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Phelps County Demographics

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Population

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
Phelps County 9,747 9,188 9,373 9,514
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Age

Population 2010 2016 2021
0-4 594 564 545
5-9 638 616 597
10-14 636 617 648
15-19 569 549 568
20-24 400 481 420
25-29 497 486 490
30-34 437 506 496
35-39 527 457 522
40-44 516 511 469
45-49 738 602 565
50-54 674 687 588
55-59 660 696 699
60-64 556 646 678
65-69 414 558 644
70-74 384 437 567
75-79 349 340 389
80-84 276 264 273
85+ 323 356 356
18+ 6,930 7,226 7,360
Median Age 43 44 45
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Race

Phelps County 2016
Total 9,373
White Alone 95.430
Black Alone 0.140
American Indian Alone 0.580
Asian Alone 0.450
Pacific Islander Alone 0.030
Some Other Race 1.980
Two or More Races 1.390
Hispanic Origin 6.010
Diversity Index 19.200
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Households

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
Households 3,844 3,779 3,877 3,947
Housing Units 4,191 4,175 4,296 4,374
Owner Occupied Units 2,699 2,749
Renter Occupied Units 1,178 1,198
Vacant Units 419 427
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Income

Phelps County 2016 2021
Median Household $50,468 $56,726
Average Household $65,628 $72,872
Per Capita $27,362 $30,445
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Household Income Base

Phelps County 2016
<$15,000 419
$15,000 - $24,999 483
$25,000 - $34,999 389
$35,000 - $49,999 625
$50,000 - $74,999 774
$75,000 - $99,999 560
$100,000 - $149,999 390
$150,000 - $199,999 122
$200,000+ 115
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Growth Rate

Phelps County 2010 - 2014 2014 - 2019
Population 0% 0%
Households 0% 0%
Families 0% 0%
Median Household Income 2%
Per Capita Income 2%
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Phelps County Quality Life

Our Communities

Holdrege, Nebraska

Holdrege, NebraskaIf you’re looking for a community that combines old-fashioned small town values and amenities with great modern conveniences, we invite you to check out Holdrege. It’s just the place to find the best of both worlds. Learn More

Bertrand, Nebraska

Bertrand, NebraskaIf you’re looking for a town where you feel like you quickly know about half the inhabitants, you might like Bertrand. It’s just the place for good neighbors. Learn More

Loomis, Nebraska

Loomis, NebraskaIn 2006, BusinessWeek Magazine picked Loomis as one of the top 25 places in the country to raise a child. This undiscovered gem might be just the place for your family. Learn More

Funk, Nebraska

Funk, NebraskaIf you’re looking for a town that combines indoors and outdoors, today and tomorrow, volunteer work and hobbies, consider Funk. It might be just the place for you. Learn More

Atlanta, Nebraska

Atlanta, NebraskaIf you want to live in town with close neighbors but want a big sky out your window, you might like Atlanta. It’s just the place to combine town and country. Learn More

Home Value

Phelps County 2016 2021
Median Home Value $117,522 $140,859
Average Home Value $150,046 $164,442
<$50,000 230 171
$50,000 - $99,999 884 428
$100,000 - $149,999 672 949
$150,000 - $199,999 306 465
$200,000 - $249,999 212 336
$250,000 - $299,999 177 211
$300,000 - $399,999 143 125
$400,000 - $499,999 36 34
$500,000 - $749,999 25 22
$750,000 - $999,999 1 2
$1,000,000 + 13 6
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 19
2000-2009 172
1990-1999 234
1980-1989 368
1970-1979 689
1960-1969 439
1950-1959 416
1940-1949 368
1939 or Before 1,500
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 4,681
In-County Residents 3,803
Out-of-County Residents 837
Drive Alone 3,782
Carpooled 423
Public Transport 0
Work at Home 263
Less than 5 minutes 893
5-9 minutes 1,263
10-14 minutes 785
15-19 minutes 409
20-24 minutes 322
25-29 minutes 106
30-34 minutes 299
35-39 minutes 53
40-44 minutes 36
45-59 minutes 133
60-89 minutes 58
90+ minutes 61
Average Travel Time 14
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Phelps County Workforce Occupations

Labor Availability

In August, 2008 a Labor Availability Report was conducted by Kenneth M. Lemke, Ph.D. The report concluded that an employer offering attractive working conditions with competitive wages and employee benefits in Phelps County would be able to select from a substantial pool of applicants. In fact, the report states, "…a prospective new employer providing job opportunities with competitive wages and benefits and offering career opportunities would be a welcome addition to the employment base in Phelps County. The response to such employment opportunities would be substantial, and as this report shows, there is a sizeable labor force and population base living within the Phelps County Labor Area."

Employable CommutersPhelps County's primary labor pool is drawn from a geographic area including Phelps County and its contiguous seven counties; but, existing employers attract a labor force from an even larger area. With minimal road congestion and convenient access to I-80 existing employers are able to attract qualified employees from a 60-mile radius: a commute time of around 60 minutes.

Although nearly 49% of workforce-age residents do work in Phelps County, there is untapped potential in the 14.5% who are employed at least 30 minutes from home.

Employees By NAICS

Category Number
Total Employees 5,900
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt 228
Mining 0
Utilities 121
Construction 266
Manufacturing 808
Wholesale Trade 410
   
Retail Trade 661
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers 126
Furn & Home Furnish Str 15
Electronics & Appl Store 9
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip 76
Food & Beverage Stores 178
Health/Pers Care Stores 39
Gasoline Stations 29
Clothing/Accessory Store 17
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music 7
General Merchandise Str 37
Misc Store Retailers 123
Nonstore Retailers 5
   
Transportation/Warehouse 350
Information 81
   
Finance & Insurance 213
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn 100
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv 49
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other 64
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing 45
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv 151
Legal Services 28
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises 0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt 24
Educational Services 593
HealthCare/Social Assist 860
Arts/Entertainment/Rec 80
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs 307
Accommodation 27
Food Srv/Drinking Places 280
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin 358
Auto Repair/Maintenance 45
Public Administration Emp 335
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Phelps County Workforce Establishments

Total Businesses:   985
Total Employees:   5,165
Total Residential Population:   9,249
Employee/Residential Population Ratio:   0.56

Businesses By NAICS

Category Number
Total Businesses 672
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus 44
Mining Bus 0
Utilities Bus 9
Construction Bus 34
Manufacturing Bus 16
Wholesale Trade Bus 33
   
Retail Trade Bus 90
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus 17
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus 4
Electronics & Appl Store Bus 4
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus 12
Food & Beverage Stores Bus 12
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus 6
Gasoline Stations Bus 5
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus 6
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus 3
General Merchandise Str Bus 2
Misc Store Retailers Bus 17
Nonstore Retailers Bus 2
   
Transportation/Warehouse Bus 36
Information Bus 14
   
Finance & Insurance Bus 58
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus 23
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus 10
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus 25
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus 15
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus 37
Legal Services Bus 9
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus 0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus 14
Educational Services Bus 22
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus 55
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus 14
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus 26
Accommodation Bus 3
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus 23
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus 85
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus 16
Public Administration Bus 53
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Phelps County Leading Employers

Phelps County Employers

Manufacturers
Employer Product FTE*
Becton Dickinson Insulin syringes 534
Allmand Brothers Portable light towers, arrow boards, & industrial heaters 177
Hawkins Manufacturing Farm Equipment 18
Nebraska Star Beef Beef processing 8
Earth Science Laboratories, Inc. Algaecide and bactericide used in the treatment of lakes, ponds, potable water, pools, spas, & hot tubs 7
Holen One Farms Spices, marinades, & BBQ sauce 2

 

Private Employers
Employer Product FTE*
LandMark Implement, Inc. Farm equipment, products, & services 227
Phelps Memorial Health Center Medical 220
Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (IES) Electrical design, construction, & maintenance 215
CHS Agri Service Center Mixed-grain feed & fertilizer 200
Holdrege Public Schools Education 168
Holdrege Memorial Homes Long term care/retirement center 150
Christian Homes Care Community Long term care/retirement center 130
Central NE Public Power & Irrigation Electric Utility 102
Mosaic Services for developmentally disabled 54

 

Public Employers
Employer Product FTE*
Phelps County County Government 81
City of Holdrege City Government 56

*Full Time Equivalent

Phelps County Higher Education

Central Community College

Central Community College's Training and Development Team is responsive to the training and educational needs of Phelps County businesses. Training can be conducted at the location of your choosing. CCC has experience in the following subjects but welcomes the opportunity to create curriculum that meets your needs: Leadership and Development, Computer Training, Human Resources Management, Industrial Maintenance, Quality Control, Environmental Health and Safety, Computer Technology, Mechatronics, Welding Technology, and Industrial Technology.

A CCC Learning Center is conveniently located in Holdrege and provides educational opportunities for the high school graduates and non-traditional students, injecting potential employees into the labor pool. CCC students typically continue to work and live in the 25-county area served by CCC. In fact, over the past two decades 95% of CCC graduates (17,786) stayed in Nebraska and 77% (14,416) remain in the CCC service area.

University of Nebraska at Kearney

The University of Nebraska at Kearney also provides local businesses with a supply of bright, young employees. UNK, a quick commute from Phelps County, offers 170 undergraduate majors, 25 pre-professional programs, and 34 graduate programs sure to complement business' needs.

Educational Attainment (25+)

Educational Level Attained Number
Some High School 252
Graduated High School 1,883
Associates Degree 792
Bachelor's Degree 1,261
Graduate Degree 350
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Education Expenses

Category Amount
College Tuition $3,633,762
College School Books/Supplies $206,264
Voc/Tech School Books/Supplies $3,053
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Phelps County Transportation

Highways

U.S. Highways 6/34 and 183 intersect near the center of Phelps County sending truck and car traffic in all four directions. An Interstate-80 interchange is located just 17 miles north of Holdrege.

 

Rail

The Nebraska Kansas Colorado Rail (NKCR) is operated by logistics company OmniTrax. Their motto is "Rail Made Easy." The NKCR has an interchange with the BNSF Railway in Holdrege.

Click the map at the right for a larger version.

The Iron Horse Business & Industry Park has been engineered with 8 rail-served sites. OmniTrax, the owner of the NKCR, works with the BNSF to get your raw materials in and/or your finished goods out.

Air

Brewster Field is the municipal airport in Holdrege. It has one lighted, hard-surfaced 4,700-foot runway. Small and medium-sized corporate jets can be accommodated. A heated hangar is available for long or short-term aircraft storage. The hangar also houses a comfortable passenger waiting area and pilot's lounge.

Kearney Regional Airport , just 45 minutes from Holdrege, is served by Great Lakes Airlines with three daily passenger flights to and from Denver International Airport.

The Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island is just 90 minutes from Holdrege. American Eagle offers daily flights to and from Dallas-Ft. Worth. Allegiant Airlines also flies weekly flights to vacation destinations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

Free and convenient parking, short security lines, and speedy baggage claim make flying in and out of Kearney or Grand Island effortless.

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