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Village of Stuart

Village of Stuart:  (402) 924-3647
                               109 W. 1st Street
                               Stuart, NE 68780

Stuart is proud of the fact that it is a thriving community with a wonderful quality of life. With a population of 590, it is located in the north western area of Holt County on Highway 20. Stuart is a great place with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.

On February 15, 1879, John Carberry, an immigrant from Ireland, became the first settler of Stuart, Nebraska. He and his family filed a homestead claim and built a sod house. From this soddie he sold and bartered food, tools and other necessities that he brought from Atkinson. His father-in-law, Peter Stuart, was the first postmaster and our community is his namesake. The Stuart population had grown from a meager 60 in 1882 to 382 in 1883, and is now at 590.

Stuart Community Foundation Fund

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Posted by Nebraska Community Foundation on Monday, July 8, 2019


Commercial Services

Electric motor repair services in city: 1

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

Number of TV channels received without cable: 4
Cable antenna television serves city: Yes
Maximum number of cable channels received: 60

Number of protestant churches: 1
Number of catholic churches: 1

Number of motels and hotels in city: 1
Total number of rooms available: 6

Number of banks in city: 2

Chamber of Commerce: No


Public SchoolsNumber of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher / Student Ratio
Jr. / Sr. High1701:6

Stuart Public School​Stuart Public School District No. 44 covers approximately 125 square miles.  The Class 3 school is accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education.  The elementary school was built in 1954, the junior high school in 1917, and the high school added to the junior high in 1995 and together have a maximum capacity of 168.  The school building and gymnasium are handicap accessible.  One hundred percent of the eighth grade students finish high school, 76 percent of the graduating seniors attend college, and 24 percent enter the labor market or military following graduation.  Vocational/technical preparation programs offered at the school include vocational agriculture and business education.  The Stuart Public School system is a member of the Mid-States Assessment Consortium, the Northern Tier School Consortium, and the Niobrara Valley Conference.

Health Facilities

Health Facilities in the Community

Number of Hospitals in Community1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s)17
Number of Outpatient Clinics9

Medical Personnel in the Community

Medical Doctors / Physician Assistants6
Dentists / Orthodontists1
Nurses (registered or practical)19+
Optometrists / Ophthalmologists1

West Holt Medical Services in Atkinson, 9 miles east, is a 17 bed critical access hospital and rural health clinic offering 24-hour access to inpatient and emergency services with six providers on staff.  With approximately 90 employees, they provide comprehensive, community-based healthcare to residents in north central Nebraska with a full-service hospital, medical clinic (rural health clinic) and an on-campus retail pharmacy. On-site comprehensive diagnostic services and outpatient care make it possible for patients to receive quality healthcare. 

Largest Employers

RankBusiness NameService SectorProduct / ServiceNumber EmployedUnions
1Christensen FarmsAgriculture/FarmingHog Farm185No
2West Holt Memorial HospitalHealth ServicesHospital88No
3Good Samaritan Society/Prairie WindsHealth ServicesNursing Home & Assisted Living75No
4Olson IndustriesManufacturingFabricated Metal Products66No
5Parkside ManorHealth ServicesNursing Home64No
6West Holt Public SchoolsEducation ServicesPublic School62Yes
7Stuart Fertilizer & GrainAgricultureFertilizer and Grain50No
8Mitchell EquipmentOther ServicesFarm Equipment & Repair40No
9Alpha GalvanizingManufacturingGalvanizing Steel Products33No
10Braun's IGA & LockerRetail and Wholesale TradeGroceries, Meat Processing Locker & Bakery31No

Municipal Services

Type of GovernmentMayor-Council
Comprehensive City PlanNo
City ManagerNo
City EngineerYes
City Zoning Ordinance in EffectYes
County Zoning Ordinance in EffectYes
Garbage Service ProviderPrivate
Public Library in CityYes
Percent of Streets Paved75%
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel30
Number Part-Time Police Officers1
Fire Insurance ClassInside City: 6, Outside City: 9


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: $28,334,273 (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 90130
Miles to Nearest Four-Lane HighwayUS Hwy 275 near Battle Creek93

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
Omaha211N/A1 Day
Lincoln230N/A1 Day
Chicago670N/A1-2 Days
Dallas768N/A2-3 Days
Denver476N/A1-2 Days
Kansas City394N/A1-2 Days
Los Angeles1487N/A2-3 Days
Minneapolis449N/A1-2 Days
New York1444N/A3-5 Days
St. Louis644N/A2-3 Days


Distance to nearest public airport5 minutes
Elevation2,130 feet
Length of longest runway4,040 feet
Runway lightedYes
Private aircraft storage availableYes
Private aircraft maintenance availableYes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation135 minutes

Distance to Nearest International Airport

Name of AirportMiles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International224
Kansas City International386
Denver International460


Community served by railroad?No
Distance to Nearest Railroad28 Miles
Functional Piggyback Ramp AvailableNo
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service102 miles
Name of Railroad Serving CommunityNebraska Northeastern Railway Company



State electric power deregulated?No

Electric System Operator

Nebraska Public Power District

Phone: Economic Development – (800) 282-6773 or 24-Hours – (877) 275-6773

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 or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online at Utility information can be found at

Natural Gas

Natural Gas Service AvailableYes
Supplier in CommunityVillage of Stuart
Phone(402) 924-3647


ProviderVillage of Stuart
Major SourceThree wells
If Wells, Average Depth125 feet
Rated Capacity1,400 gallons per minute
Average Capacity50,000 gallons
Peak Demand880,000 gallons
Storage Capacity50,000 gallons
Hardness5.4 grains per gallon
Temperature Range48-56 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Sanitation / Waste Water

Name of ProviderVillage of Stuart
Type of ServiceActivated sludge mechanical treatment plant
Rated Capacity100,000 gallons
Average Daily Demand45,000 gallons
Peak Demand80,000 gallons


Name of Local Service ProviderNortheast Nebraska Telephone Company
Phone(402) 632-4321