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Henderson, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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Henderson, Nebraska

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  Henderson, located in east central Nebraska in the southwest corner of York County, is two miles south of I-80 and seven miles south of U.S. Highway 34. It is located approximately 11 miles west of York, 35 miles east of Grand Island, 60 miles west of Lincoln and 117 miles west of Omaha.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
York County .......13,66513,7940.9%
Labor Market Population1.......79,70379,7330.0%

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......... 1,832 506 1,472 1,739 624 542 6,715 48.7 %
Female...... 1,762 446 1,580 1,823 690 778 7,079 51.3 %

Total: 3,594 952 3,052 3,562 1,314 1,320

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 41.3 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..... 2
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 1
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $56
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $350
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $140,000

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During the last five years, building permits were issued for 1 duplex and 11 single unit houses. Low cost and/or retirement housing is available in Henderson. Midtown Apartments, Henderson's public housing project, was built in 1965 at a cost of $487,000. An administration building and a community room for the residents are available. Regarding assisted living, Prairie Garden Estates, which was constructed in 1997, has four independent living cottages with a variety of services available to the residents. Rosewood Court, built in 1999, has 12 assisted living units with a capacity for 16 individuals.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9137,18141,486    
Total Employment.....980,6687,39742,706    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.9%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$14.40$20.90$40.08
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$15.93$17.76$19.59
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$11.87$16.90$26.51
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.78$15.76$22.70
Civil Engineers$29.81$44.23$51.27
Computer Operators$11.20$17.33$29.00
Computer Programmers$16.29$29.66$48.33
Computer Systems Analysts$23.81$37.91$51.01
Customer Service Representatives$9.37$13.48$20.38
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.14$15.19$19.33
Data Entry Keyers$9.28$9.42$17.03
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.41$9.86$18.35
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$15.87$31.18$46.59
Electrical Engineers$23.52$30.63$69.86
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.07$14.58$16.05
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$12.95$16.55$28.55
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.92$11.64$14.70
Industrial Engineers$31.00$42.63$63.10
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$17.19$25.72$45.09
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$12.93$15.34$19.19
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.26$16.36$22.15
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.57$11.87$19.25
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$16.65$23.60$30.86
Mechanical Engineers$26.76$38.93$57.73
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.30$27.71$36.66
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.26$19.38$24.33
Nursing Assistants$10.32$12.43$15.48
Office Clerks, General$9.39$11.89$18.22
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.45$11.15$15.96
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.64$13.03$16.22
Registered Nurses$20.78$27.47$35.08
Retail Salespersons$9.13$9.65$15.08
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.65$14.26$21.61
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$12.11$16.66$21.10
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.49$12.48$19.49
Tool and Die Makers$15.32$18.03$27.82
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$14.28$18.39$24.33
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$12.85$16.90$21.33

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

Henderson continues to have a growing population, with 988 currently residing there. After the Depression in the 1930s, activity in the community slowed. However, the character and leadership of the people of the community thrived, and Henderson began to grow again.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....1
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 802
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....Highway 81140

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.....117N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....64N/A1 Day
Chicago.....582N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....604N/A2-3 days
Denver.....429N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....254N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1443N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....492N/A1-2 days
New York.....1356N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....506N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Future highway plans include the widening of Interstate 80 to six lanes. Henderson is two miles south of east/west Interstate 80, a four-lane expressway; seven miles south of U.S. Highway 34 (east/west); ten miles north of U.S. Highway 6 (east/west); ten miles west of U.S. Highway 81 (north/south) a four-lane expressway; and ten miles east of Nebraska Highway 14 (north/south). Interstate 29 is 100 miles east of Henderson. Trucklines serving the area include Henderson Transfer, ABF Freight Carriers, Consolidated Freight and Seward Motor Freight.

Distance to nearest public airport.....16 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,803 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.....45 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 120
Kansas City International 238
Denver International 424

Henderson has a number of choices when it comes to air service. The Aurora Municipal Airport is 16 miles northwest of Henderson. It has hangar space for 28 planes and a newly installed precision approach path indicator system. The York Municipal Airport, 17 miles east of Henderson, has a 5,900-foot lighted concrete runway and a 4,700-foot turf runway. Other facilites include hangar and aircraft rental, jet and 100 low-lead fuel, aircraft maintenance, charter services and flying lessons. There are 25 private planes hangared there. US Airways provides scheduled air service at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport near Grand Island, 35 miles west. United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Allegiant Air fly out of the Lincoln Municipal Airport, 60 miles east. Passenger, air freight, and air express services are available. The Eppley Express travels from Omaha to Kearney with stops in York, Grand Island, and Lincoln airports.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 6 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....64
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

The nearest rail service is provided by the BNSF Railway Company, which runs parallel with Highway 34, located just 6 miles north of Henderson. Amtrak provides Lincoln, NE, 60 miles east of Henderson, with rail passenger service east to Chicago and west to Denver and San Francisco/Oakland. Amtrak has one train each way daily.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Perennial Public Power District
  phone - (800) 289-0288
  website -
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: Perennial Public Power District
Additional Comments: Henderson is provided retail electric service from Perennial Public Power District. A 34,500/12,500-volt substation, with a 10,500-kVA capacity, provides service to Henderson. The distribution voltage within Henderson is 12.5/7.2-kV wye. All industry-standard voltages can be provided by Perennial Power. The electric system within Henderson has ample capacity to provide service to a growing community.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Kinder Morgan Inc.

Natural gas is supplied to the community of Henderson by Kinder Morgan Inc., through a three-inch transmission pipeline, with an operating pressure of approximately 480 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 and applicable rates can be obtained from Kinder Morgan's Service Center at 1-800-563-0012.

Provider.....City of Henderson
Major Source.....Deep well
If Wells, Average Depth.....177 feet
Rated Capacity.....2,432,000.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....543,261.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....1,274,114.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....200,000 gallons
Hardness.....17 ppm
Temperature Range.....40-55 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system is supplied by two wells. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 1,270 gallons per minute. The static pressure is 56 pounds and the residual pressure is 52 pounds per square inch. Groundwater is available for industrial uses. A 12-foot well will produce 720 gallons of water per minute. The quality of water in Henderson does not necessitate a water treatment plant. The water table has not changed significantly during the past five years.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Henderson
Type of Service.....Forced main lift station and a lagoon-type treatment plant
Average Daily Demand.....100,000.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....206,000.000 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The forced main lift station, lagoon-type treatment plant, designed to handle a population of 2,000, was built in 1978. Improvements in the past two years include upgraded mains.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Mainstay Communications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....20

Telecommunication services are provided in the Henderson area by Mainstay Communications with a digital central office served by fiber and monitored on site. Long distance is provided from 20 long-distance carries. ISDN, ADSL, and DSL are available from this switch. Dual feed from two separate switching offices is available. Diverse routing available through links only. Internet access is also provided by Mainstay Communications in Henderson.

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Actual Valuation of City: $38,977,389 (year 2006)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2006
Total Real Property.......$2.4983440

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2006
General Obligation.........$2,864,350.00

A 1.5 percent city sales tax is imposed in Henderson.

Type of Government..... Second class city
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1997 (year)
City Manager..... No
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..... 25
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 1
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 88

Municipal officials are elected at large. The city clerk/treasurer is appointed. The fire department also provides protection to rural areas around the city limits, and is a member of the York County Mutual Aid. Henderson employs one full-time policeman. The York County Sheriff's Department employs nine sworn officers and six support personnel. The department has eight marked cruisers, communications equipment and other standard law enforcement equipment. Regular patrol by the police and sheriff's departments provide protection to existing industries. Henderson has 26.35 miles of streets, 25 miles of which are hard-surfaced with asphalt and concrete. All hard-surfaced streets have curbs and 90 percent have sidewalks. Local load restrictions include a designated truck route.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11111:12
Senior High 11391:12

The communities of Henderson, Bradshaw, and Lushton are served by the Heartland Community School District, which covers 155 square miles. Students attend the Henderson location, two miles south of Bradshaw. The district covers 155 square miles and has an actual valuation of $278,374,793. The 2006-2007 school operating budget is $4,474,326, with an average cost per pupil of $13,200. The maximum capacity of the elementary school is 225. The senior high school has a maximum capacity of 250. The school district provides handicapped students with educational opportunities that best meet their individual educational plan. Opportunities for higher education and continuing education in the county are available at York College, a 4-year private liberal arts college located in the city of York. Other colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius include: Central Community College, Concordia University, Doane College, Hastings College, Southeast Community College, and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....2
Public Tennis Court(s).....7
Public Swimming Pool(s).....2
Public Park(s).....7
Public Camp Ground(s).....5
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....0 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

Henderson has two city parks covering 56 acres. Park facilities include a heated swimming pool, playground equipment, picnic tables in three lighted picnic shelters, covered band shelter, lighted tennis courts, rest rooms, sand volleyball courts and two baseball fields. There are three playgrounds in Henderson with standard playground equipment, restrooms, park benches, picnic tables and shelters. The city employs two part-time recreation directors.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....13
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....4
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....0

Henderson Health Care Services Inc., built in 1974, is a 13-bed acute and skilled-care critical access hospital. The hospital is Medicare and Medicaid certified. Some of the services include 24-hour emergency room coverage, coronary care unit, outpatient surgery, surgical unit, obstetrical unit and pediatric care. Henderson Family Care is a physicians' clinic attached to the hospital. Constructed in 2003, the clinic has 10 exam rooms and houses the business offices for the entire medical complex. Services include physical, speech and occupational therapy, ultrasounds, CAT scans, mammography and bone densitometry. The specialty clinic is staffed by physicians from surrounding communities. These specialties include cardiology, urology, OB/GYN, orthopedics, and general surgery.

Machine Shops in City.......3
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......0

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......2

Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......33

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

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......1
Total Number of Rooms Available.......34

Number of Banks in City.......2

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

The Henderson News, with 800 subscribers, is the local weekly newspaper. The community is also serviced by a daily newspaper, the York News-Times, that regularly covers the Henderson community. Two radio stations, KAWL and KTMX, both located in York, serve the Henderson community as well. Cornerstone Bank has an office in Henderson and a new facility was recently completed for Henderson State Bank, which sits prominently in the center of the downtown area.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....12
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....73

The following manufacturers are located in Henderson: Buller Built Inc., Custom Wood Products, Dart Custom Printing, FSH Inc., HR Engineering, Henderson Meat Processors, Henderson Metal Products, Hiebner's Welding, Kroy Industries, Northern Pump & Irrigation, and Service Press.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Henderson Health Care Services
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 101    
#2.Business Name:Heartland Community Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 89    
#3.Business Name:Circle Five Cattle Company
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 21   (Male: 19   Female: 2)
#4.Business Name:Northern Agri-Services, Inc.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 18   (Male: 14   Female: 4)
Products/Service:Irrigation, grain and hot equipment, and parts
#5.Business Name:Henderson Community Cooperative
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 15   (Male: 10   Female: 5)
Products/Service:Ag Supply/Service, convenience store
#6.Business Name:Grace Children's Home
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 14   (Male: 7   Female: 7)
Products/Service:Residential youth facility
#7.Business Name:Service Press
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 12   (Male: 4   Female: 8)
Products/Service:Printing, media
#8.Business Name:Mainstay Communications
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 12   (Male: 4   Female: 8)

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......3
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes

One available industrial building is 14,040 square feet, located at 909 North Main Street. There are two other industrial buildings available - one is 4,000 square feet (office with loading docks) while the other is 5,000 square feet(warehouse).

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes

Ten acres of land are available for an industrial site. It is located in the North Industrial Park, which is zoned for heavy industry. It is currently vacant.

Our Community: Henderson is a unqiue community which has always been economically progressive. The original Mennonite settlers who migrated from Russia to Henderson brought with them a strong work ethic and excellent farming skills. The local economy is mostly agriculturally based, serving the needs of the surrounding farming communities. Henderson was one of the pioneers in the irrigation industry, and the sale and manufacturing of irrigation products play a significant role in the agri-business economy. Henderson's thriving economy is evidenced by a fully occupied Main Street business district. A large locally owned bank, a community-owned medical clinic, a new youth cottage, and public aquatic center were completed in 2003. Mainstay Communications, the community-owned telecommunication company, has recently expanded their high-speed Internet service to the rural areas.

Suggested Sites:
York County Development Corporation @
York County Visitors Bureau @
Connie Brown
City of Henderson
(402) 723-5782
Henderson, NE 68371
Phone:(402) 723-5782
Fax:(402) 723-5785
 Kelsey Bergen
Henderson Chamber of Commerce
1044 N Main Street
PO Box 225
Henderson, NE 68371
Phone:(402) 723-4228
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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