Kearney, Nebraska

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Population in 2014: 32,469 (99% urban, 1% rural). Population change since 2000: +18.4%
 
Males: 15,916  (49.0%)
Females: 16,553  (51.0%)
Median resident age:  29.0 years
Nebraska median age:  36.3 years

Zip codes: 68849.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,074 (it was $34,829 in 2000)
Kearney:

$46,074
NE:

$51,440

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,107 (it was $17,713 in 2000)

Kearney city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $146,177 (it was $89,300 in 2000)
Kearney:

$146,177
NE:

$132,700

Median gross rent in 2013: $702.

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  • Races in Kearney, NE (2013)

    Kearney races chart
    • 27,80186.9%White alone
    • 2,6008.1%Hispanic
    • 5081.6%Asian alone
    • 4911.5%Two or more races
    • 4121.3%Black alone
    • 1910.6%Other race alone
    • 400.1%American Indian alone

Races in Kearney detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Kearney: 80.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (36.2%), Irish (12.5%), English (7.3%), Swedish (5.2%), Czech (3.3%), United States (3.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/3/1873

Elevation: 2153 feet

Land area: 11.0 square miles.

Population density: 2,957 people per square mile   (average).

Kearney, Nebraska map

For population 25 years and over in Kearney:

  • High school or higher: 94.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 34.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.2%
  • Unemployed: 3.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Kearney city:

  • Never married: 38.6%
  • Now married: 47.0%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 3.4%
  • Divorced: 9.8%

695 residents are foreign born (1.4% Latin America, 0.7% Asia, 0.3% Europe).

This city:

2.5%
Nebraska:

4.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,480 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,278 (1.6%)

Kearney satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lincoln, NE (126.3 miles , pop. 225,581).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (561.0 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Glenwood, NE (1.9 miles ), Riverdale, NE (2.7 miles ), Odessa, NE (3.0 miles) , Gibbon, NE (3.6 miles ), Amherst, NE (3.7 miles ), Axtell, NE (3.9 miles ), Elm Creek, NE (3.9 miles ), Minden, NE (3.9 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 91 buildings, average cost: $130,400
  • 1998: 104 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 1999: 102 buildings, average cost: $154,900
  • 2000: 141 buildings, average cost: $176,300
  • 2001: 156 buildings, average cost: $142,200
  • 2002: 199 buildings, average cost: $144,800
  • 2003: 257 buildings, average cost: $141,700
  • 2004: 383 buildings, average cost: $99,400
  • 2005: 185 buildings, average cost: $146,700
  • 2006: 157 buildings, average cost: $161,800
  • 2007: 104 buildings, average cost: $178,200
  • 2008: 94 buildings, average cost: $190,700
  • 2009: 74 buildings, average cost: $161,300
  • 2010: 73 buildings, average cost: $192,000
  • 2011: 107 buildings, average cost: $168,000
  • 2012: 138 buildings, average cost: $189,500
  • 2013: 140 buildings, average cost: $190,200
  • 2014: 145 buildings, average cost: $225,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 40.70 N, Longitude: 99.08 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,811 (+5.7%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 13,976 (76.5%)

Area code: 308

Kearney household income distribution Kearney home values distribution

Crime rates in Kearney by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 0000001000100
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.03.30.00.00.03.20.00.0
Rapes 1559132261514109151617
per 100,000 54.117.831.845.175.620.249.245.531.829.047.849.852.3
Robberies 4634365332356
per 100,000 14.421.410.613.910.320.216.49.89.56.49.615.618.5
Assaults 54695840315944464934233560
per 100,000 194.8245.8204.7138.7106.5199.0144.4149.5155.9109.573.3109.0184.5
Burglaries 23218411412714213912915111212911813488
per 100,000 837.0655.4402.3440.5487.7468.8423.3490.9356.3415.3375.9417.3270.7
Thefts 1,000855750722745796678834734714733663566
per 100,000 3,607.63,045.62,646.42,504.32,558.82,684.52,225.02,711.42,334.92,298.62,335.02,064.61,740.8
Auto thefts 41503627372538342618162820
per 100,000 147.9178.1127.093.7127.184.3124.7110.582.757.951.087.261.5
Arson 121065512614134956
per 100,000 43.335.621.217.317.240.519.745.541.412.928.715.618.5
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 287.5) 279.8233.8198.4191.7214.9194.0193.5205.1171.2160.3172.6171.9165.1

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Kearney detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 64 (51 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.57
Nebraska average:

1.95

Kearney tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.0%
Nebraska:

2.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +2,438 (+9.8%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (25%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Kearney: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Kearney, Nebraska

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Tornado activity:

Kearney-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Nebraska state average. It is 101% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/6/1956, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 18.7 miles away from the Kearney city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1964, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 38.8 miles away from the city center killed 4 people and injured 50 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Kearney-area historical earthquake activity is near Nebraska state average. It is 57% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 646.0 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 355.5 miles away from Kearney center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 143.3 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 243.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/20/2002 at 04:29:40, a magnitude 3.5 (3.3 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 60.8 miles away from Kearney center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 303.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Buffalo County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 9, Tornadoes: 4, Snows: 3, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Kearney topographic map

Birthplace of: Andy Pessoa - Actor, Dale E. Wolf - Politician, Drew Anderson - Baseball player, James A. Lake - Professor of Molecular, Kyle Larson - 2005 NFL player (Cincinnati Bengals, born: Sep 2, 1980), George Crable - Baseball player, John Walter Ehle - Army Medal of Honor recipient, Scotty Bierce - Player of Football.

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Kearney: John Walter Ehle.

Main business address for: BUCKLE INC (RETAIL-FAMILY CLOTHING STORES).

Hospitals and medical centers in Kearney:

  • GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Church, provides emergency services, P O BOX 1990, 10 EAST 31ST ST)
  • RICHARD H YOUNG HOSPITAL (P O BOX 1750, 1755 PRAIRIE VIEW PL)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - ST JOHNS (3410 CENTRAL AVENUE)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - ST LUKE'S VILLAGE (2201 EAST 32ND STREET)
  • MOTHER HULL HOME (125 EAST 23RD STREET)
  • MT CARMEL HOME- KEENS MEMORIAL (412 WEST 18TH STREET)
  • OVERLAND TRAILS RENAL CARE GROUP, LLC (5210 PARKLAND DR.)
  • EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN GSS HOME CARE OF CENTRAL NE (3811 29TH AVE, SUITE 1)

Airports and heliports located in Kearney:

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College/University in Kearney:

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (Full-time enrollment: 6,047; Location: 905 W 25th St; Public; Website: www.unk.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Kearney:

  • Central Community College (about 40 miles; Grand Island, NE; Full-time enrollment: 4,159)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 125 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 20,817)
  • Fort Hays State University (about 128 miles; Hays, KS; FT enrollment: 8,728)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (about 128 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 2,072)
  • Northeast Community College (about 128 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 3,334)
  • Southeast Community College Area (about 129 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 8,838)
  • Wayne State College (about 152 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)

Public high schools in Kearney:

Private high school in Kearney:

  • KEARNEY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS (Students: 327, Location: 110 E 35TH ST, Grades: 6-12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Kearney:

Private elementary/middle schools in Kearney:

  • ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 147, Location: 2421 C AVE, Grades: PK-6)
  • FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF KEARNEY (Students: 71, Location: 5710 19TH AVE, Grades: KG-8)
See full list of schools located in Kearney

Library in Kearney:

  • KEARNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,174,267; Location: 2020 FIRST AVENUE; 120,790 books; 5,312 audio materials; 4,671 video materials; 11 local licensed databases; 10 state licensed databases; 162 print serial subscriptions)

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  • The pictures of the "Great Platte River Indian Museum" are incorrectly referenced. It is the "Great Platte River Road Archway Monument", an interactive educational center focusing on the evolution of transportation.

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Notable locations in Kearney: Budget Motel and Campground (A), Kearney (B), Buffalo County Fairgrounds (C), Kearney Drive-In Theater (D), Meadowlark Hills Golf Course (E), Kearney Country Club (F), Kearney Public Library (G), Buffalo County Courthouse (H), Buffalo County Sheriff Department (I), Richard H Young Hospital (J), Family Practice Association Building (K), Centennial Towers East (L), Centennial Towers West (M), Nebraskan Student Union (N), Mens Dorm (O), Stout Hall (P), Randall Hall (Q), Mantor Hall (R), Martin Hall (S), Conrad Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Hilltop Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Main business address in Kearney: BUCKLE INC (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Kearney include: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (A), New Life Assembly of God Church (B), Countryside Christian Church (C), First Church of Christ Scientist (D), First Baptist Church (E), Newman Center (F), Church of Christ (G), Calvary Baptist Church (H), Prince of Peace Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Kearney Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs: Kearney Reservoir (A), Lake Kearney (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Kearney include: University of Nebraska at Kearney Historical Marker (1), Historic Kearney Historical Marker (2), Collins Park (3), Dryden Park (4), Harmon Park (5), Memorial Diamond Park (6), Pioneer Park (7), Vietnam Memorial (8), Southeast Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Trails & Rails Museum (710 West 11th Street) (1), Great Platte River Road Archway Monument (Museums; 1 Archway Parkway) (2), FT Kearney Museum Taxidermy Studio (131 Central Avenue) (3), V V S Canteen (Amusement & Theme Parks; 10 West 14th Street) (4), Habitat 4 Harmony (Arcades & Amusements; 3411 Avenue M) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Western Motel (824 East Highway 30) (1), Western Inn Motel (1401 2nd Avenue) (2), 1st Inn Gold Motel-Arena Side Conference Center (224 2nd Avenue South) (3), Days Inn (619 2nd Avenue) (4), Best Western Inn Of Kearney (1010 3rd Avenue) (5), Kearney Super 8 Motel (15 W 8th St) (6), Cranewood Country Inn RV Park (1910 West 24th Street) (7), Americinn Kearney (215 West Talmadge) (8), Super 8 Kearney NE (15 West 8th Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: County Offices - General County Information- Civil Defense- County C (Courthouse) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Buffalo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.6%
(15.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.2% for Black residents, 21.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.5% for American Indian residents, 23.1% for other race residents, 17.1% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Nebraska:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  57.5%
Whole state:  64.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.6%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Kearney in 2010:

  • 1,575 people in college/university student housing
  • 284 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 96 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 30 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 10 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 7 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Kearney in 2000:

  • 1,939 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 279 people in nursing homes
  • 63 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 38 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 37 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 21 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 12 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 12 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in other group homes
  • 5 people in religious group quarters

Kearney, Nebraska environmental map by EPA

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Arenas or stadiums:

  • Health and Sports Center. University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  • Kearney Events Center. Capacity: 5,000.
  • MGM Grand Arena. Capacity: 17,157.
  • Orleans Arena. Capacity: 9,000.

Banks with most branches in Kearney (2011 data):

  • Platte Valley State Bank & Trust Company: 17th Avenue Branch, 1st Avenue Drive Up Branch, Detached Tellers' Facility, Platte Valley State Bank & Trust Com. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $403.6 mil, Deposits: $312.4 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Lauritzen Corporation
  • Heritage Bank: Kearney Branch, Second Avenue, Mobile Unit. Info updated 2009/02/18: Bank assets: $539.7 mil, Deposits: $373.4 mil, headquarters in Wood River, NE, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 19 total offices, Holding Company: Heritage Group, Inc.
  • Five Points Bank: Kearney Main Branch at 1809 W. 39th St., branch established on 2002/12/18; Kearney Downtown Branch at 2501 Central Avenue, branch established on 2004/01/05. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $694.0 mil, Deposits: $582.2 mil, headquarters in Grand Island, NE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 10 total offices, Holding Company: Hometown Banc Corp
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Kearney Downtown Branch at 2203 First Avenue, branch established on 1984/07/23; Kearney Main Branch at 204 W. 31st Street, branch established on 1892/01/01. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Kearney Main Branch at 21 West 21st Street, branch established on 1917/01/01; 48th Street Mb Branch at 4803 Second Avenue, branch established on 1985/01/14. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Exchange Bank: South Second Branch at 1502 South 2nd Avenue, branch established on 2010/02/12; Nebraska National Bank Branch at 3110 2nd Avenue, branch established on 1995/06/08. Info updated 2011/11/23: Bank assets: $389.1 mil, Deposits: $301.7 mil, headquarters in Gibbon, NE, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Exchange Company
  • Farmers and Merchants Bank: Kearney Branch at 3015 2nd Avenue, branch established on 1976/01/05. Info updated 2008/02/28: Bank assets: $480.8 mil, Deposits: $339.8 mil, headquarters in Milford, NE, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Country Bank Shares, Inc.
  • Bank of the West: Kearney Branch at 4407 Second Avenue, branch established on 1887/01/01. Info updated 2009/11/16: Bank assets: $62,408.3 mil, Deposits: $43,995.2 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, 647 total offices, Holding Company: Bnp Paribas
  • Great Western Bank: 2120 First Avenue Branch at 2120 First Avenue, branch established on 1907/01/01. Info updated 2010/06/08: Bank assets: $8,458.0 mil, Deposits: $6,362.5 mil, headquarters in Watertown, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 187 total offices, Holding Company: National Australia Bank Limited
  • 4 other banks with 4 local branches

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.5
Nebraska average:

11.3

Kearney travel time to work - commute Kearney mode of transportation to work chart

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Religion statistics for Kearney city (based on Buffalo County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant9,50519
Catholic9,0437
Evangelical Protestant8,31334
Other6133
Orthodox901
None18,538-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Buffalo County:

1.56 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Buffalo County:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 31
Buffalo County:

6.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 39
Here:

8.68 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.3%
Nebraska:

7.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Buffalo County:

28.4%
Nebraska:

28.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.3%
State:

12.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

48.9%
Nebraska:

47.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Kearney:

46.9%
Nebraska:

43.2%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.2
State:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

21.0%
Nebraska:

22.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.5%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Kearney:

29.7%
Nebraska:

33.0%

General health condition:
This city:

57.7%
State:

54.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Kearney:

79.9%
Nebraska:

77.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Kearney, NE Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 12$57,972$57,9721$120
Other Government Administration 16$64,447$48,3350$0
Police Protection - Officers 52$278,668$64,3080$0
Police - Other 13$41,558$38,3610$0
Firefighters 20$49,001$29,4014$2,887
Fire - Other 1$3,488$41,8561$1,736
Streets and Highways 23$103,788$54,1500$0
Airports 4$18,230$54,6900$0
Solid Waste Management 33$135,587$49,30413$14,747
Sewerage 8$29,180$43,7700$0
Parks and Recreation 29$116,775$48,32137$15,414
Water Supply 20$83,335$50,0010$0
Local Libraries 10$37,388$44,86620$19,534
Other and Unallocable 16$67,097$50,3230$0
Totals for Government 257$1,086,514$50,73276$54,438

Kearney government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $1,383,000 ($42.59)
    Air Transportation: $627,000 ($19.31)
    Sewerage: $513,000 ($15.80)
    Solid Waste Management: $293,000 ($9.02)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $4,937,000 ($152.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,771,000 ($116.14)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,895,000 ($89.16)
    Water Utilities: $2,664,000 ($82.05)
    Regular Highways: $2,042,000 ($62.89)
    Sewerage: $2,018,000 ($62.15)
    Central Staff Services: $1,882,000 ($57.96)
    Air Transportation: $1,169,000 ($36.00)
    General - Other: $1,088,000 ($33.51)
    Libraries: $1,032,000 ($31.78)
    Local Fire Protection: $944,000 ($29.07)
    Housing and Community Development: $568,000 ($17.49)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $317,000 ($9.76)
    Parking Facilities: $14,000 ($0.43)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $674,000 ($20.76)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $95,000 ($2.93)
    Parks and Recreation: $29,000 ($0.89)
    Solid Waste Management: $20,000 ($0.62)
    Sewerage: $15,000 ($0.46)
    Water Utilities: $13,000 ($0.40)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,350,000 ($287.97)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $212,000 ($6.53)

Kearney government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $4,041,000 ($124.46)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,865,000 ($119.04)
    All Other: $868,000 ($26.73)
    Parks and Recreation: $821,000 ($25.29)
    Air Transportation: $374,000 ($11.52)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,184,000 ($36.47)
    Interest Earnings: $626,000 ($19.28)
    Donations From Private Sources: $425,000 ($13.09)
    Fines and Forfeits: $47,000 ($1.45)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,898,000 ($150.85)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,795,000 ($55.28)
    All Other: $890,000 ($27.41)
    General Local Government Support: $720,000 ($22.17)
    Sewerage: $154,000 ($4.74)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000 ($0.03)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,872,000 ($119.25)
    Property: $1,375,000 ($42.35)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $867,000 ($26.70)
    Motor Vehicle License: $522,000 ($16.08)
    Other License: $430,000 ($13.24)

Kearney government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $42,338,000 ($1303.95)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $40,397,000 ($1244.17)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,153,000 ($97.11)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,212,000 ($37.33)

Kearney government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,308,000 ($101.88)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,741,000 ($577.20)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,144,000 ($66.03)

7.55% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,423 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.55%
Nebraska average:

6.38%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lancaster County, NE  0.61% ($36,755 average AGI)
from Dawson County, NE  0.54% ($38,957)
from Hall County, NE  0.47% ($28,695)


7.07% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,734 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.07%
Nebraska average:

6.57%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lancaster County, NE  0.84% ($27,264 average AGI)
to Douglas County, NE  0.58% ($27,586)
to Hall County, NE  0.48% ($29,402)

Strongest AM radio stations in Kearney:

  • KKPR (1460 AM; 5 kW; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PLATTE RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • KGFW (1340 AM; 1 kW; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KMMJ (750 AM; 11 kW; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: JRK BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KRGI (1430 AM; 5 kW; GRAND ISLAND, NE)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Kearney:

  • KRNY (102.3 FM; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KLPR (91.3 FM; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA @ KEARNEY)
  • K209CF (89.7 FM; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • K260AF (99.9 FM; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: GRACE UNIVERSITY)
  • KROR (101.5 FM; HASTINGS, NE; Owner: ETERNAL BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KQKY (105.9 FM; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KLIQ (94.5 FM; HASTINGS, NE; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KKPR-FM (98.9 FM; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PLATTE RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • KRGI-FM (96.5 FM; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: JRK BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KLNE-FM (88.7 FM; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMM.)
  • KSYZ-FM (107.7 FM; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: NEUHOFF BROADCASTING-GRAND ISLAND, I)
  • KRVN-FM (93.1 FM; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Kearney:

  • KHGI-TV (Channel 13; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF CENTRAL NEBRASKA, A CALIFORNIA LP)
  • KGIN (Channel 11; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: KOLN/KGIN LICENSE, INC.)
  • KTVG (Channel 17; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: HILL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KLNE-TV (Channel 3; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMM.)
  • KHAS-TV (Channel 5; HASTINGS, NE; Owner: GREATER NEBRASKA TELEVISION, INC.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Kearney fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 34Number of bridges
  • 241m791ftTotal length
  • 179,449Total average daily traffic
  • 41,873Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11930-1939
  • 71960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 71980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 72000-2009
  • 42010-2015
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Kearney, NE
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Kearney)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 132 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Kearney, NE)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 47 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 115 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 132 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Kearney)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Kearney)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 48 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

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

KEARNEY, CITY OF (Population served: 30,000, Groundwater under infl of surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-10-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-10-2012), St Public Notif received (NOV-05-2012)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) - In JUN-2007. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-26-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-26-2007), St Compliance achieved (AUG-03-2007), St Public Notif received (JUN-03-2008)
BUFFALO CO SID 3 - GLENWOOD ESTATES (Population served: 500, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-27-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-27-2012), St Public Notif received (2 times from NOV-28-2012 to DEC-19-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-01-2012), St Public Notif requested (NOV-01-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-01-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-01-2010), St Public Notif received (JUL-23-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-22-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-22-2007), St Public Notif received (JUL-27-2007)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-07-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-07-2007), St Public Notif received (JUN-19-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
CLEARVIEW UTILITIES CORP (Population served: 69, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-03-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-03-2013), St Public Notif received (OCT-30-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-10-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-10-2012), St Public Notif received (SEP-24-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-06-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-06-2011), St Public Notif received (SEP-26-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-10-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-10-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-27-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
UNION PACIFIC SRA - NG & PC (Population served: 30, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Kearney that have no violations reported:

  • RIVERSIDE MOBILE HOME PARK (Population served: 65, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • 1733 ESTATES ASSOCIATES (Population served: 55, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 111
  • Hazardous Condition: 60
  • Good Intent Call: 1

Incident types - Kearney

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Kearney, NE

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Kearney, Nebraska:

  • New Victorian Inn & Suites - Kearney, 903 2nd Ave, Kearney, Nebraska 68847 , Phone: (308) 237-5858, Fax: (308) 338-8408
  • Quality Inn, 121 3RD Ave, Kearney, Nebraska 68845 , Phone: (308) 237-0838, Fax: (308) 234-6746
  • Holiday Inn Express, 508 Second Avenue S, Kearney, Nebraska 68847 , Phone: (308) 234-8100, Fax: (308) 338-0892
  • Country Inn & Suites, 105 Talmadge Rd, Kearney, Nebraska 68847 , Phone: (308) 236-7500, Fax: (308) 236-4208
  • Wingate Inn, 108 3rd Ave, Kearney, Nebraska 68848 , Phone: (308) 237-4400, Fax: (308) 237-4888
  • Comfort Inn, 118 3rd Ave, Kearney, Nebraska 68845 , Phone: (308) 236-3400, Fax: (308) 236-3401
  • Rodeway Inn & Suites, 411 2nd Ave, Kearney, Nebraska 68847 , Phone: (308) 698-2810, Fax: (308) 698-2809
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 104 Talmadge, Kearney, Nebraska 68847 , Phone: (308) 698-3003, Fax: (308) 698-3040
  • 5 other hotels and motels
All 13 fire-safe hotels and motels in Kearney, Nebraska
Most common first names in Kearney, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13977.9 years
Mary13683.3 years
Robert10173.8 years
William9576.0 years
Charles8776.3 years
Helen8581.2 years
George7477.0 years
Ruth7084.6 years
Anna6687.9 years
James6276.2 years
Most common last names in Kearney, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson8977.1 years
Anderson5379.4 years
Peterson5077.2 years
Smith4580.8 years
Miller4381.1 years
Nelson3374.0 years
Jones2880.2 years
Wilson2677.8 years
Brown2575.2 years
Robinson2282.9 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (63%)
  • Electricity (35%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
Businesses in Kearney, NE
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets4
Advance Auto Parts1Maurices1
AmericInn1McDonald's3
Applebee's1Menards1
Arby's2Microtel1
Ashley Furniture1Motel 61
Baskin-Robbins1New Balance5
Bath & Body Works1Nike5
Best Western2OfficeMax1
Big O Tires1Old Navy1
Blockbuster1Papa John's Pizza1
Burger King2Payless1
Caribou Coffee1Pizza Hut2
Carson Pirie Scott1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Cold Stone Creamery1Quiznos1
Comfort Inn1RadioShack1
Curves1Ramada1
Dairy Queen3Red Lobster1
Days Inn1Rodeway Inn1
Domino's Pizza1Ruby Tuesday1
Econo Lodge1SONIC Drive-In1
Famous Footwear1Sears1
FedEx6Slumberland1
Ford1Starbucks1
GNC1Subway4
GameStop1Super 81
Gap1Taco Bell1
H&R Block2Target1
Hilton1True Value1
Hobby Lobby1U-Haul3
Holiday Inn2U.S. Cellular1
JCPenney1UPS9
Jimmy John's1Vans1
Jones New York2Verizon Wireless1
KFC1Walgreens1
Kmart1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy2Wendy's2
Lane Furniture1Wingate1
Little Caesars Pizza1YMCA1
Long John Silver's1

Kearney compared to Nebraska state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Kearney on our top lists:

  • #98 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times (pop. 5,000+)"
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