Mason City, Nebraska

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Population in 2017: 173 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -2.8%
 
Males: 90  (52.0%)
Females: 83  (48.0%)
Median resident age:

40.3 years
Nebraska median age:

36.5 years

Zip code: 68855

Estimated median household income in 2017: $37,980 (it was $26,719 in 2000)
Mason City:

$37,980
NE:

$59,970

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,016 (it was $12,881 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $48,469 (it was $23,300 in 2000)
Mason City:

$48,469
NE:

$155,800

Median gross rent in 2017: $613.

March 2019 cost of living index in Mason City: 73.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 19.3%
(15.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents)
  • Races in Mason City, NE (2010)
    • 16093.6%White alone
    • 42.3%Two or more races
    • 42.3%Hispanic
    • 21.2%Asian alone
    • 10.6%American Indian alone



According to our research of Nebraska and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Mason City, Nebraska as of October 27, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Mason City is 226 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (22.5%), English (14.7%), American (10.9%), Polish (9.3%), African (8.5%), Irish (7.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/14/1886

Elevation: 2249 feet

Land area: 0.47 square miles.

Population density: 367 people per square mile   (very low).

Mason City, Nebraska map

11 residents are foreign born (4.5% Africa).

This village:

4.5%
Nebraska:

6.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $802 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $720 (1.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lincoln, NE (139.8 miles , pop. 225,581).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (598.8 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Ansley, NE (2.5 miles ),
Litchfield, NE (3.0 miles ),
Westerville, NE (3.6 miles),
Berwyn, NE (3.7 miles),
Hazard, NE (3.8 miles),
Arcadia, NE (4.1 miles ),
Loup City, NE (4.2 miles ),
Pleasanton, NE (4.5 miles )

Latitude: 41.22 N, Longitude: 99.30 W

Area code: 308

Distribution of median household income in Mason City, NE in 2017
Distribution of house value in Mason City, NE in 2017

Mason City satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.5%
Nebraska:

3.2%
Population change in the 1990s: +18 (+11.3%).
Most common industries in Mason City, NE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (17.5%)
  • Construction (15.9%)
  • Machinery (12.7%)
  • Health care (7.9%)
  • Gasoline stations (6.3%)
  • Repair & maintenance (6.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (28.1%)
  • Machinery (12.5%)
  • Repair & maintenance (12.5%)
  • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (9.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.4%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (6.3%)
  • Metal & metal products (6.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (29.0%)
  • Health care (16.1%)
  • Machinery (12.9%)
  • Gasoline stations (12.9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (9.7%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (9.7%)
  • Social assistance (6.5%)
Most common occupations in Mason City, NE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (19.0%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9.5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (7.9%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (4.8%)
  • Operations specialties managers, except financial managers (4.8%)
  • Librarians, curators, and archivists (4.8%)
  • Cashiers (4.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (18.8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (12.5%)
  • Operations specialties managers, except financial managers (9.4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (9.4%)
  • Other construction workers and helpers (9.4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6.3%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (6.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (19.4%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (16.1%)
  • Librarians, curators, and archivists (9.7%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (9.7%)
  • Cashiers (9.7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.5%)

Average climate in Mason City, Nebraska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Mason City-area historical tornado activity is near Nebraska state average. It is 67% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/7/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.5 miles away from the Mason City village center killed 11 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/6/1956, a category F4 tornado 20.3 miles away from the village center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mason City-area historical earthquake activity is near Nebraska state average. It is 55% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 619.5 miles away from Mason City center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 333.2 miles away from Mason City center
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 108.9 miles away from Mason 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 207.0 miles away from Mason City center
On 6/20/2002 at 04:29:40, a magnitude 3.5 (3.3 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 40.3 miles away from the city center
On 5/25/2003 at 07:32:33, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 181.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Custer County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Snows: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Mason City topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mason City:

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 38 miles; Kearney, NE; Full-time enrollment: 6,047)
  • Central Community College (about 54 miles; Grand Island, NE; FT enrollment: 4,159)
  • Northeast Community College (about 114 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 3,334)
  • Wayne State College (about 138 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 139 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 20,817)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (about 141 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 2,072)
  • Southeast Community College Area (about 143 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 8,838)

Library in Mason City:

  • SUNSHINE TOWNSHIP LIBRARY (Operating income: $3,615; Location: 417 MAIN STREET; 5,100 books; 187 audio materials; 34 video materials; 3 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Mason City: Mason City (A), Mason City Rescue Service (B), Mason City Rural Volunteer Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mason City include: American Missionary Fellowship (A), Saint Thomas Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Custer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Mason City and their reported violations in the past:

MASON CITY, VILLAGE OF (Population served: 176, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-25-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-25-2010), St Public Notif received (NOV-16-2010)
Average household size:
This village:

2.3 people
Nebraska:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:

60.0%
Whole state:

64.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:

8.0%
Whole state:

6.0%


No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Mason City (2011 data):

  • Nebraska State Bank and Trust Company: Mason City Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1924/08/04. Info updated 2008/02/19: Bank assets: $176.4 mil, Deposits: $156.6 mil, headquarters in Broken Bow, NE, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: First Central Nebraska Co.

For population 15 years and over in Mason City:

Marital status in Mason City, NE
  • Never married: 31.3%
  • Now married: 48.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 4.5%
  • Divorced: 16.2%

For population 25 years and over in Mason City:

  • High school or higher: 93.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 45.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.9
Nebraska average:

11.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Mason City, NE (based on Custer County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,00218
Evangelical Protestant1,74121
Catholic8094
Other1652
None5,222-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Custer County:

6.46 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Here:

1.85 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

6.46 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Here:

11.07 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Custer County:

8.3%
Nebraska:

7.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Custer County:

31.1%
Nebraska:

28.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Custer County:

10.0%
Nebraska:

12.9%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 2$921
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$132
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 0$0
Firefighters 0$0 25$0
Water Supply 0$0 1$239
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$120
Sewerage 0$0 1$239
Solid Waste Management 0$0 1$1,211
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$102
Totals for Government 0$0 37$2,964

Mason City government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $19,000 ($109.83)
    Water Utilities: $18,000 ($104.05)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($80.92)
    Solid Waste Management: $14,000 ($80.92)
    Sewerage: $11,000 ($63.58)
    Regular Highways: $10,000 ($57.80)
    General Public Buildings: $3,000 ($17.34)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,000 ($11.56)
    Libraries: $1,000 ($5.78)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $15,000 ($86.71)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $50,000 ($289.02)
    Sewerage: $4,000 ($23.12)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($5.78)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($5.78)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $43,000 ($248.55)

Mason City government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $15,000 ($86.71)
    Solid Waste Management: $11,000 ($63.58)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $2,000 ($11.56)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $19,000 ($109.83)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($5.78)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $25,000 ($144.51)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $23,000 ($132.95)
    General Local Government Support: $13,000 ($75.14)
    Other: $6,000 ($34.68)
  • Tax - Property: $25,000 ($144.51)
    Public Utilities Sales: $18,000 ($104.05)
    Other: $9,000 ($52.02)
    Motor Vehicle License: $2,000 ($11.56)

Mason City government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $393,000 ($2271.68)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $376,000 ($2173.41)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $17,000 ($98.27)

Mason City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $72,000 ($416.18)

5.37% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($43,893 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.37%
Nebraska average:

6.35%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Strongest AM radio stations in Mason City:

  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KMMJ (750 AM; 11 kW; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: JRK BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KKPR (1460 AM; 5 kW; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PLATTE RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KCNI (1280 AM; daytime; 1 kW; BROKEN BOW, NE; Owner: CUSTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KRGI (1430 AM; 5 kW; GRAND ISLAND, NE)
  • KNLV (1060 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ORD, NE; Owner: SANDHILLS ADVERTISING CORP.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KJLT (970 AM; 5 kW; NORTH PLATTE, NE; Owner: TRI-STATE B/CING ASSOC., INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mason City:

  • KSYZ-FM (107.7 FM; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: NEUHOFF BROADCASTING-GRAND ISLAND, I)
  • KRNY (102.3 FM; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KBBN-FM (98.3 FM; BROKEN BOW, NE; Owner: CUSTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO.)

TV broadcast stations around Mason City:

  • KHGI-TV (Channel 13; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF CENTRAL NEBRASKA, A CALIFORNIA LP)
  • KTVG (Channel 17; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: HILL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Mason City fatal accident list:

Jun 6, 2003 11:00 PM, Sr-2, Lat: 41.223903, Lon: -99.300310, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 1
Jan 12, 1986 11:05 AM, Green St, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Nov 13, 1978 01:27 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 15Number of bridges
  • 75ft / 23.2mTotal length
  • 6,195Total average daily traffic
  • 908Total average daily truck traffic
  • 8,422Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
New bridges in Mason City, NE - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 11920-1929
  • 81930-1939
  • 21950-1959
  • 21970-1979
  • 11990-1999
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Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Mason City, NE
  • 58.3%Utility gas
  • 17.9%Wood
  • 13.1%Electricity
  • 10.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Mason City, NE
  • 90.5%Utility gas
  • 9.5%Electricity


Mason City compared to Nebraska state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
There are 5 pilots and no other airmen in this city.
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