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Waverly, Nebraska nestles its small city charm in Lancaster County. Consisting of less than one square mile, Waverly thrives and has emerged as one of Nebraska’s premier cities, welcoming new residents who are arriving at a rapid pace. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Waverly, NE was home to just 2,448 residents in 2000. In 2008, the estimated population was 3,199, an increase of 30.7 percent. Due to the rapid growth of Waverly, the Waverly Plan was created to establish a unified and compelling vision for the community and outline the steps necessary to achieve, and maintain, Waverly's goals.
Waverly, Nebraska is located between Lincoln and Omaha. The East Cornhusker Highway, also known as US 6, runs through the middle of Waverly, providing easy access to the Interstate 80 exchange, just four miles southwest of the town. Many of Waverly's residents commute. Manufacturing is the largest employment sector for Waverly’s residents, with over 25 percent of Waverly’s workforce employed in manufacturing jobs, mainly with Lenco, Linweld, National Crane, and Novartis, the area's major employers.
The City of Waverly is divided into three distinct neighborhoods: Midtown Waverly extends south and east of the downtown; the North Waverly district is almost exclusively single family residential homes; South Waverly boasts a relatively recent housing stock, and it is the most likely area for new subdivision development. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and US 6 both bisect the city, creating neighborhood divisions. The railroad corridor creates special challenges for cross-town traffic movement as there are only three track crossings for the high traffic railway.
While Waverly will not likely become a major commercial center because of its proximity to Lincoln, the city prides itself on retaining the small-town atmosphere of a typical Midwestern city. Residential use makes up the largest proportion of developed land within Waverly’s city limits, and commercial and industrial development is located primarily along the US Highway 6 and Burlington Northern railway corridor on the northeast and southwest edges of the town.
Waverly, Nebraska maintains three beautiful city parks and is developing a new 37-acre site that will include ball fields, soccer fields, and other facilities for city residents. The nearby Mahoney State Park in Ashland offers year-round recreation in 690 acres along the picturesque Platte River. The Strategic Air and Space Museum and Wildlife Safari, both in Ashland, are also popular regional attractions.
Waverly, NE maintains a Fire and Rescue Department. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is responsible for maintaining peace and law enforcement within Waverly. There are no hospitals within Waverly city limits, but the Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital,Lincoln Surgical Hospital, and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital are located in nearby Lincoln.
Education in Waverly, Nebraska is provided by School District 145, which also serves the communities of Alvo, Eagle, Prairie Home, and Walton. Opportunities for Waverly residents to attend local colleges and universities abound with Bellevue University -Lincoln Campus, Brylan LGH College of Health Sciences, the College of St. Mary's, Doane College – Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan, Southeast Community College – Lincoln, Union College, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln all within easy driving distance of Waverly.
From Waverly's humble roots as a railroad depot village incorporated in 1885, the community has grown into an attractive place to raise a family, with residents who take pride in their city. The railroad depot, the social center of Waverly in 1880's, still stands today and it is practically unchanged.