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Crete is somewhat of an anomaly in that we support industry and a private college.  Doane College was established in 1871 and was the first liberal arts and science college in Nebraska.  The college is ranked #1 in Nebraska and 59th in nation by FORBES.com.
Four major manufacturers call Crete home.  Bunge Milling is the leading corn dry miller in the world with operations in North and South America.   Smithfiled Farmland, located just outside city limits, employs approximately 2,050 people.  A member of the Smithfield family of companies is a large scale pork processing plant.  Nestle Purina produces a wide variety of pet foods with a commitment to make pets lives better.  Crete Core Ingredients is a fresh and frozen supplier of ingredients to the pet food industry, specializing in novel and premium meats, fruits and vegetables.

In addition to a liberal arts college and three major manufacturers, Crete is only a 10-minute drive from an 800+ acre tallgrass habitat preserve - Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.  It is a hub for tallgrass prairie research and visited often by nationally-known poets, artists, photographers and psychologists.  It also is an excellent community resource for education programs and family fun.  For more information: www.springcreekprairie.org

Spring Creek WildFlowers



 Interesting Crete census facts:
  • Current population 6,960 - 15% increase from previous census
  • Largest percent of Crete residents are female (52%)
  • Residents consist of 70% White and 35% Latino/Hispanic
  • 74.8% of residents over 25 are High School graduates
  • 51.9% of housing in Crete is owner/occupied
  • The medium value of owner/occupied housing is $97,200
  • Only 18.6% persons are below poverty level
  • Unemployment rate for Crete is 3.5%
  • 1,751 students are enrolled in the Public School system with a 96% attendance rate
  • Ethnicity of enrolled students from PreK to 12th grade consists of 49% White and 45% Hispanic/Latino
  • 89% of Senior class will attend post-secondary schools
  • Doane College has an enrollment of 1,068 for the 2011-2012 school year
  • In 2010 Doane awarded 173 Bachelor degrees
  • Crete is the home to 3 major manufacturers:  Bunge Milling, Douglas Manufacturing, Smithfield Farmland and Nestle Purina.