Kearney, Nebraska

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Population in 2017: 33,835 (99% urban, 1% rural).
Population change since 2000: +23.3%
 
Males: 16,741  (49.5%)
Females: 17,094  (50.5%)
Median resident age:

31.4 years
Nebraska median age:

36.5 years

Zip codes: 68849.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $54,488 (it was $34,829 in 2000)
Kearney:

$54,488
NE:

$59,970

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $28,829 (it was $17,713 in 2000)

Kearney city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $181,402 (it was $89,300 in 2000)
Kearney:

$181,402
NE:

$155,800

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $198,982; detached houses: $209,266; townhouses or other attached units: $200,776; in 2-unit structures: $125,115; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $143,857; mobile homes: $63,870

Median gross rent in 2017: $773.

March 2019 cost of living index in Kearney: 78.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 17.7%
(15.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 57.7% for Black residents, 35.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 85.5% for American Indian residents, 17.8% for other race residents, 23.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Kearney, NE (2017)
    • 28,86986.1%White alone
    • 2,9528.8%Hispanic
    • 6572.0%Asian alone
    • 5101.5%Black alone
    • 4391.3%Two or more races
    • 420.1%American Indian alone

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



According to our research of Nebraska and other state lists, there were 92 registered sex offenders living in Kearney, Nebraska as of January 20, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Kearney is 360 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.


Crime rates in Kearney by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
13
(45.1)
22
(75.6)
6
(20.2)
15
(49.2)
14
(45.5)
10
(31.8)
9
(29.0)
15
(47.8)
16
(49.8)
17
(52.3)
17
(51.7)
20
(59.8)
35
(102.2)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
4
(13.9)
3
(10.3)
6
(20.2)
5
(16.4)
3
(9.8)
3
(9.5)
2
(6.4)
3
(9.6)
5
(15.6)
6
(18.5)
7
(21.3)
7
(20.9)
3
(8.8)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
40
(138.7)
31
(106.5)
59
(199.0)
44
(144.4)
46
(149.5)
49
(155.9)
34
(109.5)
23
(73.3)
35
(109.0)
60
(184.5)
82
(249.4)
49
(146.4)
47
(137.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
127
(440.5)
142
(487.7)
139
(468.8)
129
(423.3)
151
(490.9)
112
(356.3)
129
(415.3)
118
(375.9)
134
(417.3)
88
(270.7)
100
(304.1)
114
(340.6)
109
(318.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
722
(2,504)
745
(2,559)
796
(2,684)
678
(2,225)
834
(2,711)
734
(2,335)
714
(2,299)
733
(2,335)
663
(2,065)
566
(1,741)
623
(1,894)
594
(1,775)
650
(1,897)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
27
(93.7)
37
(127.1)
25
(84.3)
38
(124.7)
34
(110.5)
26
(82.7)
18
(57.9)
16
(51.0)
28
(87.2)
20
(61.5)
33
(100.3)
35
(104.6)
42
(122.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
5
(17.3)
5
(17.2)
12
(40.5)
6
(19.7)
14
(45.5)
13
(41.4)
4
(12.9)
9
(28.7)
5
(15.6)
6
(18.5)
9
(27.4)
3
(9.0)
9
(26.3)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)206.5231.5209.0208.4220.9184.4172.7185.9185.1177.8202.7186.5219.8

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City-data.com crime index in Kearney, NE

Crime rate in Kearney detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 68 (54 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.58
Nebraska average:

1.90
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Ancestries: German (38.1%), American (8.7%), Irish (5.4%), English (4.4%), Swedish (2.8%), Danish (2.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/3/1873

Elevation: 2153 feet

Land area: 11.0 square miles.

Population density: 3,082 people per square mile   (average).

Kearney, Nebraska map

1,558 residents are foreign born (1.5% Latin America, 0.8% Africa, 0.6% Asia).

This city:

4.6%
Nebraska:

6.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,872 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,494 (1.5%)

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 )

Latitude: 40.70 N, Longitude: 99.08 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,349 (+4.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 14,424 (75.3%)

Area code: 308

Distribution of median household income in Kearney, NE in 2017
Distribution of house value in Kearney, NE in 2017
Kearney satellite photo by USGS

Kearney tourist attractions:

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
  • 2015: 123 buildings, average cost: $199,300
  • 2016: 102 buildings, average cost: $237,000
  • 2017: 82 buildings, average cost: $238,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Kearney, NE residents
Average permit cost in Kearney, NE
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.6%
Nebraska:

3.2%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Kearney, NE
Historical housing units in Kearney, NE

Population change in the 1990s: +2,438 (+9.8%).
Most common industries in Kearney, NE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (11.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.9%)
  • Educational services (10.6%)
  • Machinery (5.7%)
  • Construction (5.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.7%)
  • Public administration (3.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (10.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.0%)
  • Educational services (7.8%)
  • Machinery (7.1%)
  • Health care (5.0%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.7%)
  • Public administration (3.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (18.6%)
  • Educational services (13.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.8%)
  • Social assistance (5.2%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.5%)
  • Machinery (4.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.2%)
Most common occupations in Kearney, NE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.0%)
  • Cashiers (2.8%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (2.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.2%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.6%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.2%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Registered nurses (3.9%)

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 (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 12, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Snows: 3, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Kearney topographic map

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)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • the website for the city has changed to www.cityofkearney.org
  • There is another Zip Code besides the ones shown. It is 68848
  • There is another Zip Code besides the ones shown. It is 68848
  • 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.

Points of interest:

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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

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.

Buffalo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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)
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

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

For population 15 years and over in Kearney:

Marital status in Kearney, NE
  • Never married: 39.4%
  • Now married: 45.4%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 8.8%

For population 25 years and over in Kearney:

  • High school or higher: 95.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 36.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.9%
  • Unemployed: 3.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.8
Nebraska average:

11.3

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Kearney
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Kearney, NE (based on Buffalo County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
Buffalo County:

0.22 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

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.
Nebraska:

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

8.68 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

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

6.3%
Nebraska:

7.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Buffalo County:

28.4%
State:

28.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Buffalo County:

14.3%
Nebraska:

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 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 54$316,415$70,3142$673
Solid Waste Management 35$152,511$52,28912$13,270
Parks and Recreation 31$134,491$52,06155$21,470
Water Supply 22$96,459$52,6140$0
Other and Unallocable 21$101,301$57,8863$2,416
Streets and Highways 21$93,281$53,3030$0
Other Government Administration 19$87,294$55,1331$1,010
Firefighters 19$87,648$55,3576$4,891
Police - Other 14$50,140$42,9770$0
Financial Administration 12$64,932$64,9320$0
Local Libraries 10$41,739$50,08720$21,264
Sewerage 8$35,395$53,0930$0
Airports 4$20,068$60,2040$0
Fire - Other 1$4,672$56,0641$1,789
Totals for Government 271$1,286,346$56,960100$66,783

Kearney government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $4,812,000 ($142.22)
    Regular Highways: $4,560,000 ($134.77)
    Water Utilities: $2,900,000 ($85.71)
    General - Other: $2,016,000 ($59.58)
  • Current Operations - Solid Waste Management: $5,453,000 ($161.16)
    Police Protection: $4,975,000 ($147.04)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,866,000 ($143.82)
    Water Utilities: $3,804,000 ($112.43)
    Regular Highways: $3,397,000 ($100.40)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,109,000 ($91.89)
    Sewerage: $2,905,000 ($85.86)
    General - Other: $1,906,000 ($56.33)
    Central Staff Services: $1,404,000 ($41.50)
    Libraries: $1,243,000 ($36.74)
    Air Transportation: $1,243,000 ($36.74)
    Financial Administration: $1,080,000 ($31.92)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $799,000 ($23.61)
    Housing and Community Development: $771,000 ($22.79)
    Public Welfare - Other: $234,000 ($6.92)
    General Public Buildings: $216,000 ($6.38)
    Health - Other: $162,000 ($4.79)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $16,000 ($0.47)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $642,000 ($18.97)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $1,302,000 ($38.48)
    Local Fire Protection: $832,000 ($24.59)
    Regular Highways: $369,000 ($10.91)
    Police Protection: $351,000 ($10.37)
    Air Transportation: $350,000 ($10.34)
    Solid Waste Management: $217,000 ($6.41)
    Libraries: $89,000 ($2.63)
    Central Staff Services: $82,000 ($2.42)
    General - Other: $65,000 ($1.92)
    Financial Administration: $63,000 ($1.86)
    Public Welfare - Other: $58,000 ($1.71)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $56,000 ($1.66)
    Water Utilities: $47,000 ($1.39)
    Health - Other: $40,000 ($1.18)
    Sewerage: $15,000 ($0.44)
    General Public Building: $13,000 ($0.38)
    Housing and Community Development: $5,000 ($0.15)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $5,997,000 ($177.24)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $891,000 ($26.33)

Kearney government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $6,217,000 ($183.74)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,416,000 ($160.07)
    Parks and Recreation: $957,000 ($28.28)
    Other: $717,000 ($21.19)
    Air Transportation: $716,000 ($21.16)
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $1,000 ($0.03)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $3,258,000 ($96.29)
    General Revenue - Other: $2,865,000 ($84.68)
    Interest Earnings: $237,000 ($7.00)
    Fines and Forfeits: $57,000 ($1.68)
    Sale of Property: $11,000 ($0.33)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $6,967,000 ($205.91)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,054,000 ($90.26)
    General Local Government Support: $1,487,000 ($43.95)
    Other: $489,000 ($14.45)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $12,002,000 ($354.72)
    Property: $3,816,000 ($112.78)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,523,000 ($74.57)
    Other License: $558,000 ($16.49)

Kearney government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $47,009,000 ($1389.36)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,318,000 ($1132.50)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,325,000 ($334.71)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,634,000 ($77.85)

Kearney government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,450,000 ($279.30)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $280,000 ($8.28)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $30,406,000 ($898.66)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,397,000 ($70.84)

7.20% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($48,302 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.20%
Nebraska average:

6.52%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Lancaster County, NE  0.86% ($49,133 average AGI)
to Kearney County, NE  0.52% ($40,937)
to Hall County, NE  0.51% ($32,149)
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

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.)

Medal of Honor Recipients

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

Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Kearney fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 66Number of bridges
  • 853ft / 260mTotal length
  • 296,207Total average daily traffic
  • 72,181Total average daily truck traffic
  • 265,208Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
New bridges in Kearney, NE - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11930-1939
  • 151960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 81980-1989
  • 91990-1999
  • 142000-2009
  • 122010-2018
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: 137 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Kearney, NE)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 50 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 152 (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: 7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 140 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Kearney)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Kearney)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 56 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 111
  • Hazardous Condition: 60
  • Good Intent Call: 1
Fire incident types in Kearney, NE

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
  • La Quinta, 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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Kearney, NE
  • 69.7%Utility gas
  • 27.5%Electricity
  • 1.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Wood
  • 0.6%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Kearney, NE
  • 53.1%Electricity
  • 42.4%Utility gas
  • 2.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%Other fuel
  • 0.6%No fuel used
  • 0.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Kearney compared to Nebraska state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly 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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