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Norfolk, Nebraska              

Date generated: 8/15/2018

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Norfolk, Nebraska

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  Norfolk is located in the Elkhorn River Valley of Madison County in northeast Nebraska. Intersecting in Norfolk are U.S. Highways 81 and 275 and Nebraska Highways 24 and 35. Norfolk is 113 miles northwest of Omaha, 129 miles of northwest of Lincoln, and 83 miles southwest of Sioux City, Iowa.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Madison County .......34,87635,0150.4%
Labor Market Population1.......102,293102,005-0.3%

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......... 4,869 1,245 4,269 4,474 1,371 1,094 17,322 49.5 %
Female...... 4,736 1,164 4,158 4,500 1,514 1,621 17,693 50.5 %

Total: 9,605 2,409 8,427 8,974 2,885 2,715

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 37.5 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..... 84
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 5
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $90
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $650
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $595
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $110,010

Available Lots Information

Building Incentive Information

External Links
   -   Norfolk Housing Agency

Norfolk has the following low cost and/or retirement housing available: Meadow Ridge, Westport, Odd Fellow Rebekah Manor, Cimarron Apartments, Woodwinds Apartments, Greenland Village, Lakewood Apartments, North Park Apartments, Meadow Ridge Estates, and Improved Living, Inc. The Norfolk Housing Agency has a Housing Choice Voucher program for 254 elderly, disabled, and low-income families.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,91318,82955,049    
Total Employment.....980,66819,35956,596    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.7%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
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............3%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

Approximately 3.0% of the total nonagricultural labor force in Norfolk is employed under a union contract. There have been no strikes during the past five years.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....22
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 2970
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. 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.

Nebraska Right in the Middle!

Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....1131-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1291-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5591-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6883-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....5161-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3011-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....15284-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....3581-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13344-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....5511-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Norfolk is served by U.S. Highway 81 (north-south) and 275 (east-west) and Nebraska 24 (northwest-southeast) and 35 (northeast-southwest) and State Spur S-59A. There are no local load limits imposed on these highways. Interstate 29 is approximately 70 miles east, Interstate 80 is 99 miles south, and Interstate 90 is 117 miles north of Norfolk.

Distance to nearest public airport.....3 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,572 feet
Length of longest runway.....5,800 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....110 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 117
Kansas City International 284
Denver International 509

Karl Stefan Memorial Airport, located three miles south of Norfolk, provides air freight and air express. Supplementary all-cargo service (air/truck)is available with departures daily. Taxi service and car rental provide public ground transportation. Airport faiclities include four 5,800 foot paved and lighted runways. National Weather Service office, instrumental landing system, aviation gas, and jet aviation fuel, major and minor repair, airtaxi, airplane rental, flight instructions, aerial photography, and aerial spraying. Thirty-six private planes are hangared there. Commercial air transportation is available at Eppley Airport in Omaha, Nebraska.


Barge service is available at 19 barge terminal facilities on the Missouri River in Nebraska. The Sioux City River Port is 77 miles northeast of Norfolk and the Omaha River Port is 112 miles southeast of Norfolk. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 1 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....4
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....112 mile(s)

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

Norfolk is served by Nebraska Central Railroad, a short-line railroad, with an average of four freight trains daily. Switching is done by local switch crews as needed. Norfolk has a local switch yard; however, the nearest Class 1 connection is the Union Pacific Railroad, 48 miles south of Norfolk.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: (402) 563-5534 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
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Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state's largest electric utility, has a diverse mix of generation, including nuclear, coal, hydro, gas and oil, and wind. NPPD delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans and has ample capacity to meet the needs of new loads. Nebraska's electric costs are among the lowest in the nation. NPPD's professional Economic Development Team is available to assist with expansion and retention of existing business and new business locations. Contact the Economic Development Team by emailing or by calling (402) 563-5534. Further information can be found online @ Utility information can be found @

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
Additional Comments: Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) provides the citizens of Norfolk retail electric service from five major transmission lines of 115,000 volts, two 230,000 volt lines, and one 345,000 volt line.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy is the retail supplier of natural gas in Norfolk. The community is served by an eight-inch line at 70 pounds of pressure. Black Hills Energy is a full-service natural gas distribution company with Nebraska headquarters in Lincoln.

Provider.....City of Norfolk
Major Source.....Wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....64 feet
Rated Capacity.....12.800 mgd
Average Capacity.....4.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....10.950 mgd
Storage Capacity.....5,000,000 gallons
Hardness.....260 ppm
Temperature Range.....51-52 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The Norfolk water system consists of two water treatment plants, supplied by two wellfields. The two wellfields have a total of 13 wells averaging 81 feet in depth. The combined pumping capacity is 10,000 gallons per minute. Both water treatment plants use aeration and filtration to remove iron and manganese.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Norfolk
Type of Service.....Sequential Batch Reactor
Rated Capacity.....7.100 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....3.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....8.900 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The plant treats waste from 11 industries that range from food processing to manufacturing plants. The industries and residential community combined create a waste load equivalent to a population of 99,000.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Qwest Communications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....15

Qwest Communications of Denver, Colorado provides telecommunications services to the Norfolk area with a digital central office served by fiber. Local Internet service is provided by Alltel, CableOne, Connecting Point, Internet Nebraska, Simon Networks, Telebeep, US Cellular, Viaero Wireless, and Qwest.

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Actual Valuation of City: $1,184,065,318 (year 2011)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2011
Total Real Property.......$2.1812540

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2011
General Obligation.........$21,210,000.00

A 1.5 percent city sales tax is imposed in Norfolk.

Type of Government..... Mayor-City Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2017 (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..... 96 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 30
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 29
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 37
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 29

Norfolk, a first-class city, has a mayor-city council form of government with a city administrator. The Norfolk Fire Division has a chief, and paid full-time firefighters as well as reserve fire fighters. Services provided by the Norfolk Fire Division include fire prevention, prevention and codes, planning and zoning, emergency management, fire suppression, emergency medical services, training and public eduation. The Norfolk Police Division has a chief and provides a variety of programs in the areas of uniform patrol, criminal investigation, and crime prevention.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 81,5411:13
Middle / Jr. High 21,1911:13
Senior High 11,2771:13
Trade & Tech Schools 0
Community College 15,377
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 66911:12
Middle / Jr. High 3841:12
Senior High 33141:12

The Norfolk Public Schools is a comprehensive school system offering education to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade as well as others identified with special needs. Northeast Community College is located in Norfolk. Northeast offers 70 technical, vocational, business, and liberal arts programs preparing students for immediate employment or for transfer to a four-year college or university. The Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College serves the business and professional community through a vareity of uses. The 20,000 square foot educational wing includes two distance learning classrooms, a computer center for software training, three standard classrooms, and the conference center that can be divided into six rooms and accommodate up to 700 people.

External Links
   -   Northeast Community College

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....14
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....10
Public Swimming Pool(s).....6
Public Park(s).....20
Public Camp Ground(s).....3
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....14 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Norfolk as 13 parks and recreational areas covering 403.50 acres. Facilities include picnic grounds, picnic shelters, fire grates, rest rooms, playground equipment, playfields, soccer fields, softball fields, baseball fields, football field, basketball courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, swimming pools, wading pools, camping, non-motorized boating, disc golf, and fishing. The Norfolk Family YMCA features a double gymnasium, six-lane pool with movable bulkhead, spectator seating, outdoor sun deck, four courts for handball and racquetball, preschool area, two all-purpose rooms, four locker rooms, exercise center featuring the latest in exercise equipment, and 20 acres of land with ball diamonds, soccer fields, and outdoor running track.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....227
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....10
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....97
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....25
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....256
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....18

Faith Regional Health Services has been providing health care to the residents of northeast and north-central Nebraska since 1923. Faith Regional is a 131-bed acute care regional referral center with Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiac, physical rehabilitation, and obstetrics. Centers include the Carson Cancer Center, Faith Regional CardioVascular Institute, the Dialysis Center, and RehabCentral. Medical services are delivered from four locations. West campus provides emergency services, acute care, cancer and heart services, women's and children's services, laboratory and imaging services, surgery, and caridopulmonary. East campus provides outpatient clinics, physical rehabilitation, transitional care, home health/hospice, dialysis, and behavioral health. Medial offices West is the Carson Cancer Center and the CardioVascular Institute, cardiac and pulomonary rehabilitation, the Health Resource Center, and LifeNet Medical Transportation. 

Machine Shops in City.......6
Tool & Die Services in City.......3
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......2

Type of Newspaper in City.......daily
Local Radio Station(s).......6

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

Number of Protestant Churches.......20
Number of Catholic Churches.......2
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......11
Total Number of Rooms Available.......623

Number of Banks in City.......11Assets: $1,010,176,000

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

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....44
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....1
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....4,711


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Faith Regional Health Services
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 1,275   (Male: 184   Female: 1,091)
Year Established:1906
#2.Business Name:Associated Wholesale Grocers
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 654   (Male: 158   Female: 498)
Products/Service:Food Distribution
#3.Business Name:Norfolk Public Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 705   (Male: 141   Female: 564)
#4.Business Name:Medtronic
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 500   (Male: 476   Female: 125)
Products/Service:Disposable syringes, blood tubes & thermometer probe covers
#5.Business Name:Wal-Mart
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 407   (Male: 178   Female: 260)
Year Established:1961
#6.Business Name:Nucor Steel Division
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 423   (Male: 399   Female: 24)
Year Established:1973
Products/Service:Steel angles, rounds, flats & channels
#7.Business Name:Vulcraft Division of Nucor Corporation
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 478   (Male: 416   Female: 62)
Year Established:1964
Products/Service:Steel joists, metal deck & cold drawn bar
#8.Business Name:Veyance Technologies
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 350   (Male: 271   Female: 79)
Year Established:1979
Products/Service:High pressure/hydraulic hose
#9.Business Name:Norfolk Iron & Metal
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 320   (Male: 309   Female: 98)
Year Established:1908
Products/Service:Steel products, distribution & steel service center
#10.Business Name:Wis-Pak
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 102   (Male: 82   Female: 20)
Year Established:1977
Products/Service:Soft drinks, flavored waters & teas

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......7
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available buildings:
Buildings Available on LOIS for Norfolk

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......12
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available sites:
Sites Available on LOIS for Norfolk

Our Community: Norfolk is the economic growth center for the an area encompassing six counties. The economy is comprised of activity in agriculture, manufacturing, and services. Norfolk is the major retail trade center for northeast Nebraska. Norfolk continues to grow as industry is combining with agriculture to provide a diversified economy necessary for a prosperous community. This growth has made Norfolk a "Center of Jobs" as well as a cultural center. Thank you for taking the opportunity to visit our community profile, please contact us with any questions you may have. 

Suggested Sites:
City of Norfolk @
Norfolk Area Economic Development Council @
Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce @
Northeast Community College @
Norfolk Now @
certified community

City Administrator
City of Norfolk
309 N 5th St
Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone:(402) 844-2000
Fax:(402) 844-2001
 Andy Colvin
Norfolk Area Economic Development
309 N. 5th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701
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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