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Niobrara, Nebraska              

Date generated: 6/24/2017


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Niobrara, Nebraska

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  Niobrara is in the north-eastern part of Nebraska right on the boarder to South Dakota. Niobrara is a small, progressive town. It is the headquarters for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and home of Niobrara State Park. Native Americans gave the town its name, which means "running water".

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General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2015
    Change
Niobrara.......370350-5.4%
Knox County .......8,7018,543-1.8%
Labor Market Population1.......82,67543,048-47.9%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2016. City populations estimated to be released July 2016.

County Age Distribution (2015) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 1,139 192 795 1,176 490 401 4,193 49.1 %
Female...... 1,137 191 727 1,147 495 653 4,350 50.9 %

Total: 1,727 383 1,522 2,323 985 1,054

Median Age (2015):     State 36.3 years       County 46.1 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2016.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 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..... 1
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $300
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $300
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $30,000

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Nebraska
State
(2014)
Knox
County
(2015)
Area
Labor Force
(2015)1
Labor Force.....1,020,9134,61741,941    
Total Employment.....980,6684,76843,104    
Unemployment.....40,2481511,163    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.2%2.8%    

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
Percentile
Median 90th
Percentile
Accountants and Auditors$18.43$27.87$46.55
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.95$15.07$20.56
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$11.32$18.31$33.08
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$10.19$15.12$21.74
Civil Engineers$18.88$42.91$50.70
Computer Operators$11.00$16.99$27.02
Computer Programmers$13.63$30.46$44.83
Computer Systems Analysts$23.94$35.56$49.90
Customer Service Representatives$9.38$13.67$22.31
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.87$17.12$22.99
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$12.96$16.15$20.38
Data Entry Keyers$10.88$14.82$21.43
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.57$19.33$24.57
Driver/Sales Workers$9.62$15.32$26.45
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$16.77$22.50$33.31
Electrical Engineers$25.02$39.03$54.08
Electricians$13.88$19.68$29.09
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.87$15.27$19.60
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.19$18.96$27.93
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$8.63$9.79$13.54
Industrial Engineers$25.09$35.20$53.58
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$14.47$19.40$26.22
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.07$15.80$19.58
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$9.97$13.92$18.70
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.67$20.23$24.62
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.29$14.59$32.90
Machinists$10.42$18.22$24.67
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$12.65$18.99$25.13
Mechanical Engineers$25.06$33.22$47.12
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.10$28.52$37.68
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$15.11$21.52$28.35
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$12.87$18.75$24.39
Nursing Assistants$10.29$12.57$17.56
Office Clerks, General$8.81$12.03$18.54
Orderlies$9.12$11.73$15.63
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.90$12.86$15.72
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.34$13.09$17.92
Registered Nurses$20.74$27.38$36.82
Retail Salespersons$8.53$10.62$20.39
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.70$14.24$19.14
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.38$15.47$20.51
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.68$10.26$17.48
Telemarketers$8.44$9.56$13.97
Tool and Die Makers$17.67$24.20$30.31
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.27$17.47$23.09
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$14.35$17.56$19.67

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Fourth Quarter 2016.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

For information on regional employement opportunities, please contact the Village Clerk, Robert Olson, at 402-857-3565


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Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
FederalStateCounty
INTERSTATE Hwys.....0
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....042
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I-29100
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....8175

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:
Destination
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Railroad
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....186N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....212N/A1 Day
Chicago.....621N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....812N/A2-3 days
Denver.....556N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....368N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1567N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....367N/A1-2 days
New York.....1395N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....620N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....30 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,673 feet
Length of longest runway.....2,700 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....No
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....95 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 190
Kansas City International 351
Denver International 549

The Bloomfield Municipal Airport, 30 minutes southwest of Niobrara, has a 2,700-foot paved and lighted runway, tie downs, hangars, telephone, and fuel. Four private planes are hangared there. The nearest point of scheduled air services is at Yankton, South Dakota, 45 miles. United Express serves Yankton with two flights daily to Minneapolis. The Karl Stefan Memorial Airport in Norfolk, 75 miles, provides air freight, air express, and passenger services. Supplementary all-cargo service (air/truck) is available with departures daily. The Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, 95 miles east of Niobrara, is served by two commercial carriers with 13 departures daily.

Barge:

The Sioux City River Port is 95 miles east of Niobrara. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains 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 alfalfa pellets, cement, concrete forms, distillers' dried grain, feed, feed ingredients, fertilizer, grain, machinery, molasses, newsprint, nitrogen fertilizer solution, propylene gycol, rock-aggregate, salt, steel, and twine.

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....No



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Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: North Central Public Power District
  phone - (800) 578-1060
  website - www.ncppd.com
  email - ncentral@ncppd.net

Wholesale Supplier: North Central Public Power District

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....No
Supplier in Community.....N & B Gas Company

Verdigre, NE - Phone # 402-668-2627

Water:
Provider.....Village of Niobrara
Major Source.....Well
Treated.....No

Phone # 402-857-3565

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....J & J Sanitation
Type of Service.....private
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Village charges sewer connection fees

Telecommunications:
Name of Local Service Provider.....Great Plains Com. / Bloomnet



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Actual Valuation of City: $7,290,828 (year 2001)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2001
City.......$0.4407300
County.......$0.2368900
School.......$1.4065230
Other.......$0.0351200



top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... Village Board
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1983 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
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..... 99 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 40
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 0
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 77


top of page EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 1701:10
Middle / Jr. High 1221:2
Senior High 1591:4
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 Niobrara attendance center presently enrolls approximately 160 students in grades K-12. There are currently two full-time administrators, 20 certified employees, and 14 classified staff members providing support service. With an abundance of quality instructors, the low student/teacher ration (8:1) provides local students individualized instruction and attention resulting in higher student achievement. Niobrara Public Schools recently received "exemplary" ratings for the Nebraska Department of Education for their assessment process. Students also received "very high" ratings for the results of their reading and writing assessments. Many of the employees are life-long residents of Northeast Nebraska and their Niobrara area. These roots to the area provide a solid foundation for a quality educational delivery system.


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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).....2
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....6
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....5 mile(s)
Camping.....Yes
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

The Niobrara and Missouri River are available for boating, swimming, fishing, etc. The Niobrara State Park is only one mile from Niobara and is filled with activites such as swimming, horse back riding, camping, hiking, sand volleyball, river rafting, and many others.


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Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....2
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....2
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....0
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....3
Veterinarian(s).....0

Niobrara has two outpatient clinics: Niobrara Medical Clinic and Yankton Medical Clinic. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Health and Wellness Center is also in Niobrara. Niobrara has 911 access.

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

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

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......3
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......90

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

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......2
Total Number of Rooms Available.......15

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

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


top of page LOCAL MANUFACTURING CHARACTERISTICS
Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....0
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0


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Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Moody Motor
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 23   (Male: 16   Female: 7)
Unions:No
Products/Service:Ford Franchise
 
#2.Business Name:Trustworthy Hardware
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 2   (Male: 1   Female: 1)
Year Established:1982
Unions:No
Products/Service:Hardware Store
 
#3.Business Name:Farmers and Merchants State Bank
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 5   (Male: 1   Female: 4)
Unions:No
Products/Service:Bank
 
#4.Business Name:J & K Auto
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 2   (Male: 1   Female: 1)
Year Established:1989
Unions:No
Products/Service:Mechanic Work/Gas Station
 
#5.Business Name:Niobrara State Park
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 28   (Male: 14   Female: 14)
Unions:No
Products/Service:State Park/Recreation
 
#6.Business Name:Jones Celluar One Communications
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 1   (Male: 1   Female: 0)
Year Established:2001
Products/Service:Cell Phones
 
#7.Business Name:Ponca Tribe
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 16   (Male: 5   Female: 11)
Unions:No
Products/Service:Government
 
#8.Business Name:Village of Niobrara
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 4   (Male: 3   Female: 1)
Unions:No
Products/Service:Government
 
#9.Business Name:Niobrara Public Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 38   (Male: 8   Female: 30)
Unions:Yes
Products/Service:Education
 
#10.Business Name:Farniks Grocery Store
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 7   (Male: 2   Female: 5)
Unions:No
Products/Service:Grocery Store
 


top of page INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS
Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No


top of page INDUSTRIAL SITES
Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No


top of page COMMUNITY NOTES
Our Community: The Population of Niobrara is 379 people. It is located in Knox County and has famous sights around it such as the historic Lewis & Clark Trail and the "Outlaw Trail" Nebraska Highway 12.

Suggested Sites:
The historical Lewis & Clark Trail @ www.niobrarane.com/trail.htm
The Ponca Tribe @ www.niobrarane.com/history1.htm#Ponca
Chief Standing Bear @ net.unl.edu/swi/guide/stbear.html
L'Eau Qui Court Cemetery @ www.niobrarane.com/history1.htm#Cemetery
Niobrara State Park @ www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks/showpark.ihtml
 
Local
Development
Contact:
Linda Leader
Niobrara Public Library
254-14 Park Avenue
Niobrara, Nebraska 68760
Phone:(402) 857-3565
Fax:(402) 857-3824
Email: niolib1@gpcom.net
Website: www.niobrarane.com
 Thomas L. Higginbotham Jr.
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District
111 South 1st Street
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Phone:(402) 379-1150
Fax:(402) 379-9207
Email: thomash@nenedd.org
Website: www.nenedd.org
 
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
Email:
courtney.dentlinger@nebraska.gov
Website: www.NebraskaAdvantage.org
 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
Email: econdev@nppd.com
Website: econdev.nppd.com

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