile(s)

Onawa, Iowa is the closest community that is served by a railroad system.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Decatur

Wholesale Supplier: Burt County Public Power District
  phone - (402) 374-2631 or 24-Hours: (888) 835-1620
  website -

Additional Comments: Low utility costs make Nebraska an excellent location for business. Electric and natural gas industrial rates are among the lowest in the nation. Both energy sources are easily accessible throughout the state. Nebraska is the only state in the nation served totally by electric public power.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....No

Provider.....Village of Decatur
Major Source.....Well
Average Capacity.....0.182 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.220 mgd
Storage Capacity.....0 gallons

The Village of Decatur water system consists of wells with a ground water level storage facility and distribution system.

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

The viillage of Decatur has a waste water treatment plant.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company

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Actual Valuation of City: $10,645,660

Type of Government..... Village Board
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1996 (year)
City Manager..... No
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Public Library in City..... No
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 25
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 2

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 0
Middle / Jr. High 0
Trade & Tech Schools 0
Community College 0
Four-Year College 0
University 0
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 0
Middle / Jr. High 0
Senior High 0
Colleges 0

The first Decatur school was held in the office of the Townsite and Ferry Company with Mrs. C.D. Canfield as the teacher. Mrs. Samuels, mother of Frank and Jesse James, taught one term of school in Decatur in 1862. A frame building was later erected and used until 1875. A larger two-story brick building, with a seventy-foot belfry, was built in 1875. The school bell from this building was preserved and used through the years and is now placed in front of the present school. In 1903, a two-story frame building was constructed on the present school site, and used until 1935. The present school building was erected in 1936, to which a larger gymnasium and lunch room facility were added in 1972. In 1984 the schools of Lyons, Neb., and Decatur were consolidated. Decatur students are bussed to Lyons.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....6
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....5
Public Swimming Pool(s).....4
Public Park(s).....9
Public Camp Ground(s).....4
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....0.1 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Outdoor recreation is a popular draw to the Decatur area with hunting and fishing of just about any species. Pheasants, quail, dove, turkey, ducks, geese, deer, squirrel, and rabbit are abundant with liberal limits for any hunter. The Missouri River provides year round fishing with the primary target being "Missouri River Trout" -- better known as "Carp." Decatur Lake, just off the east end of the famous dry land bridge, provides excellent bullhead fishing as well as many of the other species of fish. The Decatur Marina is a popular resort in the summer months and provides recreation for many visitors. North Park located on Broadway Avenue and Fifth Street provides playground equipment, picnic areas and public restrooms. Beck Memorial Park located north of Eleventh Street and east of Elm Creek has playground equipment, picnic areas, a ballfield, public restrooms, a fish cleaning station, and a boat dock. Mike Farber Memorial Park is a ballfield that is south of Beck Memorial Park.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1

Decatur residents can chose from three different hospitals. Burgess Health Center is located in Onawa, Iowa and is 10 miles away. They also have a satellite facility in Decatur with business hours of Tuesdays from 1:30-5:30 p.m. The next hospital is 21 miles away and is located in Oakland, Ne. The final hospital is PHS Indian Memorial Hospital located 23 miles away in Winnebago, NE.

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

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......8
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......26

Number of Protestant Churches.......4
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Total Number of Rooms Available.......6

Number of Banks in City.......1
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......0

Chamber of Commerce.......No

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No

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
 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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