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Leigh, Nebraska              

Date generated: 3/19/2018

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Leigh, Nebraska

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  Leigh is located in Colfax County in northeast Nebraska. Nebraska Highways 15 and 91 serve the community. Leigh is 86 miles northwest of Omaha and 90 miles southwest of Sioux City, Iowa.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Colfax County .......10,51510,414-1.0%
Labor Market Population1.......123,886124,0820.2%

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......... 1,745 358 1,328 1,309 377 270 5,387 51.7 %
Female...... 1,694 273 1,197 1,142 331 390 5,027 48.3 %

Total: 3,439 631 2,525 2,451 708 660

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 34.2 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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Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $350
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $307

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In 1999 L&S Housing, Inc. built an eight-unit facility at a cost of approximately $450,000. It contains laundry facilities and a community meeting room.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9135,45064,344    
Total Employment.....980,6685,59766,316    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.6%3.1%    

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.....010
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 2975
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 81

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....89N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....100N/A1 Day
Chicago.....536N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....677N/A2-3 days
Denver.....505N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....276N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1516N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....373N/A1-2 days
New York.....1309N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....527N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

East-west Nebraska Highway 91 serves Leigh. There are no local road restrictions on this highway. North-south U.S. Highway 81, 14 miles west, is a soon-to-be completed four-lane expressway system designated to Nebraska Department of Roads. Interstate 80 is 77 miles south of Leigh and Interstate 29 is 75 miles east. Arrow Stage Line provides one bus in Columbus, 27 miles south of Leigh, with daily passenger and package service to Norfolk and Omaha. Interconnections are made at Omaha to major cities in the United States. Charter services are also available.

Distance to nearest public airport.....27 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,443 feet
Length of longest runway.....5,500 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....86 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 93
Kansas City International 259
Denver International 498

The Columbus Municipal Airport, 27 miles southwest of Leigh, has a 5,500-foot hard-surfaced lighted runway and a 4,400-foot turf runway utilized by both commercial and private aircraft. Karl Stefan Memorial Airport at Norfolk, 32 miles northwest of Leigh, has two 5,000-foot hardsurfaced and lighted runways.


Barge service is availabe on the Missouri River, at Blair, 100 miles east of Leigh. The river port is navigable approximately eight months per year.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 27 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....60
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....86 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Union Pacific Railroad
Nebraska Central Railroad

The Union Pacific Railroad serves both Columbus and Schuyler, 27 miles south of Leigh, with 60 trains daily. The Nebraska Central Railroad serves Columbus as well as Norfolk, 30 miles northwest, and Humphrey, 13 miles west. Amtrack provides Omaha, 86 miles southwest, with rail passenger service east to Chicago and west to Denver and San Francisco/Oakland.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Village of Leigh
  phone - (402) 487-3303
  website -
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: Loup Public Power District
  phone - (402) 564-3171
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Loup Power District, a wholesale power customer of Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), is a full-service, public power electric utility in eastern-central Nebraska. Headquartered in Columbus, Neb., Loup's service area covers approximately 2,028 square miles. The District maintains 780 miles of transmission and distribution lines and has been generating electric power since March 5, 1937. Total population within Loup's service area is approximately 50,000. Loup purchases, sells and delivers approximately 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of electric power annually to wholesale and retail customers across a service area that spans four counties entirely and parts of three others. Loup promotes the economic and industrial development of its service area. For further specifics on your project needs, please contact David Bell, Vice President of Development-Marketing, by calling 402-564-3171 ext. 257.

Additional Comments: Loup Power District, a wholesale power customer of Nebraska Public Power District, provides electric service to the four-county area of Platte, Nance, Boone, and Colfax counties and is the wholesale provider for the village of Leigh. Cornhusker Public Power District serves the rural areas surrounding Leigh.

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

Provider.....Village of Leigh
Major Source.....Wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....259 feet
Rated Capacity.....0.906 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.045 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.324 mgd
Storage Capacity.....474,000 gallons
Hardness.....408 ppm
Temperature Range.....50-60 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system in Leigh is supplied by two cells with an average depth of 259 feet. Groundwater is available for industrial uses.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Leigh
Type of Service.....Sanitary Sewage System
Rated Capacity.....0.200 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.045 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.200 (mgd)

Leigh has a municipal sanitary sewage system and a storm sewer system. The lagoon-type system with a lift station has a daily capacity of 200,000 gallons.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Citizens Communications

Citizens Communications serves customers in the Leigh area with digital technology fed by fiber optics. Installation and maintenance personnel are located in Leigh. Local internet service is provided by Community Internet Services, Columbus, Nebraska. For more information, call (402) 562-5904 or visit

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Actual Valuation of City: $9,734,085

Type of Government..... Village Board
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 100 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 28
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 1
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 88

Colfax County has 12 townships and is governed by three county commissioners elected by popular vote for four-year terms. The village of Leigh is governed by a Board of Trustees who are elected at large. Fire protection is provided in the community by a 28-member volunteer fire department. Fire protection is also provided in the rural area by the Leigh Rural Fire District. Leigh has 34 fire hydrants. Leigh employs one full-time and and two part-time policemen and nine support personnel. Equipment in the department includes fully equipped police car, shotgun, pistol, uniforms, office files and supplies, finger printing equipment, and camera.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11421:17
Senior High 11601:11

School District No. 39 in Colfax, Platte, and Stanton counties cover 80.7 square miles. The new elementary school, with a maximum capacity of 210, was built in 1999. The junior-senior high school was built in 1917 with an addition in 1954 and has a maximum capacity of 210. Vocational courses offered in the high school include Vocational Agriculture, Computer, Business, and Consumer Sciences. Evening college courses available in the community include Business, Computer, English, and Accounting. Leigh is part of Central Community College's 24 county service area. The college is governed by an 11-member Board of Governors elected by citizens of the area served. The college maintains administrative offices in Grand Island and operates campuses at Hastings, Columbus and Grand Island. In addition, the college offers college courses in more than 80 communities through Learning Centers.

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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).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....1
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....23 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

There is one park in Leigh which covers three acres. Facilities include playground equipment, camping with electric and water hookups, horseshoe court, sand volleyball court, ball field, picnic area, swimming pool, and a small fishing lake. Leigh has one unsupervised playground with slides, swings, and merry-go-round. Baseball and softball programs are offered in Leigh.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....0
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....0
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....0
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....3

Hospitals utilized by Leigh residents include the Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, 27 miles; the Schuyler Memorial Hospital in Schuyler, 27 miles; and Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, 30 miles. There are two ambulances in Leigh operated by 19 emergency medical technicians and two first responders. The ambulances are equipped with the Jaws of Life, defibrillator, and other standard equipment.

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

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......11

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......8
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......25

Number of Protestant Churches.......3
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......0

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

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


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:City Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 47   (Male: 13   Female: 34)
#2.Business Name:Cooperative Supply
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 17   (Male: 14   Female: 3)
Products/Service:Feed, fertilizer, building supplies, petroleum & TBA
#3.Business Name:Wilke Farms
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 17   (Male: 14   Female: 3)
Products/Service:Agiculture Production
#4.Business Name:Steve's Madhouse Market
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 8   (Male: 2   Female: 6)
Products/Service:Groceries & meat market
#5.Business Name:Willow Creek Farms
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 7   (Male: 5   Female: 2)
Products/Service:Agriculture Production
#6.Business Name:Bank of Leigh
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 6   (Male: 1   Female: 5)
#7.Business Name:Folken Feed Yards
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 6   (Male: 5   Female: 1)
Products/Service:Commercial Feed Lots
#8.Business Name:Hamernik Plumbing
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 5   (Male: 4   Female: 1)
#9.Business Name:Kluthe Oil, Inc.
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 5   (Male: 4   Female: 1)

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

Suggested Sites:
Welcome to Leigh, Nebraska! @
Loup Parks @
Leigh High School @
Larry Fuhr
Village of Leigh
PO Box 265
Leigh, NE 68643
 Nancy Schaad
Village of Leigh
PO Box 277
109 Short
Leigh, Nebraska 68643
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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