Merna, Nebraska

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Population in 2014: 359 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -8.2%
 
Males: 177  (49.3%)
Females: 182  (50.7%)
Median resident age:  34.7 years
Nebraska median age:  36.3 years

Zip codes: 68856.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $47,235 (it was $31,250 in 2000)
Merna:

$47,235
NE:

$56,927

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $22,014 (it was $15,474 in 2000)

Merna village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $68,495 (it was $35,400 in 2000)
Merna:

$68,495
NE:

$148,100

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $89,056; Detached houses: $97,261; Mobile homes: $30,541

Median gross rent in 2016: $627.

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  • Races in Merna, NE (2010)

    Merna races chart
    • 35698.1%White alone
    • 51.4%Hispanic
    • 20.6%Two or more races

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Merna: 74.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (28.0%), Irish (18.0%), American (8.7%), English (2.5%), Italian (1.9%), Scottish (1.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 2669 feet

Land area: 0.53 square miles.

Population density: 674 people per square mile   (low).

Merna,NE real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Merna:

  • High school or higher: 91.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.3%
  • Unemployed: 2.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Merna village:

  • Never married: 20.4%
  • Now married: 54.4%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 8.9%
  • Divorced: 14.3%

1 residents are foreign born

This village:

0.3%
Nebraska:

6.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,035 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $562 (1.1%)

Merna satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lincoln, NE (167.4 miles , pop. 225,581).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (622.6 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Broken Bow, NE (2.9 miles ), Anselmo, NE (3.3 miles) , Callaway, NE (4.0 miles ), Berwyn, NE (4.0 miles) , Westerville, NE (4.6 miles) , Arnold, NE (4.8 miles ), Sargent, NE (4.8 miles ), Oconto, NE (4.9 miles) .

Latitude: 41.48 N, Longitude: 99.76 W

Area code: 308

Merna household income distribution Merna home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

1.9%
Nebraska:

2.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +14 (+3.7%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (30%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (14%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation occupations (23%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (16%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)

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

Average climate in Merna, Nebraska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Merna-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Nebraska state average. It is 24% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/30/1961, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 10.9 miles away from the Merna village center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/18/1975, a category F4 tornado 25.5 miles away from the village center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Merna-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Nebraska state average. It is 52% 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 590.0 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 305.2 miles away from Merna 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 99.3 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 189.6 miles away from the city center
On 5/25/2003 at 07:32:33, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 152.0 miles away from Merna 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 59.0 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 Custer County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Snows: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Merna topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Merna:

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 65 miles; Kearney, NE; Full-time enrollment: 6,047)
  • Central Community College (about 84 miles; Grand Island, NE; FT enrollment: 4,159)
  • Northeast Community College (about 129 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 3,334)
  • Wayne State College (about 151 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 166 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 20,817)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (about 169 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 2,072)
  • Southeast Community College Area (about 170 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 8,838)

Public high school in Merna:

  • ANSELMO-MERNA HIGH SCHOOL (Location: 750 N CONWAY ST, Grades: 7-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Merna:

  • ANSELMO-MERNA ELEMENTARY-MERNA (Location: 750 N CONWAY ST, Grades: PK-6)

Library in Merna:

  • BRENIZER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $10,505; Location: 430 WEST CENTER AVENUE; 14,476 books; 24 audio materials; 190 video materials; 15 state licensed databases; 11 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Merna: Brenizer Library (A), Merna Volunteer Fire Department (B), Merna Emergency Medical Services (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Merna include: Saint Pauls Catholic Church (A), United Methodist Church (B), Immanuel Lutheran Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Custer 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 2016: 13.4%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This village:  2.4 people
Nebraska:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  72.8%
Whole state:  64.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  1.3%
Whole state:  6.0%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Merna (2011 data):

  • Nebraska State Bank and Trust Company: Merna Branch at Center Avenue And Highway 92, branch established on 1978/04/15. Info updated 2008/02/19: Bank assets: $176.4 mil, Deposits: $156.6 mil, headquarters in Broken Bow, NE, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: First Central Nebraska Co.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Nebraska average:

11.3

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Merna village (based on Custer County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,00218
Evangelical Protestant1,74121
Catholic8094
Other1652
None5,222-
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
Custer County:

6.46 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Custer County:

1.85 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Custer County:

6.46 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Here:

11.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
Nebraska:

7.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Custer County:

31.1%
Nebraska:

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

10.0%
State:

12.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Merna:

49.2%
Nebraska:

47.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Merna:

44.6%
Nebraska:

43.2%

Average BMI:
Merna:

29.5
Nebraska:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Merna:

23.4%
Nebraska:

22.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

13.2%
Nebraska:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Merna:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

38.3%
Nebraska:

33.0%

General health condition:
This city:

53.9%
State:

54.0%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

75.2%
Nebraska:

77.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Merna, NE Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
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 6$8,803
Streets and Highways 1$4,313$51,7560$0
Sewerage 1$4,313$51,7560$0
Water Supply 1$4,313$51,7560$0
Totals for Government 3$12,939$51,7566$8,803

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $53,000 ($147.63)
    Regular Highways: $44,000 ($122.56)
    Central Staff Services: $30,000 ($83.57)
    Financial Administration: $23,000 ($64.07)
    General Public Buildings: $5,000 ($13.93)
    Welfare - Other: $4,000 ($11.14)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($2.79)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $34,000 ($94.71)
    Welfare - Other: $2,000 ($5.57)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $75,000 ($208.91)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $9,000 ($25.07)

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

  • Charges - All Other: $40,000 ($111.42)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $42,000 ($116.99)
    Interest Earnings: $3,000 ($8.36)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $55,000 ($153.20)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $35,000 ($97.49)
    General Support: $11,000 ($30.64)
    All Other: $7,000 ($19.50)
  • Tax - Property: $62,000 ($172.70)
    NEC: $23,000 ($64.07)

Merna government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $145,000 ($403.90)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $143,000 ($398.33)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $2,000 ($5.57)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $154,000 ($428.97)

5.81% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($27,755 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.81%
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 Buffalo County, NE  0.61% ($24,654 average AGI)
from Lancaster County, NE  0.35% ($30,400)
from Dawson County, NE  0.30% ($33,000)


5.01% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,981 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.01%
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  0.49% ($39,238 average AGI)
to Buffalo County, NE  0.42% ($18,667)
to Dawson County, NE  0.31% ($18,615)

Strongest AM radio stations in Merna:

  • KCNI (1280 AM; daytime; 1 kW; BROKEN BOW, NE; Owner: CUSTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • 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.)
  • KJLT (970 AM; 5 kW; NORTH PLATTE, NE; Owner: TRI-STATE B/CING ASSOC., INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KOOQ (1410 AM; 5 kW; NORTH PLATTE, NE; Owner: EAGLE 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.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KKPR (1460 AM; 5 kW; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PLATTE RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KOA (850 AM; 50 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Merna:

  • KBBN-FM (98.3 FM; BROKEN BOW, NE; Owner: CUSTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • K210CB (89.9 FM; BROKEN BOW, NE; Owner: TRI-STATE BROADCASTING ASSOC., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Merna:

  • K18DH (Channel 18; BROKEN BOW, NE; Owner: NORTH PLATTE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 0mTotal length
  • 2,225Total average daily traffic
  • 333Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,004Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Merna)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Merna, NE)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • Merna, 42893 Road 805 (Lat: 41.501083 Lon: -99.847889), Type: Tower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Overall height: 60.9 m, Call Sign: WQHQ295
    Assigned Frequencies: 6197.24 MHz, 6256.54 MHzGrant Date: 10/03/2007, Expiration Date: 06/02/2017, Certifier: Francis J DiricoRegistrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8678, Fax: (703) 584-8694, Email:
  • Merna, Sr92 - 9.0mi E&s Of (Lat: 41.468056 Lon: -99.915944), Type: Tower, Structure height: 42.7 m, Overall height: 48.8 m, Call Sign: WGY659
    Assigned Frequencies: 6315.84 MHz, 6226.89 MHzGrant Date: 01/12/2008, Expiration Date: 03/17/2018Registrant: Bnsf Railway Co., 4515 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106, Phone: (913) 551-4958, Fax: (913) 551-4053, Email:
  • STATION, 10 1/2 Miles W On Hwy 70-92 & 1 Mile S (Lat: 41.470556 Lon: -99.964833), Overall height: 91.1 m, Call Sign: WHP33
    Assigned Frequencies: 953.000 MHzGrant Date: 03/05/2008, Expiration Date: 02/04/2018Registrant: Region 26 Council, Taylor, NE 68879, Phone: (308) 942-3461

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Merna)

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

MERNA, VILLAGE OF (Population served: 363, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-04-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-04-2005), St Public Notif received (NOV-17-2005)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
Most common first names in Merna, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John976.8 years
Frank680.0 years
Paul576.2 years
Charles577.1 years
Esther489.3 years
Ruth474.5 years
Raymond478.0 years
Mabel486.5 years
Wilma480.3 years
James378.7 years
Most common last names in Merna, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Duryea563.4 years
Hipsley588.6 years
Blakeman576.5 years
Safranek580.6 years
Wilmoth586.4 years
Hostick481.2 years
Switzer480.2 years
Coday374.0 years
Cole378.6 years
Bartak383.6 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (46%)
  • Electricity (35%)
  • Wood (8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4%)
  • Other fuel (3%)
  • Utility gas (3%)

Merna compared to Nebraska 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 significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
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