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Ancestries: German (44.6%), Irish (10.8%), United States (8.1%), Swedish (7.7%), English (7.2%), Czech (3.8%).
Current Local Time: CST time zone
Elevation: 1475 feet
Land area: 0.92 square miles.
Population density: 1,041 people per square mile (low).
Home Value Estimate
For population 25 years and over in Laurel:
High school or higher: 93.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.3%
Graduate or professional degree: 8.0%
Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Laurel city:
Never married: 21.6%
Now married: 55.4%
4 residents are foreign born
According to our research of Nebraska and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Laurel, Nebraska as of May 29, 2015. The ratio of number of residents in Laurel to the number of sex offenders is 477 to 1. The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,284 (1.6%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,160 (1.4%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux City, IA (35.9 miles , pop. 85,013).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (98.1 miles , pop. 390,007).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (484.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Dixon, NE (2.2 miles)
Belden, NE (2.4 miles)
Concord, NE (2.5 miles)
Coleridge, NE (2.8 miles ),
Carroll, NE (3.4 miles ),
Sholes, NE (3.5 miles)
Allen, NE (3.6 miles ),
Wayne, NE (3.7 miles ).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Laurel-area historical tornado activity is near Nebraska state average. It is 75% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 6/23/2003, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 7.2 miles away from the Laurel city center killed one personand caused $4 million in damages.
On 7/28/1986, a category F4 tornado 18.5 miles away from the city center injured 2 peopleand causedbetween $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.
Laurel-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Nebraska state average. It is 69% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 94.8 miles away from the city center On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 169.8 miles away from Laurel center On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 23.6 miles away from the city center On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 695.5 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 230.2 miles away from Laurel center On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 117.4 miles away from the city center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)
The number of natural disasters in Cedar County (8) is smaller than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Birthplace of: James Coburn - (1928-2002), actor, Mark Calcavecchia - PGA Tour Golf player (born: 6/12/60).
Hospitals and medical centers in Laurel:
HILLCREST CARE CENTER (702 CEDAR AVENUE)
Other hospitals and medical centers near Laurel:
PARK VIEW HAVEN NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; COLERIDGE, NE)
CAREAGE OF WAYNE (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; WAYNE, NE)
PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 14 miles away; WAYNE, NE)
WAKEFIELD HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; WAKEFIELD, NE)
LAUREL COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER (Operating income: $21,619; Location: 502 WAKEFIELD ST.; 19,510 books; 365 audio materials; 109 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 20 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 34 print serial subscriptions)
Notable locations in Laurel: Laurel Lions Club Park Campground (A), Laurel City Park Campground (B), Laurel (C), North Side Grain Company Elevator (D), Laurel Feed and Grain Company Elevator (E), Laurel Public Library (F), Laurel Ambulance (G), Laurel Fire Department (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Laurel include: Immanuel Lutheran Church (A), Church of the Open Bible (B), United Lutheran Church (C), United Methodist Church (D), Saint Marys Church (E), United Presbyterian Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2002 was 37.0. This is significantly better than average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 7.59. This is better than average.Closest monitor was 15.8 miles away from the city center.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Laurel and their reported violations in the past:
LAUREL, CITY OF (Population served: 964, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
MCL, Average - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Selenium. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAR-01-2013), St Public Notif requested (DEC-20-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-20-2013), St Public Notif received (JAN-27-2014)
MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-15-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-15-2013), St Public Notif received (AUG-26-2013)
MCL, Average - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: Selenium. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAR-01-2013), St Public Notif requested (OCT-09-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-09-2013), St Public Notif received (OCT-28-2013)
MCL, Average - Between APR-2013 and JUN-2013, Contaminant: Selenium. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAR-01-2013), St Public Notif requested (JUN-24-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-24-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-30-2013)
MCL, Average - Between JAN-2013 and MAR-2013, Contaminant: Selenium. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-26-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-26-2013), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAR-01-2013), St Public Notif received (MAR-28-2013)
MCL, Average - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Selenium. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-05-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-05-2012), St Public Notif received (DEC-31-2012), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAR-01-2013)
11 other older health violations
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 6.1%
(5.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 60.9% for two or more races residents)
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
Gay men: 0.0% of all households
28 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
42 people in nursing homes in 2000
Laurel compared to Nebraska state average:
Median house value below state average.
Unemployed percentage below state average.
Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
Renting percentage below state average.
Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
Banks with branches in Laurel (2011 data):
Citizens State Bank: Laurel Branch at 201 South Highway 20, branch established on 2004/01/21. Info updated 2011/06/30: Bank assets: $291.3 mil, Deposits: $257.1 mil, headquarters in Wisner, NE, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens National Corporation
Security National Bank: at 202 East Second Street, branch established on 1928/03/06. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $166.1 mil, Deposits: $148.0 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: First Laurel Security Co.
LAUREL WT, 708 Oak Street (Lat: 42.422389 Lon: -97.090417), Type: Tank, Structure height: 39.6 m, Overall height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: KNEV389 Assigned Frequencies: 453.875 MHz, 154.355 MHz, 458.875 MHz Grant Date: 11/29/2012, Expiration Date: 01/21/2023 Registrant: County Of Cedar, 101 S Broadway, Harington, NE 68739, Phone: (402) 254-6884, Fax: (402) 254-2351, Email:
1 Blk N Of Dept Of Roads Shop On Us 20 (Lat: 42.440278 Lon: -97.097833), Call Sign: KFX594, Licensee ID: L00052306 Assigned Frequencies: 152.975 MHz Grant Date: 11/07/1996, Expiration Date: 01/12/2002, Cancellation Date: 05/05/2002 Registrant: Leon May, Laurel, NE 68745, Phone: (402) 256-3512
Lat: 42.532444 Lon: -97.113361, Call Sign: WQLP612 Assigned Frequencies: 463.387 MHz, 468.387 MHz Grant Date: 03/22/2010, Expiration Date: 03/22/2020, Certifier: Jeremy Hall Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 26941 Cabot Rd #134, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Email:
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:
Laurel, NE, Lat: 42.466111 Lon: -96.978500, Call Sign: WQAY319 Assigned Frequencies: 956.443 MHz, 956.443 MHz Grant Date: 08/25/2004, Expiration Date: 08/25/2014, Certifier: Joseph Listengart Registrant: Sourcegas Arkansas, 655 East Millsap Road, Suite 104, Fayetteville, AR 72703, Phone: (877) 404-7207, Fax: (479) 582-7802, Email:
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:
Call Sign: KB0UEN Grant Date: 10/13/1995, Expiration Date: 10/13/2005, Cancellation Date: 10/16/2007 Registrant: Reinhard B Michels, 503 W 2nd, Laurel, NE 68745
Call Sign: KB0ZGW Grant Date: 12/27/1996, Expiration Date: 12/27/2006, Cancellation Date: 12/30/2008 Registrant: Shannon G Mc Namara, 511 W 2nd St 5, Laurel, NE 68745
FAA Registered Aircraft:
Aircraft: BELLANCA 14-13-2 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 120 mph), Engine: FRANKLIN 6A4150 SERIES (150 HP) (Reciprocating) N-Number: 74217 , Serial Number: 1330, Year manufactured: 1947, Airworthiness Date: 02/01/1956 Registrant (Co-Owned): Keith W Wickett, 519 W 2nd St, Laurel, NE 68745, Other Owners: Violet E Wickett
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
Most common first names in Laurel, NE among deceased individuals
Most common last names in Laurel, NE among deceased individuals