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Custer County

Population in 2012: 168 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -5.6%
 

Males: 79  (47.4%)
Females: 89  (52.6%)

Median resident age:  47.4 years
Nebraska median age:  43.7 years

Zip code: 68855

Estimated median household income in 2011: $37,205 (it was $26,719 in 2000)
Mason City:

$37,205
Nebraska:

$50,296
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $15,825

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $37,285 (it was $23,300 in 2000)
Mason City:

$37,285
Nebraska:

$127,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $50,984; Detached houses: $51,112; Mobile homes: $46,970

Median gross rent in 2011: $660.

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Mason City races chart
  • White alone - 160 (93.6%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (2.3%)
  • Hispanic - 4 (2.3%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (1.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.6%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mason City: 72.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (34.0%), Irish (18.7%), Czech (10.8%), English (10.4%), United States (7.1%), Italian (4.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/14/1886

Elevation: 2249 feet

Land area: 0.47 square miles.

Population density: 356 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Mason City:

  • High school or higher: 93.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.7%
  • Unemployed: 8.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 45.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mason City village:

  • Never married: 28.3%
  • Now married: 45.3%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 8.2%
  • Divorced: 17.6%

0 residents are foreign born

This village:  0.0%
Nebraska:  5.5%



According to our research of Nebraska and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Mason City, Nebraska as of April 21, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Mason City to the number of sex offenders is 82 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $671 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $600 (1.8%)

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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 ), 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 ), Miller, NE (4.6 miles) .

Latitude: 41.22 N, Longitude: 99.30 W

Area code: 308

Mason City household income distribution Mason City home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.2%
Nebraska:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +18 (+11.3%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (30%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (15%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (44%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Information (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (19%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (13%)
  • Operations specialties managers except financial managers (9%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (9%)
  • Other construction workers and helpers (9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (19%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (16%)
  • Librarians, curators, and archivists (10%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Cashiers (10%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)


Average climate in Mason City, Nebraska

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Tornado activity:

Mason City-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Nebraska state average. It is 149% 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 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 8/26/1991 at 11:49:15, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 91.0 miles away from Mason City center
On 7/18/1990 at 02:47:03, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 26.6 miles away from the city center
On 11/13/2001 at 01:56:13, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 97.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/16/2007 at 06:50:31, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, 2.6 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 86.8 miles away from Mason City center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Custer County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Snows: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mason City:

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 38 miles; Kearney, NE; Full-time enrollment: 4,780)
  • Central Community College (about 54 miles; Grand Island, NE; FT enrollment: 2,632)
  • Northeast Community College (about 114 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 2,268)
  • Wayne State College (about 138 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 2,780)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 139 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 20,702)
  • Southeast Community College Area (about 143 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 6,591)
  • Fort Hays State University (about 163 miles; Hays, KS; FT enrollment: 4,978)

Public elementary/middle school in Mason City:

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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)

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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
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  SO2 PM10

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 21.6. This is significantly better than average.
City:

21.6
U.S.:

32.0
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 0.136. This is significantly better than average. There were 12 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.136
U.S.:

2.879
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 23.3. This is about average. There were 45 monitors within city limits.
City:

23.3
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2004 was 10.2. This is about average. There were 7 monitors within city limits.
City:

10.2
U.S.:

11.4

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 NOV-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-17-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-17-2003), St Public Notif received (NOV-25-2003)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2002, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-18-2002), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-18-2002)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2000, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-14-2000), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-14-2000), St Public Notif received (AUG-25-2000)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-1999, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-24-1999), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-24-1999), St Public Notif received (2 times from JUL-02-1999 to AUG-17-2000)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-1998, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (AUG-27-1998), St Public Notif requested (AUG-31-1998), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-31-1998), St Public Notif received (MAY-09-2000)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-1997, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-11-1997), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-11-1997), St Public Notif received (SEP-22-1997)
  • 2 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2002 and AUG-21-2002, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-21-2002), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-21-2002)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2000 and JAN-23-2001, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-14-2000), St Compliance achieved (JAN-23-2001)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between OCT-19-1999 and MAY-09-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-16-2000), St Compliance achieved (MAY-09-2000)
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 28.4%

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Mason City, NE

Mason City compared to Nebraska state average:

  • Median house value significantly 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.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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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.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Mason City travel time to work - commute


Mason City mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (68%)
  • Electricity (22%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Wood (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 57.53%
Here57.5%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChristian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents32.3%23.5%8.5%5.6%4.6%
Congregations29.3%4.9%9.8%9.8%4.9%
NameChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Evangelical Free Church of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Lutheran ChurchOther
Adherents4.4%4.3%3.2%2.9%10.7%
Congregations2.4%4.9%2.4%7.3%24.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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
Custer County:

1.85 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

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

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%
State:

7.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Custer County:

31.1%
State:

28.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.0%
Nebraska:

12.9%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
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$1,291
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$100
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 1$335
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$225
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$56
Water Supply 0$0 1$338
Totals for Government 0$0 7$2,345

Mason City government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $24,000 ($142.86)
    Solid Waste Management: $22,000 ($130.95)
    Water Utilities: $15,000 ($89.29)
    Central Staff Services: $13,000 ($77.38)
    Financial Administration: $10,000 ($59.52)
    Police Protection: $3,000 ($17.86)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($11.90)
    General Public Buildings: $2,000 ($11.90)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($5.95)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $5,000 ($29.76)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $6,000 ($35.71)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $43,000 ($255.95)

Mason City government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $19,000 ($113.10)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $2,000 ($11.90)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $20,000 ($119.05)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($5.95)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $20,000 ($119.05)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $17,000 ($101.19)
    General Support: $7,000 ($41.67)
    All Other: $7,000 ($41.67)
  • Tax - Property: $24,000 ($142.86)
    NEC: $11,000 ($65.48)

Mason City government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $79,000 ($470.24)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $75,000 ($446.43)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $4,000 ($23.81)

Mason City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $51,000 ($303.57)

4.71% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,964 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.71%
Nebraska average:

7.03%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Lancaster County, NE  0.42% ($33,353 average AGI)
from Buffalo County, NE  0.37% ($25,867)
from Dawson County, NE  0.27% ($22,091)


6.79% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,689 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.79%
Nebraska average:

7.41%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Buffalo County, NE  1.03% ($24,419 average AGI)
to Lancaster County, NE  0.74% ($26,290)
to Dawson County, NE  0.36% ($24,867)

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:

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
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 0 meters
Total average daily traffic: 200
Total average daily truck traffic: 20
Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic: 250

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 8
  • Hazardous Condition: 1

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