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Phelps County Demographics

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Population

Population 2000 2010 2017 2022
Phelps County 9,747 9,188 9,449 9,622
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Population by Age

Population 2010 2017 2022
0-4 594 559 548
5-9 638 609 592
10-14 636 609 646
15-19 569 542 568
20-24 400 479 417
25-29 497 514 492
30-34 437 504 523
35-39 527 476 519
40-44 516 480 487
45-49 738 603 537
50-54 674 662 594
55-59 660 710 677
60-64 556 659 699
65-69 414 593 659
70-74 384 471 595
75-79 349 346 426
80-84 276 262 279
85+ 323 371 364
18+ 6,930 7,324 7,468
Median Age 43 45 45
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Population by Race

Phelps County 2017
Total 9,449
White Alone 95.430
Black Alone 0.140
American Indian Alone 0.530
Asian Alone 0.440
Pacific Islander Alone 0.030
Some Other Race 2.010
Two or More Races 1.420
Hispanic Origin 6.030
Diversity Index 19.300
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Households

Population 2000 2010 2017 2022
Households 3,844 3,779 3,877 3,945
Housing Units 4,191 4,175 4,252 4,327
Owner Occupied Units 2,744 2,793
Renter Occupied Units 1,133 1,152
Vacant Units 375 382
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Income

Phelps County 2017 2022
Median Household $51,476 $56,414
Average Household $67,995 $78,646
Per Capita $28,114 $32,455
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Household Income Base

Phelps County 2017
<$15,000 406
$15,000 - $24,999 455
$25,000 - $34,999 378
$35,000 - $49,999 634
$50,000 - $74,999 743
$75,000 - $99,999 586
$100,000 - $149,999 415
$150,000 - $199,999 135
$200,000+ 125
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Growth Rate

Phelps County 2010 - 2014 2014 - 2019
Population 0% 0%
Households 0% 0%
Families 0% 0%
Median Household Income 2%
Per Capita Income 3%
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

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 2017 2022
Median Home Value $126,643 $142,017
Average Home Value $151,749 $170,274
<$50,000 161 125
$50,000 - $99,999 765 611
$100,000 - $149,999 837 786
$150,000 - $199,999 377 467
$200,000 - $249,999 202 272
$250,000 - $299,999 246 320
$300,000 - $399,999 95 129
$400,000 - $499,999 34 49
$500,000 - $749,999 17 19
$750,000 - $999,999 1 1
$1,000,000 + 9 14
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 34
2000-2009 202
1990-1999 235
1980-1989 261
1970-1979 624
1960-1969 497
1950-1959 502
1940-1949 357
1939 or Before 1,485
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 4,525
In-County Residents 3,636
Out-of-County Residents 858
Drive Alone 3,664
Carpooled 394
Public Transport 0
Work at Home 211
Less than 5 minutes 872
5-9 minutes 1,293
10-14 minutes 752
15-19 minutes 371
20-24 minutes 242
25-29 minutes 100
30-34 minutes 313
35-39 minutes 59
40-44 minutes 68
45-59 minutes 136
60-89 minutes 52
90+ minutes 56
Average Travel Time 14
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

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 4,752
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt 224
Mining 8
Utilities 121
Construction 170
Manufacturing 196
Wholesale Trade 406
   
Retail Trade 654
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers 119
Furn & Home Furnish Str 15
Electronics & Appl Store 5
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip 73
Food & Beverage Stores 192
Health/Pers Care Stores 39
Gasoline Stations 33
Clothing/Accessory Store 14
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music 4
General Merchandise Str 37
Misc Store Retailers 119
Nonstore Retailers 4
   
Transportation/Warehouse 229
Information 75
   
Finance & Insurance 179
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn 88
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv 46
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other 45
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing 45
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv 129
Legal Services 18
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises 0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt 18
Educational Services 595
HealthCare/Social Assist 687
Arts/Entertainment/Rec 72
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs 262
Accommodation 33
Food Srv/Drinking Places 229
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin 387
Auto Repair/Maintenance 45
Public Administration Emp 295
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

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 565
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus 43
Mining Bus 1
Utilities Bus 9
Construction Bus 22
Manufacturing Bus 14
Wholesale Trade Bus 32
   
Retail Trade Bus 75
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus 14
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus 4
Electronics & Appl Store Bus 2
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus 10
Food & Beverage Stores Bus 11
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus 6
Gasoline Stations Bus 5
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus 5
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus 1
General Merchandise Str Bus 2
Misc Store Retailers Bus 14
Nonstore Retailers Bus 1
   
Transportation/Warehouse Bus 33
Information Bus 13
   
Finance & Insurance Bus 34
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus 8
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus 10
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus 16
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus 14
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus 29
Legal Services Bus 6
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus 0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus 11
Educational Services Bus 21
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus 44
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus 13
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus 25
Accommodation Bus 5
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus 20
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus 76
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus 15
Public Administration Bus 47
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

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 324
Graduated High School 2,016
Associates Degree 734
Bachelor's Degree 1,139
Graduate Degree 430
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Education Expenses

Category Amount
College Tuition $3,487,970
College School Books/Supplies $165,118
Voc/Tech School Books/Supplies $3,308
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

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 SkyWest Airlines / United Express, operating 50 passenger regional jets with 12 nonstop roundtrip flights per week to 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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