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Custer County

Population in 2012: 359 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -8.2%
 

Males: 174  (48.5%)
Females: 185  (51.5%)

Median resident age:  40.2 years
Nebraska median age:  43.7 years

Zip codes: 68856.

Estimated median household income in 2011: $44,522 (it was $31,250 in 2000)
Merna:

$44,522
Nebraska:

$50,296
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $20,723

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $59,941 (it was $35,400 in 2000)
Merna:

$59,941
Nebraska:

$127,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $77,799; Detached houses: $80,827; Mobile homes: $56,944

Median gross rent in 2011: $438.

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  • White alone - 356 (98.1%)
  • Hispanic - 5 (1.4%)
  • Two or more races - 2 (0.6%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Merna: 75.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (31.5%), Irish (14.2%), Czech (6.8%), United States (6.6%), English (6.0%), Swedish (3.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 2669 feet

Land area: 0.53 square miles.

Population density: 674 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Merna:

  • High school or higher: 94.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
  • Unemployed: 4.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Merna village:

  • Never married: 20.3%
  • Now married: 60.5%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 9.7%

3 residents are foreign born

This village:  0.7%
Nebraska:  5.5%



According to our research of Nebraska and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Merna, Nebraska as of April 16, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Merna to the number of sex offenders is 361 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $1,139 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $800 (1.4%)

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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) , Arnold, NE (4.8 miles ), Sargent, NE (4.8 miles ), Oconto, NE (4.9 miles) , Ansley, NE (4.9 miles ).

Latitude: 41.48 N, Longitude: 99.76 W

Area code: 308

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.2%
Nebraska:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +14 (+3.7%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (24%)
  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (16%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Media and communication equipment workers (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6%)

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Tornado activity:

Merna-area historical tornado activity is near Nebraska state average. It is 84% 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 near Nebraska state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 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 Merna center
On 8/26/1991 at 11:49:15, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 61.4 miles away from the city center
On 1/25/1994 at 02:44:39, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.4 miles away from the city center
On 7/18/1990 at 02:47:03, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 41.9 miles away from Merna center
On 4/16/2007 at 06:50:31, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, 2.6 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 79.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Custer County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Snows: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Merna:

  • JENNIE M MELHAM MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER (Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 9 miles away; BROKEN BOW, NE)
  • CALLAWAY DISTRICT HOSPITAL (Critical Access Hospitals, Government - Hospital District or Authority, provides emergency services, about 16 miles away; CALLAWAY, NE)

Political contributions by individuals in Merna, NE

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Merna:

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 65 miles; Kearney, NE; Full-time enrollment: 4,780)
  • Central Community College (about 84 miles; Grand Island, NE; FT enrollment: 2,632)
  • Northeast Community College (about 129 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 2,268)
  • Wayne State College (about 151 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 2,780)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 166 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 20,702)
  • Southeast Community College Area (about 171 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 6,591)
  • University of South Dakota (about 171 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 5,598)

Public high school in Merna:

Public elementary/middle school in Merna:

See full list of schools located in Merna, School District: ANSELMO-MERNA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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

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

MERNA, VILLAGE OF (Population served: 391, 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)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 14.6%
(14.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Merna, NE

Merna compared to Nebraska state average:

  • Median house value 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.
  • House age above state average.


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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 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Merna travel time to work - commute


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (66%)
  • Electricity (17%)
  • No fuel used (6%)
  • Utility gas (5%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Merna (based on Custer County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 57.53%
Here57.5%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChristian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents32.3%23.5%8.5%5.6%4.6%
Congregations29.3%4.9%9.8%9.8%4.9%
NameChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Evangelical Free Church of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Lutheran ChurchOther
Adherents4.4%4.3%3.2%2.9%10.7%
Congregations2.4%4.9%2.4%7.3%24.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
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%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$1,602
Sewerage 1$3,033$36,3960$0
Totals for Government 1$3,033$36,3961$1,602

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)

4.71% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,964 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.71%
Nebraska average:

7.03%

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


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Lancaster County, NE  0.42% ($33,353 average AGI)
from Buffalo County, NE  0.37% ($25,867)
from Dawson County, NE  0.27% ($22,091)


6.79% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,689 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.79%
Nebraska average:

7.41%

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


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Buffalo County, NE  1.03% ($24,419 average AGI)
to Lancaster County, NE  0.74% ($26,290)
to Dawson County, NE  0.36% ($24,867)

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
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 0 meters
Total average daily traffic: 2,400
Total average daily truck traffic: 360
Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic: 3,240

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

7 (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 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/03/2007, Expiration Date: 06/02/2017, Certifier: Francis J Dirico
    Registrant: 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 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/12/2008, Expiration Date: 03/17/2018
    Registrant: 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 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/05/2008, Expiration Date: 02/04/2018
    Registrant: Region 26 Council, Taylor, NE 68879, Phone: (308) 942-3461

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: AERONCA 11AC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 75 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3380E , Serial Number: 11AC-1706, Year manufactured: 1947, Airworthiness Date: 06/10/1952
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Daniel R Cunningham, Po Box 112, Merna, NE 68856, Other Owners: Wyoma D Cunningham
  • Aircraft: BUCKEYE DREAM MACHINE (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582 (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 42825 , Serial Number: 4838, Year manufactured: 2001, Airworthiness Date: 01/26/2008
    Registrant (Individual): Ray L Hunt, Po Box 25, Merna, NE 68856
  • Aircraft: BUCKEYE DREAM MACHINE (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582 (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 4459B , Serial Number: 16379, Year manufactured: 2000, Airworthiness Date: 01/26/2008
    Registrant (Individual): Gerald A Safranek, Po Box 95, Merna, NE 68856


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
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