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Waco, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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Waco, Nebraska

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  Waco is located 45 miles west of Lincoln, NE, on U.S. Highway 34. Waco can also be reached from Interstate 80, via Exit 360, which is 5 miles south. Waco is also approximately 8 miles east of York, which is the county seat of York County.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
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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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 2
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $100
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $400
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $65,000

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A number of housing opportunities are available for seniors and those with special needs in nearby communities, as the large 112-room Hearthstone elderly care facility was recently completely reconstructed in York (within 8 miles of Waco), and there are a number of assisted living facilities in that city as well. The Utica Care Center (approximately eight miles east of Waco)is also available.

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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

Waco currently has an estimated population of 256 residents.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....11
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I-805
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....US 818

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.....1101-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....471-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5511-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6663-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4941-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....2971-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....15064-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....4761-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13234-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....4911-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Construction continues on Highway 81 (located approximately seven miles west of Waco), as the state highway is being expanded to four lanes.

Distance to nearest public airport.....10 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.....40 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 114
Kansas City International 280
Denver International 487



Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....64
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....35 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad is fully accessible within the Waco city limits. This railroad runs east to west, parallel with Highway 34.

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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 Waco, with a 7,000 kVA capacity. The distribution voltage within Waco is 12.5/7.2 kV wye. All industry standard voltages can be provided by Perennial Public Power District. The electric distribution system within Waco has ample capacity to provide service to a growing community.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Source Gas

Provider.....Village of Waco
Major Source.....Deep well
If Wells, Average Depth.....270 feet
Rated Capacity.....1.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....50,000 gallons
Hardness.....196 ppm
Temperature Range.....50-54 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The village of Waco currently pumps 810 gallons of water per minute with an average daily demand of 87,500 gallons. The historic daily peak demand is 203,000 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 1,216,400 gallons per day, and the static pressure is 50 psi. Over a 20 year span, the water table under one the wells has dropped several feet during the non-irrigating, early spring season. The drop has seemed steady.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Waco
Type of Service.....Mechanical
Rated Capacity.....0.060 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.028 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.040 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The city of Waco currently has a sewage treatment plant, which was built in 1962, and upgraded in 1981 and again in 1998. The plant has an average daily flow of 22,000 gallons, with a historic peak daily discharge of 32,000 gallons, and an overall capacity of 60,000 gallons.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Windstream
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....1

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Actual Valuation of City: $15,001,919 (year 2009)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2009
Total Real Property.......$1.8115550

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2006
General Obligation.........$0.00

Type of Government..... Village
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, (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..... 100 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 19
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 0
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 79

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected at large, on the basis of alternating four year terms. Currently, the following are village trustees: Janelle Schachenmeyer (chairman), Lois Beckman, Bill Honnor, Ken Feather, and Ken Kinney. The volunteer fire department provides protection for areas outside the community limits, as the rural fire district encompasses 80 square miles. Twenty-one fire hydrants provide service for those within village limits, with yearly expenditures for fire protection averaging $20,000. Regarding law enforcement, Waco is served by the York County Sheriff's Department which has eight sworn officers and 12 support personnel. Regular patrol is provided by the county department, which has six marked cruisers, a variety of communications equipment and all the standard enforcement equipment required by the state. The Nebraska State Patrol Troop C, headquartered in Grand Island, NE, also provides service for the Waco area.

Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 1201:10
Senior High 1781:7

Waco students travel by bus to Centennial Public Schools in Utica, NE, which is located approximately eight miles east of Waco. The district serves a total of 525 students from the communities of Beaver Crossing, Utica, Waco, Thayer, and Cordova. Eighty percent of Centennial School District high school students take the ACT, with an average score of 22.8. Seventy-five percent of graduating seniors attend college immediately upon graduation, while twenty-five percent enter the workforce directly after graduating. Within the Waco village limits, there are two Christian parochial schools: Nebraska Lutheran High School (9-12) and Trinity Lutheran Elementary School (K-8). The campus also has a dorm facility that houses students from Nebraska and surrounding states such as Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Over 95% of the graduates will go on to a two or four year college with 5 percent moving directly into the labor market. Over the last 5 years, Nebraska Lutheran graduates have consistently achieved higher than state and national averages on the ACT test. The Waco community, while supporting its consolidation into the Centennial District, continues to have strong ties and connections to its parochial schools. Opportunities for higher education and continuing education in the county are available at York College, a four-year private liberal arts college located in the city of York. Other colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius include: Central Community College, Concordia University, Doane College, Hastings College, Southeast Community College, and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....2
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....15
Public Swimming Pool(s).....3
Public Park(s).....11
Public Camp Ground(s).....3
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....8 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

Within the village of Waco, there are two parks. Ellison Park, which encompasses five acres and features newly constructed playground equipment, tennis and basketball courts, and football/soccer fields. Wellman Park, which is located in the downtown area of the village, features a picnic area with tables. The Double Nickel Campground, located at the Waco interchange of Interstate 80 (approximately 5 miles south of Waco), provides top quality camping facilities with conveniences and a swimming pool. It is also located next to the Sandy Meadows Golf Course, which is a 9-hole facility

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

Medical facilities located within 30 minutes of Waco are reported above. There are hospitals located in York and Seward, with medical clinics also located in those cities. A medical clinic is also available at Utica, which is approximately 8 miles east of Waco. Waco has a 15-member, volunteer medical squad of First Responders, while York provides an ambulance service with 10 paid personnel that include EMTs and paramedics. 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. For more information visit

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

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......3
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......40

Number of Protestant Churches.......5
Number of Catholic Churches.......0
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

The Waco community benefits from a six-day daily newspaper, the News-Times, which is located in York. There are also two radio stations in close proximity to Waco, which are KAWL (AM) and KTMX (FM). While there is no chamber of commerce within the community itself, it is served through its partnership with the York County Development Corporation.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....1
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....89

Even Temp Inc. is a multi-million dollar company which has broadened into hearth products distribution, building their own line of pellet stoves and most recently expanding into corn burning stoves. Even Temp Inc. draws employees from a 40-mile radius and distribute their products in 19 states. Serving as both a manufacturer and distributor, the company is also experimenting with retail sales in a store located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Three additions in recent years have included a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, a 5,000-square-foot expansion of the manufacturing division and 1,000-square-feet of new office space.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Even Temp Inc.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 116    
Year Established:1976
Products/Service:Hearth products, pellet stoves, corn burning stoves
#2.Business Name:Nebraska Lutheran High School
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 24    
Year Established:1979
Products/Service:Educational facility


Our Community: Waco is a small community located in the Nebraska Corn Belt, which was founded in 1877 as a railroad town. It was named by Sarah Chapin, the niece of the railroad president, who also donated the land for the village site. The village, which struggled during the 1930s, has slowly made progress in the last three decades and may be witnessing the most properous times of its history. It is the home of Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School and Trinity Lutheran Elementary. It is also the home of Even Temp Corporation, which is one of the larger employers in York County. Also located within Waco are a number of locally owned businesses, including the United Farmers Cooperative.

Suggested Sites:
York County Development Corporation @
York County Visitors Bureau @
Even Temp, Inc. @
Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School @
Cheryl Kraft
Village of Waco
101 Blaine Street
P.O. Box 6
Waco, NE 68460
 Lisa R. Hurley
York County Development Corporation
601 N Lincoln Avenue
York, NE 68467
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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