Community Overview

From it’s humble beginnings of wild hay production, Emmet, NE remains a small community with a big heart.

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Emmet was founded in 1882 on the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad. It was named after Irish nationalist Robert Emmet. Currently, the population is 48 and is described as a town with good people, good land, and good clean air — three reasons people choose to live here.

Like much of Holt County, the Emmet area is well suited for production of wild hay. Early settlers cut it as a cash crop. In the 1920’s, the Emmet-Elkhorn Valley Hay Company was founded. It’s name was later abbreviated to the Emmet Hay Company. The community describes itself as the “Biggest Little Haytown in the World”.

Commercial Services

These community services are located in O’Neill, 8 miles away, and Atkinson, 10 miles away. There is an active Chamber of Commerce in both of these towns.

Machine shops in city: 5
Electric motor repair services in city: 2

Type of newspaper in city: Weekly
Local radio station(s): 3

Number of TV channels received without cable: 1
Cable antenna television serves city: Yes

Number of banks in city: 6

Number of protestant churches: 20
Number of catholic churches: 3

Number of motels and hotels in city: 6
Total number of rooms available: 185

Chamber of Commerce: No
Chamber executive is full-time: No

Health Facilities

Health Facilities in the Community

Number of Hospitals in Community2
Number of Beds in Hospital(s)43
Number of Outpatient Clinics28

Medical Personnel in the Community

Medical Doctors / Physician Assistants16
Dentists / Orthodontists6
Nurses (registered or practical)97
Optometrists / Ophthalmologists4

Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital is in O’Neill, 8 miles away. West Holt Memorial Hospital is in Atkinson, 10 miles away. Both hospitals have up-to-date facilities with a variety of clinics available, surgery, cardiac care, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and an intensive care unit. There is also a nursing home and assisted living in each town. Valley Hope, a 75 bed drug and alcohol treatment center, is located in O’Neill.

Largest Employers

RankBusiness NameService SectorProduct / ServiceNumber EmployedUnions
2St. Anthony's HospitalHealth ServicesHospital/Clinic280No
1Christensen FarmsHog Operation FeedlotFeedlot185No
3O'Neill Public SchoolsEducationSchool125Yes
4Holt CountyGovernmentCounty Government100No
5Elkhorn River FarmsOther ServicesPotato Plant95No
6West Holt Memorial HospitalHealth ServicesHospital84No
7Good Samaritan SocietyHealth ServicesNursing Home / Assisted Living75No
8Golden Living CenterHealth ServicesNursing Home / Assisted Living70No
9Olson IndustriesManufacturingManufacturing66No
10West Holt Public SchoolsEducationSchool63Yes

Municipal Services

Type of GovernmentVillage Board
Comprehensive City PlanNo
City ManagerNo
City EngineerNo
City Zoning Ordinance in EffectNo
County Zoning Ordinance in EffectYes
Garbage Service ProviderPrivate
Public Library in CityNo
Percent of Streets Paved96%
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel39
Fire Insurance ClassInside City: 5, Outside City: 8-9

Emmet is 8 miles from O’Neill, the county seat of Holt County. The O’Neill Public Library in O’Neill contains 37,574 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 101,919. The library is part of the Nebraska Interlibrary Book Loan Program. Books and records for the blind are provided and six computers are available to library patrons. Story hour is held during the summer months and other special times during the year.

The Atkinson Public Library, 10 miles away, contains 45,800 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 32,113. The library resources include 16 wireless network computers, green wireless Internet access/WiFi, online database, online circulation, die cut machine/dies, continuing education meeting room, LCN projector and screen, overhead projector, scanner, fax machine, interlibrary loan services, wireless color/gray scale printer, wireless copy machine, microfilm reader/printer, and big screen TV/DVD. Library activities include author book signings, book talks, humanities programs, summer story time, computer classes, sewing and quilting classes, book packet delivery to nine local daycares, school visits, National Library Week, Bub Blake Memorial Photo Show, Friends of the Library Art Show, annual fun run, annual holiday silent auction, biannual garden walk, and dinner theatre.

Emmet has approximately 2.5 miles of streets; 2 miles are hard-surfaced with black top. Twenty percent of the streets have sidewalks. Street maintenance includes grading, oiling streets, and mowing the edges. Fire protection for Emmet is provided by the Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department with 23 EMT certified and 5 certified paramedics. The department has up-to-date equipment including 3 ambulances. Contemplated changes in the department include updating equipment in order to accommodate the addition of industrial and residential areas.


General Population Stats

AreaCensus Year: 2010Census Year: 2014% Change
Holt County10,43510,403-0.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, July 2014

County Age Distribution (2014)

Age0-1920-2425-4445-6465-8485+ Total% Split
Male1,3682541,0201,5348331355,14449.4 %
Female1,3582179641,5239622355,25950.6 %
Total2,7264711,9843,0571,795370 10,403
Median Age (2014): 45.2
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released July 2014.

Tax Structure

Actual Valuation of City: $1,458,505 (Year 2015)

Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value)

CityCountySchoolOtherTotal Real Property

Bond Indebtedness


All real property is subject to tax at market value. Agricultural land is valued at 72 percent of its market value. Personal property that is used in a trade or business and is depreciable is subject to tax at its “net book value. All other personal property is exempt from taxation.


Number & Type of Roads Serving Community

Type of RoadFederalStateCounty
Interstate Highways
Limited Access, Four-Lane Highways
Improved Two-Lane Highways1

Nearest Highways

Highway NameMiles
Miles to Nearest Interstate HighwayInterstate 80115
Miles to Nearest Four-Lane HighwayUS Highway 281 near Grand Island100

Motor Freight Carriers

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

Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots

DestinationDistance by Highway MilesDays by RailroadDays by Motor Freight
Omaha201N/A1 Day
Lincoln220N/A1 Day
Chicago669N/A1-2 Days
Dallas758N/A2-3 Days
Denver486N/A1-2 Days
Kansas City384N/A1-2 Days
Los Angeles1497N/A2-3 Days
Minneapolis440N/A1-2 Days
New York1433N/A3-5 Days
St. Louis635N/A2-3 Days


Distance to nearest public airport10 minutes
Elevation2,031 feet
Length of longest runway4,400 feet
Runway lightedYes
Private aircraft storage availableYes
Private aircraft maintenance availableYes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation121 minutes

Distance to Nearest International Airport

Name of AirportMiles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International205
Kansas City International367
Denver International449

John L Baker Field, facility, 10 miles away, includes 2 runways, 100 low lead fuel, beacon, VOR, overnight hangar storage, overnight lodging, next day air freight, wind sock, wind tee, major and minor repair, tie down, terminal, and automated weather service.


Community served by railroad?No
Distance to Nearest Railroad8 Miles
Functional Piggyback Ramp AvailableNo
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service83 miles



State electric power deregulated?No
Wholesale SupplierNebraska Public Power District

Electric System Operator

Nebraska Public Power District

Phone: Economic Development – (800) 282-6773 or 24-Hours – (877) 275-6773
Website: www.nppd.com
Email: econdev@nppd.com

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 econdev@nppd.com or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online at www.nppd.com. Utility information can be found at www.nppd.com.

Additional Comments:
Emmet is provided electric service by NPPD’s 12.5 kV substation with one incoming feed at 12.5 kV and one outgoing feed at a voltage of 4.16kV. Three 150 kVA transformers supply the community. These substations are tied into the statewide grid system.

Natural Gas

Natural Gas Service AvailableYes
Supplier in CommunityBlack Hills Energy


Municipal water systems are not available in Emmet. Individual wells provide water to residents.

Sanitation / Waste Water

Name of ProviderVillage of Emmet
Type of ServiceLagoon

Emmet has a municipal sanitary sewerage system with a two-cell lagoon system.


Name of Local Service ProviderCenturyLink

Emmet’s telecommunications services are provided by CenturyLink with Local Exchange Service, DSL, Telecommunications Services including, but not limited to, business lines, long distance, frame relay, MPLS, private line, Internet, Voice & Date Equipment, and professional services.  Technicians and networking personnel reside in O’Neill, providing 24-hour on -call service.