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Population in 2012: 165 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -19.1%
 

Males: 73  (44.8%)
Females: 92  (55.2%)

Median resident age:  43.5 years
Kansas median age:  32.8 years

Zip codes: 66408.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $44,094 (it was $40,417 in 2000)
Bern:

$44,094
KS:

$50,241
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,613

Bern city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $61,884 (it was $32,800 in 2000)
Bern:

$61,884
KS:

$130,100
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $49,351; Detached houses: $51,869; Mobile homes: $5,916

Median gross rent in 2012: $383.

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  • White alone - 151 (91.0%)
  • Hispanic - 10 (6.0%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (2.4%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.6%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bern: 78.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (22.1%), Swiss (11.7%), English (8.7%), Irish (6.9%), Norwegian (5.6%), United States (4.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1281 feet

Land area: 0.27 square miles.

Population density: 606 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Bern:

  • High school or higher: 87.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bern city:

  • Never married: 13.8%
  • Now married: 73.2%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 6.5%
  • Divorced: 4.3%

8 residents are foreign born

This city:  4.2%
Kansas:  5.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $867 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $394 (0.9%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Joseph, MO (61.9 miles , pop. 73,990).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Lincoln, NE (69.4 miles , pop. 225,581).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (452.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Du Bois, NE (2.5 miles) , Oneida, KS (2.6 miles) , Sabetha, KS (3.2 miles ), Seneca, KS (3.2 miles ), Dawson, NE (3.7 miles ), Baileyville, KS (3.7 miles) , Humboldt, NE (3.7 miles ), Pawnee City, NE (3.8 miles ).

Latitude: 39.96 N, Longitude: 95.97 W

Bern household income distribution Bern home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.7%
Kansas:

6.1%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +6 (+3.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (27%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (21%)
  • Other services, except public administration (20%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (2%)
  • Accommodation and food services (36%)
  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (12%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10%)
  • Top executives (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (6%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (8%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (8%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (6%)

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Average climate in Bern, Kansas

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Tornado activity:

Bern-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Kansas state average. It is 186% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/6/1962, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 32.3 miles away from the Bern city center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/18/1959, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 21.1 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bern-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Kansas state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 51.4 miles away from the city center
On 3/23/2007 at 08:15:49, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 48.1 miles away from Bern center
On 2/11/1995 at 05:54:10, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 65.6 miles away from the city center
On 5/13/1999 at 14:18:22, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 90.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Nemaha County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Bern:

  • SABETHA MANOR (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; SABETHA, KS)
  • LAKESIDE TERRACE (Hospital, about 10 miles away; SABETHA, KS)
  • NEMAHA COUNTY HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; SABETHA, KS)

Political contributions by individuals in Bern, KS

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bern:

  • Kansas State University (about 63 miles; Manhattan, KS; Full-time enrollment: 18,850)
  • Northwest Missouri State University (about 64 miles; Maryville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,793)
  • Missouri Western State University (about 65 miles; Saint Joseph, MO; FT enrollment: 4,088)
  • Washburn University (about 66 miles; Topeka, KS; FT enrollment: 4,484)
  • Southeast Community College Area (about 68 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 6,591)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 71 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 20,702)
  • University of Kansas (about 80 miles; Lawrence, KS; FT enrollment: 24,411)

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Public elementary/middle school in Bern:

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Notable locations in Bern: Lortscher Agricultural Service Grain Elevator Number 1 (A), Nemaha County Rural Fire District 4 (B), Bern Community Library (C), Bern City Hall (D), Bern Community Center (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bern and their reported violations in the past:

BERN, CITY OF (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2000 and JUL-03-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-03-2000)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.0%
(2.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 79.2% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.0 people
Kansas:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  55.6%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  4.9%
Whole state:  5.8%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Bern, KS

Bern compared to Kansas state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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Banks with branches in Bern (2011 data):

  • The State Bank of Bern: The State Bank Of Bern at 402 Main St, branch established on 1889/05/04. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $72.9 mil, Deposits: $61.9 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 2 total offices, Holding Company: Bern Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Bern travel time to work - commute


Bern mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (68%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Utility gas (6%)
  • Wood (5%)
  • Other fuel (5%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Bern city (based on Nemaha County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 89.12%
Here89.1%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist Church Inc. Apostolic Christian Church of AmericaConservative Congregational Christian ConferenceUnited Church of Christ
Adherents60.0%13.5%7.5%5.4%4.8%
Congregations25.9%29.6%7.4%3.7%7.4%
NameLutheran ChurchLDS (Mormon) Church The Wesleyan ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAOther
Adherents3.4%2.1%0.9%0.9%1.4%
Congregations3.7%3.7%3.7%3.7%11.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

6.88 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Nemaha County:

5.90 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Nemaha County:

10.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.7%
State:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

26.8%
Kansas:

27.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Nemaha County:

22.1%
Kansas:

13.4%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$100
Water Supply 0$0 1$360
Totals for Government 0$0 2$460

Bern government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $42,000 ($254.55)
    Water Utilities: $32,000 ($193.94)
    General - Other: $15,000 ($90.91)
    Sewerage: $2,000 ($12.12)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $0 ($0.00)

Bern government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $10,000 ($60.61)
    Sewerage: $7,000 ($42.42)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($42.42)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $39,000 ($236.36)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,000 ($36.36)
    General Support: $2,000 ($12.12)
  • Tax - Property: $22,000 ($133.33)
    Public Utilities: $8,000 ($48.48)

Bern government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $281,000 ($1703.03)

4.74% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,433 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.74%
Kansas average:

7.39%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Brown County, KS  0.56% ($25,864 average AGI)
from Marshall County, KS  0.53% ($27,762)
from Shawnee County, KS  0.46% ($40,167)


6.51% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,626 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.51%
Kansas average:

7.67%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Shawnee County, KS  0.87% ($27,686 average AGI)
to Brown County, KS  0.75% ($29,533)
to Johnson County, KS  0.52% ($26,238)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bern:

  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KKHK (1250 AM; 25 kW; KANSAS CITY, KS)
  • WIBW (580 AM; 5 kW; TOPEKA, KS; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KTNC (1230 AM; 1 kW; FALLS CITY, NE; Owner: C.R. COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KFEQ (680 AM; 5 kW; ST. JOSEPH, MO; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KCMO (710 AM; 10 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: SUSQUEHANNA KANSAS CITY PARTNERSHIP)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KYFR (920 AM; 5 kW; SHENANDOAH, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bern:

  • KMZA (92.1 FM; SENECA, KS; Owner: KNZA, INC.)
  • K219CE (91.7 FM; FALLS CITY, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMM.)
  • KLZA (101.3 FM; FALLS CITY, NE; Owner: KNZA, INC)

TV broadcast stations around Bern:

  • K46FG (Channel 46; FALLS CITY, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA EDTV COMMISSION)


FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Lat: 39.962167 Lon: -95.973861, Call Sign: WQME926
    Assigned Frequencies: 462.412 MHz, 467.412 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/21/2010, Expiration Date: 07/21/2020, Certifier: Brent Lortschler Mr
    Registrant: Haug Communications Inc, 622 Neptune Drive, Seneca, KS 66538, Phone: (785) 336-3579, Fax: (785) 336-3400, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

4
  • Bern KS Nth, Lat: 39.962833 Lon: -95.970639, Type: Tower, Structure height: 19.8 m, Overall height: 21.3 m, Call Sign: WQMR393
    Assigned Frequencies: 3666.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/28/2010, Expiration Date: 10/28/2020, Certifier: Dennis J Haug Mr
    Registrant: Haug Communications, Inc., 12645 County Rd 447, St.Joseph, MO 64505, Phone: (816) 279-6535, Fax: (816) 279-0749, Email:
  • Bern KS East, Lat: 39.962833 Lon: -95.970639, Type: Tower, Structure height: 19.8 m, Overall height: 21.3 m, Call Sign: WQMR393
    Assigned Frequencies: 3656.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/28/2010, Expiration Date: 10/28/2020, Certifier: Dennis J Haug Mr
    Registrant: Haug Communications, Inc., 12645 County Rd 447, St.Joseph, MO 64505, Phone: (816) 279-6535, Fax: (816) 279-0749, Email:
  • Bern KS South, Lat: 39.962833 Lon: -95.970639, Type: Tower, Structure height: 19.8 m, Overall height: 21.3 m, Call Sign: WQMR393
    Assigned Frequencies: 3666.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/28/2010, Expiration Date: 10/28/2020, Certifier: Dennis J Haug Mr
    Registrant: Haug Communications, Inc., 12645 County Rd 447, St.Joseph, MO 64505, Phone: (816) 279-6535, Fax: (816) 279-0749, Email:
  • Bern KS West, Lat: 39.962833 Lon: -95.970639, Type: Tower, Structure height: 19.8 m, Overall height: 21.3 m, Call Sign: WQMR393
    Assigned Frequencies: 3656.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/28/2010, Expiration Date: 10/28/2020, Certifier: Dennis J Haug Mr
    Registrant: Haug Communications, Inc., 12645 County Rd 447, St.Joseph, MO 64505, Phone: (816) 279-6535, Fax: (816) 279-0749, Email:

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-125 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 97 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-290 SERIES (140 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 1253A , Serial Number: 18-1049, Year manufactured: 1951, Airworthiness Date: 12/28/1960
    Registrant (Individual): Terry Gale Tegtmeier, 3081 State Highway 63, Bern, KS 66408
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA32-301FT (Category: Land, Seats: 7, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING TI0-540 SER (310 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 524KC , Serial Number: 3232030, Year manufactured: 2004, Airworthiness Date: 07/21/2004
    Registrant (Corporation): Midstates Aircraft Leasing LLC, 225 West St S, Bern, KS 66408


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 6
  • Hazardous Condition: 1


Most common first names in Bern, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William680.5 years
Raymond585.3 years
George479.0 years
Fred485.0 years
Minnie490.2 years
Albert377.6 years
Charles377.3 years
Emma380.6 years
Roy371.4 years
Florence284.5 years
Most common last names in Bern, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Ehrsam984.0 years
Meyer781.6 years
Lear678.3 years
Strahm681.5 years
Baumgartner585.4 years
Gugelman483.5 years
Edelman474.3 years
Nusbaum486.8 years
Ulmer483.2 years
Cox384.7 years
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