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Hartington, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/18/2014

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Hartington, Nebraska

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  Hartington, the county seat of Cedar County, is located near Nebraska's "North Shore" in the northeast corner of Nebraska. The northern border of the county is created by the Missouri River, which separates Nebraska from South Dakota. State Highways 57 and 84 intersect in the community. U.S. Highway 81, located eight miles west of Hartington, is also a vital transportation link for the community. Hartington is located 25 miles southeast of Yankton, South Dakota; 60 miles west of Sioux City, Iowa; and 155 miles northwest of Omaha, Nebraska.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Cedar County .......8,8528,746-1.2%
Labor Market Population1.......76,71676,691-0.0%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2013. City populations estimated to be released July 2013.

County Age Distribution (2012) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 1,210 228 827 1,354 794 132 4,413 50.5 %
Female...... 1,114 170 792 1,221 1,036 231 4,333 49.5 %

Total: 2,324 398 1,619 2,575 1,830 363

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 45.3 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2012.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9135,08242,291    
Total Employment.....980,6684,94640,772    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.7%3.6%    

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 (800) 282-6773.
Source: Year end 2012, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/28/2013.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$18.25$27.77$45.86
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$8.42$12.87$17.02
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$9.86$16.78$25.25
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$8.94$13.71$19.88
Civil Engineers$20.46$38.06$54.54
Computer Operators$8.93$14.56$23.15
Computer Programmers$16.88$30.37$92.53
Computer Systems Analysts$24.54$39.72$92.53
Customer Service Representatives$9.13$13.18$19.16
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$13.12$17.83$22.84
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.20$14.78$24.64
Data Entry Keyers$11.33$16.76$22.56
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.12$11.45$14.30
Driver/Sales Workers$8.26$11.35$25.34
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$18.50$29.49$38.13
Electrical Engineers$27.04$36.49$48.23
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.01$16.41$19.10
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$7.90$9.35$11.72
Industrial Engineers$25.12$34.53$46.36
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.30$17.73$23.12
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$11.19$13.92$18.71
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.63$12.46$17.88
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.54$17.00$19.28
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.90$19.88$24.65
Mechanical Engineers$20.24$30.01$43.16
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$20.22$28.19$35.72
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.27$20.80$23.61
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$12.05$15.54$18.48
Nursing Assistants$9.63$11.09$14.13
Office Clerks, General$8.29$11.38$16.63
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.23$13.07$16.91
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.47$11.73$15.65
Registered Nurses$19.63$25.00$34.12
Retail Salespersons$8.13$9.68$17.66
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.35$12.54$18.13
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$9.76$14.37$19.07
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.06$9.74$15.09
Tool and Die Makers$16.63$21.12$23.83
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$11.57$18.27$24.13
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.89$16.48$30.12
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$11.76$16.02$24.01
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$14.44$17.24$19.20

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Fourth Quarter 2013.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....020
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 2950
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 8149

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....148N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....175N/A1 Day
Chicago.....583N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....737N/A2-3 days
Denver.....565N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....330N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1576N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....334N/A1-2 days
New York.....1356N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....581N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Distance to nearest public airport.....1 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,384 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,500 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....60 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 152
Kansas City International 313
Denver International 558

The Hartington Municipal Airport, located one mile from Hartington, has a 3,500-foot, 60-foot wide paved and lighted runway and a 2,600-foot grass runway. Facilities available include an administration building, hangars, tie-downs, aviation fuel, rental cars, and telephone service. Charter service is available upon request. Seven local planes are based at this airport. The elevation is 1,384 feet. The nearest point of scheduled air service is Sioux City, Iowa 57 miles east (60 minutes) from Hartington. The Sioux Gateway Airport is served by two commercial carriers with 13 departures daily. Two air charter services, utilizing eight planes, are located at the Yankton Airport.


Barge service is available at 19 barge terminal facilities on the Missouri River in Nebraska. The Sioux City river port is 57 miles east of Hartington. 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. Commodities transported by towing companies are alfalfa pellets, cement, concrete forms, distillers' dried grain, feed, feed ingredients, fertilizer, grain, machinery, molasses, newsprint, nitrogen fertilizer solution, propylene glycol, rock-aggregate, sale, steel, and twine.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 12 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Northeast Railroad

The nearest rail service is provided by the Northeast Railroad at Belden, 12 miles.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: 800-282-6773 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 (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online @ Utility information can be found @

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
Additional Comments: Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) retails electricity to the city of Hartington. Service is supplied from one local substation at 69,000 volts. The substation, with a 6,250 kVA capacity, is served from Belden and alternate sources are available from Hartington and Bloomfield. These lines are connected to NPPD's statewide 115,000-volt grid system with a tie to the Western Area Power Administration's facilities at Gavins Point, South Dakota. Electricity is distributed in the community by a 12,470-volt wye system, also known as a 12,470 kV wye system.

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

Natural gas is supplied to Hartington by SourceGas, through a four-inch transmission pipeline with an operating pressure of approximately 700 pounds per square inch. SourceGas is also the distributor of natural gas in the community, serving approximately 650 residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Natural gas is available for residential and commercial uses. Availability of natural gas for industrial uses is subject to individual situations. As specific requirements of an industrial prospect become available, information on gas service availability and applicable rates can be obtained from SourceGas's Service Center, 800-563-0012.

Provider.....City of Hartington
Major Source.....well
If Wells, Average Depth.....75 feet
Rated Capacity.....1.090 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.550 mgd
Peak Demand.....1.200 mgd
Storage Capacity.....500,000 gallons
Hardness.....220 ppm
Temperature Range.....52-56 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system is supplied by four wells, which have an average depth of 75 feet.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Hartington
Type of Service.....Sanitary Sewerage System and Storm Sewer System
Rated Capacity.....0.195 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.125 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.278 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Hartington has a sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system. In 1995 the wastewater treatment facility was upgraded to an activated sludge process with waste sludge diverted to an aerobic digester. The sytem has a design daily flow of 195,000 gallons, and the average daily flow is 125,000 gallons. The historic peak is 278,000 gallons.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Hartelco
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....30

Hartelco, with a digital central office served by 158 miles of fiber optic cable, has provided telecommunication services to the Hartington area for more than a century where its home office, including installation and maintenance personnel are located. Over 51 miles of fiber optic cables were buried in 2009 creating fiber optic connections to each home and business in the immediate Hartington and Bow Valley area and providing the infrastructure and capacity for future advanced services. Fiber optics are also available within three miles of each rural resident in the Hartelco service area, providing each farm with high-speed Internet. Over 30 long distance carriers, including Hartington Long Distance, are available on an Interlata and Intralata basis. A DMS-10 digital switch is equipped with the latest software available. Calls to and from outside the Hartington exchange are quickly re-routed in the event of a cable cut. The nearest Point of Presence is Norfolk and is connected to Hartington with fiber optic facilities. Another Point of Presence is utilized in Blair, Nebraska. Both are connected with fiber optic cable. Broadband Internet -- Dial-up Internet Satellite Internet Dial-up (56K) Internet service is available throughout the Hartington exchange. High-speed Broadband Internet service with download speeds up to 6Mg/sec (or higher upon request) is available throughout the Hartington service area from Hartelco. WildBlue satellite broadband Internet access with download speeds up to 1.5Mg/sec is also available through Hartelco and can be located anywhere.

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Actual Valuation of City: $61,431,360 (year 2009)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2009
Total Real Property.......$2.0809800

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2008
General Obligation.........$2,201,977.00

Type of Government..... Mayor-Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1970 (year)
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... City
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 89 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 30
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 2
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 69

The City of Hartington and the Hartington Community Development Corporation employ a part-time economic development coordinator.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11391:7
Senior High 11701:8
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11741:19
Senior High 12421:12

The Hartington public school system currently houses its total enrollment (kindergarten through twelfth grade) in one facility built in 1973. The maximum capacity in this school is 650. It is estimated that 100% of the eighth grade will finish high school. Vocational courses offered in the high school include agriculture, family and consumer science, and business. Ninety-two percent of Hartington High School graduates attend college while eight percent enter the labor market upon graduation.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....4
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....3
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....27 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

The three parks in Hartington cover 14 acres and have a swimming pool, lighted baseball fields, tennis courts, shelter house, barbecue pits, picnic tables, benches, rest rooms, and playground equipment. Two playgrounds in Hartington have standard playground equipment. Felber Park: Substantial improvements were made to upgrade the facility for hosting American Legion District Baseball play-offs. Hartington Community Complex. In 2002 an outdoor sports complex was completed and includes a new football stadium, all-weather track, new soccer fields, and youth ball fields. To-date over $32,000 in grant funds have been received and over 350 trees, shrubs and beautification have been implemented for this community park! There are excellent boating facilities at nearby Lewis and Clark Lake and the Niobrara River.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 8
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $125
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $350
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $200
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $55,000

Number of Single Family Homes for Sale by Price (New and Existing) Less than $100,000 17 $100,001-$150,000 1 $150,001-$200,000 3 $200,001-$250,000 2 $250,001-over 1

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....2
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....2
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....4

Avera Sacred Heart Medical Clinic is owned by Sacred Heart Hospital. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is located in Yankton, South Dakota (25 miles). Facilites include a rehabilitation center, dialysis unit, 24-hour emergency center, intensive care nursery, fixed base MRI, one defibrillator, and radiology treatment facility. Hartington also has the following medical services: Filips Eye Clinic, Dr. James Litel Dentistry, Olson Chiropractic Center, J&R Drug, and Steffen Drug. Hartington has 26 certified Emergency Medical Technicians who are on 24-hour call. This is a volunteer group funded by the rural fire district and city boards. The two licensed ambulances, owned by the Hartington Rural Fire District and the city of Hartington, are fully equipped with oxygen, backboards, suction, jump kits, and blood pressure monitors.

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

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......10

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......8
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......61

Number of Protestant Churches.......2
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......2
Total Number of Rooms Available.......12

Number of Banks in City.......5Assets: $400,869,000

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......No

Cable television service is provided by Hartelco TV and is available on 43 basic channels, 15 High-Definition channels, 2 premium channels, and 1 local information channel. Hartington's motel is Hillcrest Motel which has 8 rooms. Hartington also has Bow St. Bed and Breakfast that has an availability of 4 rooms.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....8
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....286


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Hartington Catholic Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 52   (Male: 12   Female: 40)
#2.Business Name:Hydraulic Components Industries
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 133   (Male: 113   Female: 20)
Year Established:1977
Products/Service:Hydraulic cylinders & valves
#3.Business Name:Hartington Concrete
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 41   (Male: 40   Female: 1)
Year Established:1977
Products/Service:Concrete products & redi-mix concrete
#4.Business Name:Golden Living Center-Hartington
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 53   (Male: 2   Female: 51)
Products/Service:Nursing Care
#5.Business Name:Cedar County
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 61   (Male: 40   Female: 21)
#6.Business Name:City of Hartington
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 58   (Male: 32   Female: 26)
#7.Business Name:Hartington Telemarketing, Inc.
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 82   (Male: 10   Female: 72)
Year Established:1987
Products/Service:Telephone sales
#8.Business Name:Hartington Public Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 72   (Male: 26   Female: 46)
#9.Business Name:Radec Construction
Service Sector: Construction & Mining
Employment Number: Total: 16   (Male: 13   Female: 3)
Year Established:1963
Products/Service:Commercial Construction
#10.Business Name:Northeast Equipment Inc.
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 19   (Male: 17   Female: 2)
Products/Service:Farm equipment sales & service

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......2
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Buildings Available on LOIS for Hartington

The City of Hartington's website contains additional information on the 12,250 sq. ft. Industrial building and the 60,000 sq. ft. Industrial building on the Economic Development section at

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Sites Available on LOIS for Hartington

Detailed information on Hartington's Industrial Park can be found on the City of Hartington's website under economic development. This economic development website is

Our Community: Hartington is a friendly town located in Cedar County in northeast Nebraska. There are an abundance of recreational, educational, social, and business opportunities here. Hartington has a good selection of retail, construction, service, and manufacturing businesses as well as several churches. The residents of Hartington believe this is a good place to live and raise families. Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and feel free to contact us for more information or if you have any questions.

Facts Book:
Hartington Facts Book (PDF)
Suggested Sites:
City of Hartington @
Hartington Public Library @
Hartington Chamber of Commerce @
Hartington Facts Book @
Nebraska Public Power District @
certified community

Carla Becker, ED Coordinator
City of Hartington
PO Box 427
107 West State Street
Hartington, NE 68739
Phone:(402) 254-6357
Fax:(402) 254-6391
 Chris Miller, President
Hartington Community Development Corp.
PO Box 427
107 West State Street
Hartington, NE 68739
Phone:(402) 254-6897
State Contacts:Catherine Lang, Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-4747 or (800) 426-6505
 Rick Nelsen, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (800) 282-6773, ext. 5534
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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