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McCool Junction, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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McCool Junction, Nebraska

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  McCool Junction is located eight miles south of York, along Highway 81. It is just slightly over 50 minutes away from Lincoln and Grand Island, via Interstate 80 (which is located eight miles north).

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
McCool Junction.......4094100.2%
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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Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $350

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As of 2000, there were 164 houses in McCool Junction, with 158 occupied, 114 owner occupied, and 44 renter occupied. The average house has 6-7 rooms, with the majority of the homes built in the 1970s, with approximately 15 built since 1990. The median house value is $51,300.

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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

McCool Junction, with a population of more than 300, continues to grow as new and renovated housing numbers are increasing. A readily available workforce can be found in the McCool Junction area, where good work ethics can be found, as well as an interest in continued improvement to what residents find to be a high quality of life.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....010
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....002
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 808
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....Highway 810

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.....108N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....55N/A1 Day
Chicago.....572N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....583N/A2-3 days
Denver.....444N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....246N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1456N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....483N/A1-2 days
New York.....1346N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....498N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

The construction of the new four-lane Highway 81 has been completed around the McCool area, as a new bypass was included. This bypass rerouted traffic around the village, rather than through as it had been previously - which now allows for easy access to the expressway, while at the same time uninterrupted travel for motorists. The village of McCool is highly visible from the expressway, which prompts travelers to visit. The village is also eight miles south of Interstate 80. Future plans are to expand the interstate to six lanes.

Distance to nearest public airport.....11 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,620 feet
Length of longest runway.....5,900 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....50 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 112
Kansas City International 229
Denver International 437

The York Municipal Airport has hangar space available for rent/storage, courtesy car service, maintenance services for aircraft, and flight instruction. Many local companies access the newly-expanded airport, with a number of corporate planes flying in each year. A number of private planes are housed at the airport, and it is used as a fueling station for a number of entities (including the Nebraska State Patrol). Fuel (both 100LL and Jet) are available for purchase. McCool Junction is also 50 miles from two commercial airports - the Lincoln Airport and the Central Nebraska Regional Airport (located in Grand Island). The Lincoln Airport is served by Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. The Central Nebraska Airport is served by the US Airways.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 11 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....64
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

McCool Junction is located 11 miles from the BNSF Railroad which runs east/west through York.

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

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

Propane service is provided through the Farmer's Cooperative of Dorchester in McCool Junction, Sapp Brothers Petroleum and United Farmers Cooperative in York.

Provider.....Village of McCool Junction
Major Source.....2 deep wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....130 feet
Rated Capacity.....1,684,000.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....30,000.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....420,000.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....100,000 gallons
Hardness.....220 ppm
Temperature Range.....50-62 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Ninety-six percent of the McCool Junction population is served from city wells. With both pumps together, pumping capacity is 1,100 gallons per minute. The static pressure is 58-74. Ground water is available for industrial uses, but depends on the requirements and regulations through the Department of Environmental Quality. The water table has not changed within the past 5 years with in the village of McCool Junction. The quality of the water is excellent and does not require a water treatment system.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of McCool Junction
Type of Service.....Total retention lagoon
Rated Capacity.....52,000.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....27,500.000 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Residential customers pay a flat $15 pre montly fee for sewerabe. Commercial and residential customers are charged $15 for the first 4,000 gallons and $1.45 per 1,000 gallons in excess of 4,000 gallons per month.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Windstream

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Actual Valuation of City: $11,463,376 (year 2009)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2009
Total Real Property.......$1.9273110

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2006
General Obligation.........$338,590.00

Type of Government..... Village Board of Trustees
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1999 (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..... No
Percent of Streets Paved..... 59 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 16
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 0

The Village of McCool Junction is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees which meets the first Monday of the month. The trustees are divided into committees: streets and alleys, finance and health. The Village Planning Commission meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the village office. The zoning administrator is Jim Green. In the area of law enforcement, the Village of McCool Junction is served by the York County Sheriff's Department, which has nine sworn officers and 15 support personnel. The sheriff's department is located eight miles from McCool Junction, in York. The department also houses the York County Jail which has a maximum capacity of 34 inmates. The sheriff's department utilizes eight vehicles, which have indoor and outdoor parking areas at the facility. The vehicles are equipped with recently upgraded onboard cameras and state-of-the-art breathalyzer/testing equipment. All law enforcement personnel are equipped with bullet-proof gear and and carry state-of-the-art weaponry. Members of the sheriff's department have been extensively trained in drug awareness and enforcement, handling HAZ MAT scenes, situations and products, interrogation and many other areas. McCool Junction is also served by Troop C of the Nebraska State Patrol, which is headquartered in Grand Island. McCool Junction has a volunteer fire department and a team of First Responders. They are also served through mutual aid from neighboring communities (Henderson, York, Waco, Fairmont and others). Emergency ambulance transport is provided by the York Fire and Rescue Squad.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11181:11
Middle / Jr. High 1331:9
Senior High 1971:9

McCool Junction's Public School is a K-12 facility which continues to grow, now having 248 students. The elementary school was built in 1965, with the junior/senior high facility constructed in 1916. Operating expenses in 2006 were $1,760,000, which is an average cost of $7,486 per student. Eighty percent of the McCool Junction high school students take the ACT Test, with an average score of 21. Eighty-eight percent of graduating seniors attend college, with the remaining 12 percent entering the labor market. Vocational classes are offered at the high school. McCool Junction is 31 minutes from Southeast Community College in Milford, 45 minutes from the Southeast campus in Lincoln, 45 minutes from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 25 minutes from the Concordia Lutheran College, 45 minutes from Hamilton College in Lincoln and 45 minutes from Central Community College in Grand Island. It is also eight minutes from York College, a private four-year institution that is affiliated with the Church of Christ and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....0
Private Golf Course(s).....4
Public Tennis Court(s).....15
Public Swimming Pool(s).....3
Public Park(s).....10
Public Camp Ground(s).....3
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....8 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

McCool Junction's downtown park is often the site of many outdoor events in the community, which is located next to the historic town hall. McCool Junction also offers one of the hottest attractions in the state, with the newly constructed Junction Motor Speedway. The speedway offers high-speed dirt track racing at a facility built in 2003. The privately-owned speedway, which employs a number of people from the area, draws participants and spectators from around the nation during the season (which spans from April through October). McCool is eight miles from York, where a number of recreational options may be found - a movie theater, skating rink, new family aquatic center, a number of tennis courts and parks, Recharge Lake (for fishing, picnicing, hiking), the York County Fairgrounds, the York Country Club and more.

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).....0
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....0

McCool Junction is eight miles south of York, where a hospital, medical clinic, and state-of-the-art nursing home facility are located. York General Health Care Services provides a continuum of health care services designed to meet the needs of York area residents. York General Hospital is a 25-bed facility providing surgical services, obstetrics, emergency services, pulmonary services, oncology, cardiac rehab, radiology lab and other diagnostic services, “swing beds,” and rehabilitation services. In addition to the local staff of a general surgeon, family practice physicians, and physician assistants, 30 to 40 specialty physicians from the area provide service through the York General Specialty Clinic and York General Hospital. York General Medical Clinic and York General Wellness Center are located adjacent to the hospital. York General West View Medical Building houses York General Dialysis Services, York General Home Health Care, York General Child Care, and serves as the location for the sleep studies performed by the Pulmonary Services Department of York General Hospital. York General Assisted Living and York General Hearthstone provide living options for those in need of assistance or complete care in their living arrangements. McCool Junction is also 13 miles from Henderson, which has a hospital, medical clinic, and nursing home facility. 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 an obstetrical unit and pediatric care. Henderson Family Care is a physician's clinic attached to the hospital. Constructed in 2003, the clinic has 10 exam rooms and houses the business officers for the entire medical complex. Services include physical, speech and occupational therapy, ultrasounds, CAT scans, mammography, and bone densitometry. The specialty clinic has staffed physicians from surrounding communities. These specialties include cardiology, urology, OB/GYN, orthopedics, and general surgery. Henderson is also the home of an assisted living facility. McCool Junction is 16 miles from Geneva, which is the site of the Fillmore County Hospital.

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

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......5
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......208

Number of Protestant Churches.......2
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
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

McCool Junction has a Community Improvement Foundation and is served by the York County Development Corporation, which works to promote business and industry in York County. The McCool area is served by a daily newspaper, the York News-Times (based in York), as well as their own monthly newsletter, "The Blue River Ripple." The village is also served by two local radio stations (also out of York), which are KAWL and KTMX. Four television stations carry news from this particular area - KOLN/KGIN, KLKN, KETV and KHAS. Churches in McCool include the First Evangelical Lutheran, St. Patrick's Catholic and the United Methodist Church.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....4
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....28

McCool Junction has historically had an agriculture-based economy. But in the past five years, two new businesses have contributed to the tax base. The Junction Motor Speedway was built just west of the village, which was later annexed into the municipality. The speedway brings in large numbers of participants and spectators on a weekly basis, from April through October. It also employs a large number of people from the area. Another new business, Kerry's Bar and Grill, is a new establishment that employs a number of area residents and brings people into McCool Junction from neighboring communities. The Stone Creek Event Center completed in the fall of 2005, provides a great location for area events including banquets, receptions, and other special events.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Farmers Cooperative
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 9   (Male: 5   Female: 4)
Products/Service:Agricultural products, grain elevator
#2.Business Name:Junction Motor Speedway
Service Sector: Services
Year Established:2003
Products/Service:Race track
#3.Business Name:Kerry's Bar and Grill
Service Sector: Services
Year Established:2003
Products/Service:Restaurant and bar
#4.Business Name:McCool Fertilizer
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 11   (Male: 9   Female: 2)
Year Established:1979
Products/Service:Agricultural products
#5.Business Name:Medallion Honey
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 6   (Male: 5   Female: 1)
Products/Service:Manufacturer of food product
#6.Business Name:McCool Public Schools
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 30   (Male: 10   Female: 20)
Products/Service:Education/public school
#7.Business Name:Real Cattle Company
Service Sector: Trade
Employment Number: Total: 8   (Male: 7   Female: 1)
Products/Service:Livestock production

Our Community: McCool Junction, has a population of 372, is a thriving town filled with working class individuals who are fiercely proud of their community, their school and way of life. A number of businesses may be found in the downtown area, as well as a popular restaurant on the outskirts of the village. McCool Junction avidly recruits students from outside districts to their local school while housing units continue to grow in number. A new racetrack was built in 2003, which brings thousands of visitors to the community between April and October. The town's economy remains largely agricultural, with a nice balance of commercial enterprise. The first settlers arrived in 1867 and filed homestead claims along the river. The first town platted was known as "Niota," which is now the southern part of McCool Junction. In addition to a cluster of homes, Niota had a post office, a two-story hotel, a general store and a meeting hall that billed traveling medicine shows. A flourmill was established on the river in 1873. The citizens of Niota were enthused about the coming of a railroad but were dismayed when the surveyors put the depot two blocks north of town. A new village was platted in late 1886, but, due to the severe winter weather, it was not registered until February 1887. In that transaction, Niota lost not only its town site but also its name. Renamed for the promoter and general manager of the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad, Daniel McCool, the new village was registered as "McCool." In 1887, 40 buildings were erected, and the first train arrived June 3, 1887. By June 17, the tracks were laid as far as York, linking the new town with the county seat to the north and Fairmont to the south. By 1888, a second branch line of the SJ&GI, running east and west, had been built to a junction at the south edge of town. At that time, "Junction" was added to the town's name. Many trains passed through over the years, but to everyone's dismay, lines through McCool were removed and in 1984, the last tracks were removed.

Suggested Sites:
York County Development Corporation @
York County Visitors Bureau @
Vanee Holtmeier
Village of McCool Junction
323 East M Street
McCool Junction , NE 68401
Phone:(402) 724-2525
 Lisa R. Hurley
York County Development Corporation
601 N Lincoln Avenue
York , NE  68467
Phone:(402) 362-3333
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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