Phelps County, Nebraska (NE)

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County population in 2012: 9,215 (58% urban, 42% rural); it was 9,747 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,594
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,125
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,815
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,060 (it was 1,029 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

33%

Land area: 540 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 17 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Phelps County: 79.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (38.8%), Educational, health and social services (21.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 24%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 60%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Phelps County, Nebraska:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.1%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
Nebraska median age:  36.0 years
Males: 4,545  (52.0%)
Females: 4,643  (48.0%)

Phelps County,NE real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Phelps County:

2.0 people
Nebraska:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $49,775 ($37,319 in 1999)

This county:

$49775
Nebraska:

$51440

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $438 (lower quartile is $357, upper quartile is $544)
This county:

$438
State:

$574


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $104,398 (it was $71,400 in 2000)
Phelps:

$104,398
Nebraska:

$132,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $69,921 - $159,114
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $990
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $447

Institutionalized population: 230

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Phelps County, NE map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 8 buildings, average cost: $184,500
  • 2008: 30 buildings, average cost: $155,200
  • 2009: 9 buildings, average cost: $208,300

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,676 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,638 (1.6%)

Phelps County household income distribution in 2009 Phelps County home values distribution Phelps County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.1%
(9.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for Black residents, 7.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 63.6% for American Indian residents, 7.7% for other race residents, 6.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.3%
Phelps County:

9.3%
Nebraska:

13.2%
(9.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for Black residents, 8.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 73.7% for American Indian residents, 4.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 20 years old, American Indian residents: 38 years old, Asian residents: 46 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 72 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Phelps County is $412 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $542 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $693 a month.

Cities in this county include: Holdrege, Bertrand, Loomis, Funk, Atlanta.

Phelps County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Phelps County: Linder Stock Farms (A), McClymont Feed Yard (B), Wac (C), Hi-Line Golf Course (D), Becton Dickinson Emergency Medical Response Team (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Phelps County include: Emmaus Free Church (A), Adullam Church (B), Holcomb Church (C), Salem Church (D), Moses Hill Church (E), Williamsburg Church (F), Westmark Evangelical Free Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Shaw Cemetery (1), Fridhem Cemetery (2), Bethel Cemetery (3), Prairie Cemetery (4), Prairie Home Cemetery (5), Platte Valley Cemetery (6), Highland Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Moses Hill Lagoon (A), Johnson Reservoir (B), Richardson Lagoon (C), Atlanta Marsh (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Sacramento Creek (A), Whisky Slough (B), Plum Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Phelps County include: Atlanta Marsh National Wildlife Management A (1), Funk Federal Waterfowl Production Area (2), Jones Federal Waterfowl Production Area (3), Johnson Federal Waterfowl Production Area (4), Lynder Federal Waterfowl Production Area (5), Cottonwood Federal Waterfowl Production Area (6), Historic Platte Valley Historical Marker (7), Atlanta Prisoner of War Camp Historical Marker (8), Site of Old Sacramento Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Buffalo County , Dawson County , Franklin County , Furnas County , Gosper County , Harlan County , Kearney County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.0%
Nebraska:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 227
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 89.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 82 (71% naturalized citizens)

Phelps County:

0.8%
Whole state:

4.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 17
  • 1990 to 1994: 38
  • 1985 to 1989: 11
  • 1980 to 1984: 1
  • 1975 to 1979: 11
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1965 to 1969: 2

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 85.0%

Phelps County marital status for males Phelps County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Phelps County with a mortgage: 1,210 (79 second mortgage, 102 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,133

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Phelps County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,12114
Mainline Protestant2,5359
Catholic5271
Other1242
None2,881-
Phelps County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Phelps County:

3.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Phelps County:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

4.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Phelps County:

8.3%
Nebraska:

7.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Phelps County:

29.5%
State:

28.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.2%
State:

12.9%

Agriculture in Phelps County:

Average size of farms: 779 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $726,127
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $319.07
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 74.37%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $660,644
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 74.88%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 90.88%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $205,673
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 75.53%
Average age of principal farm operators: 50 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 43.67
Corn for grain: 153394 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 3662 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 102895 harvested acres
Vegetables: 14 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Phelps County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Nebraska state average. It is 2230820.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/15/1960, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 3 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Phelps County-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 638.1 miles away from Phelps County 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 345.4 miles away from the county 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 159.8 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 257.6 miles away from the county center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 284.5 miles away from Phelps County 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 81.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Phelps County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (56%)
  • Korea (15%)
  • Haiti (13%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Yugoslavia (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Phelps County (%):

  • German (37%)
  • Swedish (23%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (7%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • Polish (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)

Phelps County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,851 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 511 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 14 (0%)
  • Walked: 225 (5%)
  • Other means: 18 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 268 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

254 people in nursing homes
4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

People in group quarters in Phelps County, Nebraska in 2010:

  • 182 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 48 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 19 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $60,506.

5.87% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,531 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.87%
Nebraska average:

6.38%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.33% relocated from other counties in Nebraska ($22,632 average AGI)
1.55% relocated from other states ($8,900 average AGI)
Phelps County:

1.55%
Nebraska average:

2.71%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Buffalo County, NE  0.96% ($32,794 average AGI)
from Kearney County, NE  0.51% ($29,722)
from Harlan County, NE  0.37% ($36,538)
from Lancaster County, NE  0.31% ($17,636)


6.74% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,942 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.74%
Nebraska average:

6.57%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.82% relocated to other counties in Nebraska ($22,504 average AGI)
1.92% relocated to other states ($13,438 average AGI)
Phelps County:

1.92%
Nebraska average:

2.88%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Buffalo County, NE  1.09% ($28,949 average AGI)
to Lancaster County, NE  0.67% ($22,750)
to Douglas County, NE  0.39% ($47,000)
to Harlan County, NE  0.33% ($42,417)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.0

Births per 1000 population in Phelps County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Phelps County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 2.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Phelps County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,861 (1,670 aged, 191 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 10.38
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15749.58
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 311.460
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 29962.62

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1142.980
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1375.810
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.58

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 50.46
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 148.160

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 21.17

Household type by relationship:

Households: 8,939

Size of family households: 1,329 2-persons, 483 3-persons, 403 4-persons, 194 5-persons, 102 6-persons, 33 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,105 1-person, 111 2-persons, 13 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 1 6-persons.

2,107 married couples with children.
390 single-parent households (102 men, 288 women).

96.8% of residents of Phelps County speak English at home.
2.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 29% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $62,880,000 ($6528 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $495,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $26,392,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $10,593,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $13,785,000
Federal grants: $9,228,000
Federal procurement contracts: $698,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,184,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $594,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,282,000
Federal Government insurance: $79,201,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 577
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 589
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -277
Here -29 per 1000 residents
State -15 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Phelps County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.33 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 22
  • 2000 to 2004: 181
  • 1990 to 1999: 306
  • 1980 to 1989: 323
  • 1970 to 1979: 717
  • 1960 to 1969: 396
  • 1950 to 1959: 478
  • 1940 to 1949: 268
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,453
Rooms in houses/apartments in Phelps County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 49
  • 4 rooms: 210
  • 5 rooms: 531
  • 6 rooms: 486
  • 7 rooms: 435
  • 8 rooms: 505
  • 9+ rooms: 599
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 63
  • 3 rooms: 161
  • 4 rooms: 222
  • 5 rooms: 211
  • 6 rooms: 134
  • 7 rooms: 101
  • 8 rooms: 64
  • 9+ rooms: 73
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Phelps County, Nebraska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 53
  • 2 bedrooms: 657
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,114
  • 4 bedrooms: 730
  • 5+ bedrooms: 261
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 257
  • 2 bedrooms: 378
  • 3 bedrooms: 246
  • 4 bedrooms: 109
  • 5+ bedrooms: 39
Cars and other vehicles available in Phelps County, Nebraska in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 59
  • 1 vehicle: 500
  • 2 vehicles: 1,285
  • 3 vehicles: 640
  • 4 vehicles: 253
  • 5+ vehicles: 78
  • no vehicle: 85
  • 1 vehicle: 410
  • 2 vehicles: 357
  • 3 vehicles: 97
  • 4 vehicles: 45
  • 5+ vehicles: 35

63% of Phelps County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in Nebraska.

Phelps County:

63.0%
State average:

55.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $46,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Phelps County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (76.0%)
  • Electricity (16.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (61.4%)
  • Electricity (23.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Wood (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 52
Here:

4.4%
Nebraska:

14.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 12
Here:

1.8%
Nebraska:

10.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 17
Here:

8.8%
Nebraska:

20.0%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Phelps County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $459,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $1,219,000
    Regular Highways: $1,017,000
    Financial Administration: $288,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $283,000
    Police Protection: $270,000
    Corrections - Other: $196,000
    Central Staff Services: $189,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $130,000
    Libraries: $122,000
    General Public Buildings: $79,000
    Welfare, Cash Assistance - Other: $14,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $5,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $566,000
    Police Protection: $58,000
    General - Other: $28,000
    Judicial: $14,000
    Financial Administration: $7,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $4,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,000
    General Public Building: $2,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,429,000

Phelps County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $160,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $12,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $8,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $185,000
    Interest Earnings: $178,000
    Property Sale Other: $153,000
    Special Assessments: $39,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $707,000
    General Support: $193,000
    All Other: $99,000
    Public Welfare: $25,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,425,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $400,000
    NEC: $105,000
    Total General Sales: $9,000

Phelps County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,180,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Phelps County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Phelps County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Phelps County, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Carl6683.5 years
John6478.0 years
Robert5573.0 years
Ruth5282.0 years
Mary4682.6 years
Esther4484.3 years
William4479.5 years
Dorothy4178.0 years
Helen3684.4 years
Harold3579.8 years
Most common last names in Phelps County, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson17780.4 years
Anderson11381.7 years
Peterson7982.5 years
Nelson7581.0 years
Carlson5382.6 years
Erickson3780.5 years
Olson3777.9 years
Larson3082.9 years
Smith2975.9 years
Swanson2983.1 years
Businesses in Phelps County, NE
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1McDonald's1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx1Super 81
Ford1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1UPS1
Lane Furniture1YMCA1