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St. Paul, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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St. Paul, Nebraska

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  St. Paul is located in central Nebraska at the intersection of Highway 281 and 92. It is 28 miles north of Interstate 80.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
St. Paul.......2,2902,3492.6%
Howard County .......6,2746,4292.5%
Labor Market Population1.......132,513138,5584.6%

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......... 892 156 701 887 338 289 3,263 50.8 %
Female...... 787 148 676 856 349 350 3,166 49.2 %

Total: 1,679 304 1,377 1,743 687 639

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 43.3 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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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 9
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $76
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $425
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $350
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $63,824

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9133,19871,284    
Total Employment.....980,6683,31973,661    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.6%3.3%    

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$16.52$25.59$49.67
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.50$13.52$19.07
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$10.15$16.52$29.33
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.53$15.13$24.08
Civil Engineers$25.55$31.23$57.67
Computer Operators$13.25$15.54$28.61
Computer Programmers$21.23$32.23$43.11
Computer Systems Analysts$30.09$41.94$52.17
Customer Service Representatives$9.50$15.16$21.73
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.37$16.84$21.60
Data Entry Keyers$9.39$10.01$18.45
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.47$11.68$26.20
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$18.05$27.93$37.82
Electrical Engineers$28.10$42.25$58.71
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$12.28$15.06$20.12
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$12.59$21.44$31.11
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.40$10.90$12.44
Industrial Engineers$23.17$34.40$40.73
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$14.39$22.88$34.86
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$10.87$13.65$17.75
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.01$14.03$18.19
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.43$10.01$22.81
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.12$23.21$34.50
Mechanical Engineers$23.34$28.98$41.83
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$20.78$27.62$35.42
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$10.37$12.03$15.94
Office Clerks, General$9.46$12.04$19.36
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.95$13.89$15.83
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.80$13.04$16.00
Registered Nurses$21.52$28.48$37.91
Retail Salespersons$9.19$10.56$17.32
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.66$14.79$21.89
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.42$15.47$26.90
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.52$11.34$15.54
Tool and Die Makers$15.60$22.69$30.21
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$12.33$17.67$24.51
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$13.40$17.53$23.40

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Second Quarter 2017.

Less than 1% of St. Paul's population is unionized.


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 8028
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....US Highway 2816

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.....1751-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1211-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....6381-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6593-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4281-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3121-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....14394-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....4601-3 days1-2 days
New York.....14114-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....5641-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

St. Paul is located on a two lane section of US Highway 281. The highway expands into four lanes 6 miles south of town. The two lane section of Highway 281 to St. Paul will be expanded to four lane by 2009.

Distance to nearest public airport.....20 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,846 feet
Length of longest runway.....7,000 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....20 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 150
Kansas City International 295
Denver International 421

See for more information on Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....4/week
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....36 mile(s)

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

St. Paul has a railroad wye and dock ramp available. The Union Pacific Railroad is also located 25 miles south of St. Paul near Grand Island. Amtrak has a station in Hastings, located 50 miles south of St. Paul.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of St. Paul
  phone - (308) 754-4483
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: City of St. Paul
Additional Comments: City of St. Paul distribution is 7200/12470 volts.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Multiple providers are available.

Provider.....City of St. Paul
Major Source.....Groundwater wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....180 feet
Rated Capacity.....2,880,000.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....356,000.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....575,000.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....320,000 gallons
Hardness.....220 ppm
Temperature Range.....40-60 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The capacity can be increased to meet commercial needs. Storage capacity is 250,000 gallons elevated storage and 70,000 gallons ground storage. Iron & Manganese removal treatment plant built in 1995. The metered water system features rates that are based upon usage and size of meter. For more information contact the city utility office at 308.754.4483

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of St. Paul
Type of Service.....Aerated Lagoon
Rated Capacity.....2,000,000.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.330 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.964 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The capacity can be increased to meet commercial needs. Sewer rates are figured by usage. For more information contact the city utility office at 308.754.4483

Name of Local Service Provider.....Qwest
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....6

Multiple companies provide dial up access to the Internet and Charter Communications and Qwest provide broadband access.

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Actual Valuation of City: $89,507,416 (year 2011-2012)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2011-2012
Total Real Property.......$2.3930880

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2005
General Obligation.........$4,810,736.00

Type of Government..... Mayor/Council 2nd Class City
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2004 (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..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 90 %
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 29
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 4
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 56/9

St. Paul is a small, clean town that is willing to work to meet the needs of any business interested in becoming part of our community.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 13631:14
Middle / Jr. High 11121:11
Senior High 11801:11
Trade & Tech Schools 0
Community College 0
Four-Year College 0
University 0

St. Paul offers a North Central Accredited, full-service, public school with active sports, arts, and vocational programs. The school features a state of the art Distance Learning classroom and a total of 192 networked computers in the district. St. Paul has a complete special education program for K-12. Adult educational programs are available in the high school in cooperation with Central Community College of Grand Island

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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).....2
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....2
Public Camp Ground(s).....3
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....3 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

St. Paul offers city sponsored summer recreational programs. Local recreational areas include a state wildlife management area, public river areas, and a large reservoir within 30 minutes. Hunting, fishing, and boating are a few of the outdoor activities. St. Paul has a Community Theater and two museums: The Nebraska Museum of Major League Baseball and the Howard County Historical Village.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....4
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....2
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....31

St. Paul has two Physician’s Assistants. The Howard County Community Hospital and Medical Clinic has just completed a total remodel of the old hospital. Physician’s offices and an outpatient clinic were constructed within old hospital building. New inpatient rooms, an ancillary service area, and a new emergency room were added. Hospital specialty clinics provide area residents with the opportunity to obtain services from many leading specialists from the larger communities in Nebraska. The recent addition of new equipment, including an in-house CT Scanner, can provide many of the services usually only found in larger facilities.

Machine Shops in City.......2
Tool & Die Services in City.......0
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......1

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

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......5
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......147

Number of Protestant Churches.......6
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......3
Total Number of Rooms Available.......66

Number of Banks in City.......4Assets: $2,435,203,529
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......0Assets: $0

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

In addition to St. Paul's weekly paper, there are other local weekly papers in surrounding communities and Grand Island prints a daily paper. Grand Island also supports four radio stations of various formats. Both the area radio stations and television networks broadcast local information.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....4
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....24


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Howard County Community Hospital
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 143   (Male: 10   Female: 133)
Year Established:1955
Products/Service:Offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient, testing, and diagnostic services to the residents of Howard County and surrounding areas.
#2.Business Name:St. Paul Public Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 83   (Male: 33   Female: 50)
Year Established:1889
Products/Service:Well-rounded educational and extracurricular opportunities. Employs 48 certified and 35 classified employees.
#3.Business Name:Howard County
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 60   (Male: 31   Female: 29)
Year Established:1871
Products/Service:County government services.
#4.Business Name:Heritage Living Center
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 49   (Male: 2   Female: 47)
Year Established:1940
Products/Service:Short or long term care. Skilled employees provide physical, occupational, speech, restorative, recreational, and massage therapy.
#5.Business Name:Aurora Cooperative
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 40   (Male: 25   Female: 15)
Year Established:1929
Products/Service:Offering propane sales and service, fuel, a convenience store, tires, livestock equipment and feed, and agronomy related sales and service.
#6.Business Name:St. Paul Equipment
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 27   (Male: 24   Female: 3)
Year Established:1960
#7.Business Name:City of St. Paul
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 67   (Male: 29   Female: 38)
Year Established:1886
Products/Service:City planning, maintenance and utilities.
#8.Business Name:S.E. Smith & Sons, Inc.
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 18   (Male: 14   Female: 4)
Year Established:1956
Products/Service:The "do it all" center for farm, home, and building. They supply lumber, ready-mix concrete, and the tools needed for do-it-yourself projects.
#9.Business Name:Matelyn Retirement Community
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 16   (Male: 0   Female: 16)
Year Established:2001
Products/Service:Beautiful, spacious grounds and friendly, capable staff, provide a home with independence and peace of mind for adults over 55.
#10.Business Name:Jacobs Oil & Motor Company
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 13   (Male: 9   Female: 4)
Year Established:1927
Products/Service:Full service Ford dealership. Warranty service on Ford/Lincoln/Mercury. Repairs on most makes. Inventory includes new Fords and pre-owned vehicles.

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes

Our Community: St. Paul, the seat of Howard County government, is located 30 minutes north of a major transportation corridor that includes Interstate 80 and the Union Pacific Railroad. Air freight and passenger service are 20 minutes away and the Nebraska Central Railroad Company serves St. Paul. St. Paul holds to the small town values of productivity, security, and cooperation along with the technology, convenience, and creativity of larger areas. The residents of St. Paul welcome you to join their community -- the best place to call home! Please contact the St Paul Development Corporation for more information about St. Paul and Howard County.

Suggested Sites:
St. Paul Community Website @
St. Paul Public Schools @
St. Paul Fire Department @
Howard County Historical Society @
Howard County @
Mike Feeken
St Paul Development Corporation
710 7th Street
PO Box 64
St. Paul, NE 68873
Phone:(308) 754-4661
Fax:(308) 754-4661
 Ron Vonderohe
Vonderohe Business Services
710 Howard Avenue
St. Paul, NE 68873
Phone:(308) 754-4557
Fax:(308) 754-4557
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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