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Laurel, Nebraska              

Date generated: 8/15/2018

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Laurel, Nebraska

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  Laurel is located in the northeastern corner of Nebraska at the junction of U.S. Highway 20 and Nebraska Highway 15 in the lush, rolling hills of Nebraska's richest farmlands. Laurel is centrally located in a tri-state area with Sioux City, Iowa, 42 miles east; Norfolk, Nebraska, 42 miles southwest; and Yankton, South Dakota, 54 miles northwest of the community.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Cedar County .......8,8528,671-2.0%
Labor Market Population1.......76,71639,528-48.5%

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......... 1,253 245 835 1,196 453 392 4,374 50.4 %
Female...... 1,109 234 772 1,166 424 592 4,297 49.6 %

Total: 2,362 479 1,607 2,362 877 984

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 44.8 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..... 3
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $150
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $400
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $300
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $100,000

Available Lots Information

Building Incentive Information

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Laurel has several large, but affordable residential lots available. There are also some nice existing homes for sale. The City of Laurel has Down Payment and Rehabilitation funding available to assist with making owning your own home a reality. Please contact Lucas Virgil at the City of Laurel, 402.256.9614.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9134,59339,903    
Total Employment.....980,6684,70541,046    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.4%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............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.....110
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 2940
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 8118

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.....1331-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1891-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5691-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....7313-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....5551-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3131-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....15694-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....3171-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13434-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....5661-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Distance to nearest public airport.....17 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,431 feet
Length of longest runway.....4,200 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....43 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 136
Kansas City International 297
Denver International 550

The Wayne Municipal Airport, managed by Becker Flying Service, is located one mile east of Wayne, NE, approximately 17 miles south of Laurel. The airport has two paved and lighted runways (4,200 feet and 3,400 feet) and a 2,000-foot turf runway. Other facilities include ground-to-air radio communication, hangars, tie-downs, nondirectional radio beacon, flight training, fuel, and maintenance. The nearest commercial air service is available at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, 43 miles east of Laurel.

City Adjoins Navigable River.....No
Length of Season.....8 months
River, Lake or Ocean.....Missouri River
Channel Depth.....9 feet
Channel Width.....300 feet
Barging Facilities.....No

Barge service is available at 10 barge terminal facilties on the Missouri River in Nebraska.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....4 weekly
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....150 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: BNSF Railway

The City of Laurel is served by BNSF Railway.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Laurel
  phone - (402) 256-3112
  website -
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Wholesale Supplier: Cedar Knox Public Power District

Additional Comments: The city of Laurel maintains backup generation capable of supplying all customers within the corporate limits. The Laurel Northwest Industrial Addition, the Tolles Industrial Park, and the West Industrial Park are all within the corporate limits.

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

Natural gas is supplied to Laurel by SourceGas Distribution, LLC, through a three-inch transmission pipeline with an operating pressure of approximately 800 pounds per square inch. As specific requirements of an industrial prospect become available, information on gas service availablity and applicable rates can be obtained from SourceGas's Service Center at (800)563-0012.

Provider.....City of Laurel
Major Source.....Wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....75 feet
Rated Capacity.....0.950 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.125 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.376 mgd
Storage Capacity.....200,000 gallons
Hardness.....390 ppm
Temperature Range.....50-55 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Water Rates (2015) Residential, Commercial & Institutional: customer charge $9 and gallon charge per 1,000 gallons of $1.75. Service connection fees: Residential tap fee of $150. Commercial and Institutional tap fee of $300.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Laurel
Type of Service.....Activated Sludge
Rated Capacity.....0.332 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.120 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.440 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Waste Water Rates (2015) - Residential & Domestic $9; Commercial $13; Institutional $73. Jan/Feb/Mar usage per 100 gallons @ $1.65. Service connection fee: Residential per connection $200; Commercial & Institutional per connection $400.

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Actual Valuation of City: $38,877,663 (year 2014)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2014
Total Real Property.......$1.5215870

Type of Government..... Mayor/City Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1997 (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..... 94 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 23
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 1
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 710

Laurel also employs 1 part-time police officer. Laurel has 10 EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) and 2 Paramedics. Laurel Fire Department provides services to the rural areas and are part of the mutual aide.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11791:12
Middle / Jr. High 11181:9
Senior High 11111:8

In 2014, Laurel-Concord Public Schools and Coleridge Community Schools consolidated as one school district called Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (LCC) Schools. The consolidation is the culmination of a decade-long partnership between the two school districts and their patrons. The former Laurel-Concord Public Schools facilities in Laurel house the central administrative offices for the new district, as well as the high school and elementary attendance centers. The former Coleridge Community Schools facility in Coleridge houses the middle school attendance center. LCC Schools is dedicated to the purpose of educating students to be responsible citizens, who can meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. Before the consolidation process and now as a unified district, LCC Schools has placed an emphasis on technology in the classroom. In 2012, the two districts partnered with Apple Inc. to provide a 1-to-1 laptop program for high school students and to provide laptop and iPad accessibility to the middle school and elementary students. The integration of cutting edge technology along with access to broadband internet has allowed LCC Schools to be a 21st Century institution that provides a 21st Century education.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....0
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....46 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Laurel is home to Cedar View Country Club, a 9-hole (par 72) public course, which is where PGA Golfer Mark Calcavechia learned to play. The Laurel Municipal Pool boasts a water slide, diving board, zero-entry wading pool, and bathhouse. The Laurel Walking Trail features nearly 2 miles of paved trails for walking, jogging, or biking. Haskell Field is located along US Highway 20 and contains the football field and track facilities for LCC Schools and the community. The Laurel Baseball Field is located at 4th and Cedar Streets, while the Laurel Softball Field is located at 3rd and Spruce Streets. The Laurel City Park is located at 3rd and Cedar Streets and hosts multiple community events, including Ag Days; has playground equipment, a picnic shelter, a stage, camper pads, and a bathhouse; and is home to two historic buildings. The Laurel Lions Club Park is located near the Laurel Municipal Pool and has playground equipment, an outdoor basketball court, camping areas, and picnic shelters. The LCC Schools Playground was built in 2014 and has playground equipment for toddlers and youth, has an outdoor basketball court, and is adjacent to the Laurel Walking Trail. The Laurel Community Fitness Center is located within LCC Schools and features treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, and an indoor basketball court. The Laurel Recreation Board provides various youth activities all year including baseball, softball, football, volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....1
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....1
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....11
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....0

Laurel Family Medicine is staffed by one family-practice physician and is operated as a satellite clinic from Faith Regional Physicians Services of Norfolk, NE. In 2015, Laurel Family Medicine began operating at a brand-new facility on Main Street. Hillcrest Care Center is a 41-bed nursing home certified for Medicare and Medicaid. Adjoining the nursing home is an accredited assisted living unit with ten apartments and a community room. Laurel has an EMT squad made up of volunteers from the community. Providence Medical Center in Wayne is a 25-bed acute hospital with 24-hour emergency room service. Providence Physical Therapy Clinic has a facility in Laurel offering physical, occupational, and aquatic therapy with a full time staff. In 2013, AC Chiropractic began operating on Main Street offering chiropractic care. Main Street Apothecary is a full-service locally-owned pharmacy affiliated with Health Mart Pharmacy.

Machine Shops in City.......2
Tool & Die Services in City.......0
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......3

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......0

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......6
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......150

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

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......2
Total Number of Rooms Available.......28

Number of Banks in City.......2Assets: $97,000,000
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......1Assets: $26,000,000

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

Laurel's full-time Economic Development Coordinator works with the Chamber.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....2
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....31


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:LCC Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 70   (Male: 0   Female: 0)
Year Established:1900
Products/Service:K-12 Education
#2.Business Name:Hillcrest Care Center
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 64    
Year Established:1978
Products/Service:Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility
#3.Business Name:Security Bank
Service Sector: Financial Activities
Employment Number: Total: 41    
Year Established:1927
Products/Service:Financial Institution with 5 locations in the region. The Laurel Branch serves as the corporate headquarters.
#4.Business Name:Laurel Feed & Grain/Erwin Trucking
Service Sector: Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities
Employment Number: Total: 25    
Year Established:1946
Products/Service:Financial Institution
#5.Business Name:Giant Gear USA
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 24    
Year Established:2006
Products/Service:Production of high-quality, logoed automotive accessories, i.e. mud flaps & floor mats.
#6.Business Name:Sonlite Express, Inc.
Service Sector: Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities
Employment Number: Total: 20    
Year Established:1985
Products/Service:OTR trucking company covering all 48 contiguous states, specializes in Ag commodities.
#7.Business Name:Grossenburg Implement
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 13    
Products/Service:Family-owned John Deere dealership, service shop, and parts outlet.
#8.Business Name:Hansen Repair/The Parts House
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 11    
Year Established:1977
Products/Service:Repair shop and parts outlet that covers Ag, Auto, & Diesel.
#9.Business Name:Agrex Inc.
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 10    
Year Established:2014
Products/Service:Grain merchandiser with a 110 railcar shuttle loop and 2.5 million bushel storage capacity.
#10.Business Name:City of Laurel
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 9    
Year Established:1893
Products/Service:Municipal government services; utilities services (water, sewer & electric); & economic development services.


Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
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Our Community: Laurel, Nebraska is a peaceful farming community located in the Northeast region of the state. Home to nearly 1,000 residents, Laurel is a community full of active and dedicated citizens. Laurel has witnessed the continued development of the Norris property. With the help of the entire community, our city is taking great pride in our achivements. Exciting progress has been made in Laurel recently as the community teamed with Laurel High School to construct the Community Learning Center complete with computer lab, distance learning facility, and a vast amount of educational resources. A public exercise complex was also established to provide exceptional equipment for high school athletes and community members alike. Thank you for viewing our community profile. Please contact us, if you would like additional information on Laurel.

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City of Laurel - Explains our community and what we have to offer. @
Visit Laurel, NE - A supplementary website for the Laurel Q125 Celebration. @
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Schools @
Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development Certified Community Listing @
Nebraska Public Power District Economic Development - Community Database @
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Lucas R. Virgil
Economic Development Coordinator
101 West 2nd St.
PO Box 248
Laurel, Nebraska 68745
Fax:(402) 256-9120
 Mark McCoy
City Administrator
101 West 2nd St.
PO Box 248
Laurel, Nebraska 68745
Fax:(402) 256-9120
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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