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68856 Zip Code (Merna, NE) Detailed Profile



City: Merna, NE (0.49%)
County: Custer County, NE
Estimated zip code population in 2015: 548
Zip code population in 2010: 611
Zip code population in 2000: 590

Houses and condos: 283
Renter-occupied apartments: 68
% of renters here:

28%
State:

34%
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in zip code 68856: 74.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Land area: 109.8 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 5 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Age and Sex of Residents in zip code 68856
Zip code 68856 (Merna, Nebraska) real estate house value trends
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Real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2015:
This zip code:

1.1% ($868)
Nebraska:

1.8% ($2,528)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $957 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $817 (1.1%)

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Males: 261  (47.6%)
Females: 287  (52.4%)

For population 25 years and over in 68856:

  • High school or higher: 92.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.2%
  • Unemployed: 5.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in 68856:

  • Never married: 11.8%
  • Now married: 68.2%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 10.7%

Zip code 68856 compared to state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Races in zip code 68856

  • Zip code 68856 races chart
    • 602White population
    • 0Black population
    • 0American Indian population
    • 0Asian population
    • 0Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population
    • 0Some other race population
    • 3Two or more races population
    • 6Hispanic or Latino population

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Estimated median house/condo value in 2015: $75,900
68856:

$75,900
Nebraska:

$141,600
Median resident age:
This zip code:

41.0 years
Nebraska median age:

36.1 years
Average household size:
This zip code:

2.3 people
Nebraska:

2.5 people

Averages for the 2012 tax year for zip code 68856, filed in 2013:

Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2012: $57,210 (Individual Income Tax Returns)
Here:

$57,210
State:

$60,572

Salary/wage: $34,038 (reported on 82.8% of returns)
Here:

$34,038
State:

$47,046
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 87.8% for AGIs below $25k, 72.8% for AGIs $25k-50k, 84.8% for AGIs $50k-75k, 65.2% for AGIs $75k-100k, 15.5% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Taxable interest for individuals: $886 (reported on 48.3% of returns)
This zip code:

$886
Nebraska:

$1,535
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 1.9% for AGIs below $25k, 0.8% for AGIs $25k-50k, 0.5% for AGIs $50k-75k, 0.9% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Ordinary dividends: $3,050 (reported on 20.7% of returns)
Here:

$3,050
State:

$5,776

Net capital gain/loss in AGI: +$10,233 (reported on 20.7% of returns)
Here:

+$10,233
State:

+$16,171

Profit/loss from business: +$8,400 (reported on 24.1% of returns)
Here:

+$8,400
State:

+$9,897

Total itemized deductions: $21,775 (14% of AGI, reported on 13.8% of returns)
Here:

$21,775
State:

$23,343

Here:

14.1% of AGI
State:

18.7% of AGI

Charity contributions: $6,867 (reported on 10.3% of returns)
Here:

$6,867
State:

$4,921

Taxes paid: $6,300 (reported on 13.8% of returns)
68856:

$6,300
State:

$9,758

Earned income credit: $1,980 (reported on 17.2% of returns)
Here:

$1,980
State:

$2,188
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 8.7% for AGIs below $25k)

Percentage of individuals using paid preparers for their 2012 taxes: 86.2%
Here:

86%
State:

57%
(% for various income ranges: 72.7% for AGIs below $25k, 85.7% for AGIs $25k-50k, 100.0% for AGIs $50k-75k, 100.0% for AGIs $75k-100k, 100.0% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Averages for the 2004 tax year for zip code 68856, filed in 2005:

Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2004: $34,013 (Individual Income Tax Returns)
Here:

$34,013
State:

$44,271

Salary/wage: $24,946 (reported on 79.5% of returns)
Here:

$24,946
State:

$38,230
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 85.1% for AGIs below $10k, 70.8% for AGIs $10k-25k, 82.9% for AGIs $25k-50k, 69.7% for AGIs $50k-75k, 58.5% for AGIs $75k-100k)

Taxable interest for individuals: $1,346 (reported on 60.1% of returns)
This zip code:

$1,346
Nebraska:

$1,759
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 5.2% for AGIs below $10k, 4.6% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.7% for AGIs $25k-50k, 1.1% for AGIs $50k-75k, 2.6% for AGIs $75k-100k, 4.4% for AGIs over 100k)

Taxable dividends: $877 (reported on 24.1% of returns)
Here:

$877
State:

$2,804
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 2.9% for AGIs below $10k, 2.1% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.1% for AGIs $25k-50k, 0.5% for AGIs $50k-75k, 1.1% for AGIs $75k-100k)

Net capital gain/loss: +$7,721 (reported on 28.4% of returns)
Here:

+$7,721
State:

+$7,887
(% of AGI for various income ranges: -1.6% for AGIs below $10k, 0.0% for AGIs $10k-25k, 3.4% for AGIs $25k-50k, 5.6% for AGIs $50k-75k, 19.8% for AGIs over 100k)

Profit/loss from business: +$2,583 (reported on 19.8% of returns)
Here:

+$2,583
State:

+$7,743
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 10.0% for AGIs below $10k, -1.9% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.9% for AGIs $25k-50k, 4.6% for AGIs $50k-75k)

Profit/loss from farming: +$2,423 (reported on 23.4% of returns)
Here +$2,423
State -$1,077
(% of AGI for various income ranges: -10.4% for AGIs below $10k, 3.1% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.1% for AGIs $25k-50k, 6.0% for AGIs $50k-75k)

Total itemized deductions: $16,267 (23% of AGI, reported on 14.9% of returns)
Here:

$16,267
State:

$18,692

Here:

23.4% of AGI
State:

21.1% of AGI

Charity contributions deductions: $4,622 (6% of AGI, reported on 12.2% of returns)
Here:

$4,622
State:

$3,500

Here:

6.5% of AGI
State:

3.8% of AGI
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 2.4% for AGIs $10k-25k, 1.4% for AGIs $50k-75k, 4.8% for AGIs over 100k)

Total tax: $4,191 (reported on 72.6% of returns)
68856:

$4,191
State:

$6,550
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 3.9% for AGIs below $10k, 4.4% for AGIs $10k-25k, 5.7% for AGIs $25k-50k, 9.2% for AGIs $50k-75k, 10.9% for AGIs $75k-100k, 15.4% for AGIs over 100k)

Earned income credit: $1,600 (reported on 14.9% of returns)
Here:

$1,600
State:

$1,643

Percentage of individuals using paid preparers for their 2004 taxes: 82.8%
Here:

83%
State:

62%
(% for various income ranges: 68.9% for AGIs below $10k, 83.5% for AGIs $10k-25k, 88.6% for AGIs $25k-50k, 88.6% for AGIs $50k-75k, 92.3% for AGIs $75k-100k, 92.9% for AGIs over 100k)

Estimated median household income in 2015:
This zip code:

$50,909
Nebraska:

$54,996
Merna, NE (68856) map Nearest zip codes: 68813, 68822, 68825, 68874, 68860, 68814.
Percentage of family households:
This zip code:

47.9%
Nebraska:

48.6%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This zip code:

0.8%
Nebraska:

5.9%
No gay or lesbian households reported

Household received Food Stamps/SNAP in the past 12 months: 25
Household did not receive Food Stamps/SNAP in the past 12 months: 215


Women who had a birth in the past 12 months: 10 (8 now married, 2 unmarried)
Women who did not have a birth in the past 12 months: 99 (69 now married, 30 unmarried)


Housing units in zip code 68856 with a mortgage: 45 (2 second mortgage, 3 home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 127

Median monthly owner costs for units with a mortgage: $965
Median monthly owner costs for units without a mortgage: $405

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2015:
This zip code:

8.0%
Whole state:

12.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2015:
This zip code:

6.0%
Whole state:

7.3%
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.9
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.2
State:

4.3
  • Notable locations in this zip code not listed on our city pages

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  • Notable locations in zip code 68856: Brenizer Library (A), Merna Volunteer Fire Department (B), Merna Emergency Medical Services (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Churches in zip code 68856 include: Cliff Church (A), Saint Pauls Catholic Church (B), United Methodist Church (C), Immanuel Lutheran Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Cemeteries: Dale Cemetery (1), Merna Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Year house built

  • 2Built 2014 or later
  • 0Built 2010 to 2013
  • 11Built 2000 to 2009
  • 24Built 1990 to 1999
  • 8Built 1980 to 1989
  • 53Built 1970 to 1979
  • 15Built 1960 to 1969
  • 21Built 1950 to 1959
  • 23Built 1940 to 1949
  • 126Built 1939 or earlier
Note: State values scaled to 68856 population

Zip code 68856 satellite photo by USGS

Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Merna, NE (68856)

  • 0no bedroom
  • 01 bedroom
  • 402 bedrooms
  • 653 bedrooms
  • 544 bedrooms
  • 135+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Zip code 68856 population

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Merna, NE (68856)

  • 0no bedroom
  • 61 bedroom
  • 192 bedrooms
  • 323 bedrooms
  • 74 bedrooms
  • 45+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Zip code 68856 population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Cars and other vehicles available in Merna, NE (68856) in owner-occupied houses/condos

  • 6no vehicle
  • 381 vehicle
  • 812 vehicles
  • 383 vehicles
  • 74 vehicles
  • 25+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Zip code 68856 population

Cars and other vehicles available in Merna, NE (68856) in renter-occupied apartments

  • 4no vehicle
  • 311 vehicle
  • 272 vehicles
  • 43 vehicles
  • 04 vehicles
  • 25+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Zip code 68856 population

  • Zip code 68856 household income distribution in 2015

  • Zip code 68856 household income distribution in 2015
  • 12Less than $10,000
  • 12$10,000 to $14,999
  • 20$15,000 to $19,999
  • 13$20,000 to $24,999
  • 18$25,000 to $29,999
  • 13$30,000 to $34,999
  • 6$35,000 to $39,999
  • 9$40,000 to $44,999
  • 13$45,000 to $49,999
  • 32$50,000 to $59,999
  • 19$60,000 to $74,999
  • 31$75,000 to $99,999
  • 17$100,000 to $124,999
  • 6$125,000 to $149,999
  • 8$150,000 to $199,999
  • 11$200,000 or more
  • Estimate of home value of owner-occupied houses/condos in 2015 in zip code 68856

  • Estimate of home value of owner-occupied houses/condos in 2015 in zip code 68856
  • 7$15,000 to $19,999
  • 2$20,000 to $24,999
  • 12$25,000 to $29,999
  • 10$30,000 to $34,999
  • 8$35,000 to $39,999
  • 13$40,000 to $49,999
  • 10$50,000 to $59,999
  • 14$60,000 to $69,999
  • 17$70,000 to $79,999
  • 14$80,000 to $89,999
  • 12$90,000 to $99,999
  • 18$100,000 to $124,999
  • 8$125,000 to $149,999
  • 4$175,000 to $199,999
  • 3$200,000 to $249,999
  • 5$250,000 to $299,999
  • 11$300,000 to $399,999
  • 3$400,000 to $499,999
  • 1$500,000 to $749,999
  • Rent paid by renters in 2015 in zip code 68856

  • Rent paid by renters in 2015 in zip code 68856
  • 3$150 to $199
  • 8$200 to $249
  • 7$250 to $299
  • 13$300 to $349
  • 5$350 to $399
  • 1$400 to $449
  • 10$450 to $499
  • 4$600 to $649
  • 17No cash rent

Median gross rent in 2015: $585.

Estimated median house (or condo) value in 2015 for:

  • White Non-Hispanic householders: $74,554

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $75,900
68856:

$75,900
Nebraska:

$141,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $43,100 - $113,900

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $113,747
Here:

$113,747
State:

$178,117

Mobile homes: $45,958
Here:

$45,958
State:

$54,202

Owners and renters by unit type (%)

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 233
  • One, attached: 1
  • Two: 3
  • Mobile homes: 46

Unemployment: 5.0%

  • Means of transportation to work in zip code 68856

  • Means of transportation to work in zip code 68856
  • 89.7%243Drove a car alone
  • 3.7%10Carpooled
  • 2.6%7Walked
  • 4.1%11Worked at home
  • Travel time to work (commute) in zip code 68856

  • Travel time to work (commute) in zip code 68856
  • 22Less than 5 minutes
  • 425 to 9 minutes
  • 7710 to 14 minutes
  • 7215 to 19 minutes
  • 1520 to 24 minutes
  • 1125 to 29 minutes
  • 830 to 34 minutes
  • 235 to 39 minutes
  • 240 to 44 minutes
  • 645 to 59 minutes
  • 360 to 89 minutes

Percentage of zip code residents living and working in this county: 97.4%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 548
  • In family households: 483 (116 male householders, 61 female householders)
    150 spouses, 142 children (124 natural, 8 adopted, 12 stepchildren), 5 grandchildren, 5 brothers or sisters, 1 parents, 0 other relatives, 3 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 65 (27 male householders (27 living alone)), 36 female householders (34 living alone)), 2 nonrelatives

Size of family households: 108 2-persons, 19 3-persons, 34 4-persons, 15 5-persons, 1 6-persons

Size of nonfamily households: 61 1-person, 2 2-persons

98 married couples with children.
22 single-parent households (7 men, 15 women).

98.2% of residents of 68856 zip code speak English at home.
1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% very well, 33% well).

Foreign born population: 2 (0.4%)
(100.0% of them are naturalized citizens)
This zip code:

0.4%
Whole state:

6.8%

Most common first ancestries reported in 68856 (%)

  • 41%German
  • 14%Irish
  • 10%American
  • 8%English
  • 3%Italian
  • 3%Scottish
  • 2%Polish

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 02010 or later
  • 02000 to 2009
  • 11990 to 1999
  • 1Before 1990
Note: State values scaled to 68856 population

Zip code 68856 topographic map

Facilities with environmental interests located in this zip code:

  • FARMERS COOPERATIVE GRAIN COMPANY (141 NORTH RAILROAD STREET in MERNA, NE)
    AIR MINOR (AIRS/AFS)
    (Integrated Compliance Information System) - ICIS-07-1995-0037, FORMAL ENFORCEMENT ACTION, ICIS-07-1991-0446,
    COMPLIANCE ACTIVITY (Tracking inspections of insecticide, fungicide, and rodenticide, and toxic substances)
    STATE MASTER (Nebraska tracking) - EPCRA, AIR PROGRAM, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit, HAZARDOUS WASTE PROGRAM
    Business SIC classification: GRAIN AND FIELD BEANS; FARM SUPPLIES; LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (BOTTLED GAS) DEALERS
    Alternative names: DALE HALLER, FARMERS CO-OP GRAIN CO, FARMERS COOP GRAIN CO-MERNA, FARMERS COOP GRAIN-MERNA, FARMERS COOP GRAIN OF MERNA, HALLER, DALE (FARMERS COOP GRAIN), LEWIS, ROBERT
  • ANSELMO-MERNA PUBLIC SCHOOLS (EWING ST& STATE HIGHWAY 2 in MERNA, NE)
    COMPLIANCE ACTIVITY (Tracking inspections of insecticide, fungicide, and rodenticide, and toxic substances)
    STATE MASTER (Nebraska tracking) - -082493-99-0004, LEAKING STORAGE TANK, -NE0128554, UIC
    Alternative names: ANSELMO-MERNA PUBLIC SCHLS
  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT MERNA ( in MERNA, NE)
    (National Center for Education Statistics) - STATE ID-210015002
    Organizations: ANSELMO-MERNA PUBLIC SCHOOLS (SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • FARMERS COOPERATIVE GRAIN CO OF MERNA, NE (1 MILE SE OF TOWN, HWY 2 in MERNA, NE)
    (Integrated Compliance Information System) - ICIS-07-1999-0207, FORMAL ENFORCEMENT ACTION
  • MERNA WASTEWATER TREATMENT (NO ADDRESS in MERNA, NE)
    AIR MINOR (AIRS/AFS)
    Business SIC classification: REFUSE SYSTEMS
  • CURTIS LARRY (RAILROAD AVENUE in MERNA, NE)
    COMPLIANCE ACTIVITY (Tracking inspections of insecticide, fungicide, and rodenticide, and toxic substances)
  • FARMERS CO-OP GRAIN CO (141 N RAILROAD ST in MERNA, NE)
    CRITERIA AND HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANT INVENTORY (Inventory of air pollution sources)
    Business SIC classification: GRAIN AND FIELD BEANS

Zip code 68856 marital status for males
Zip code 68856 marital status for females

Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5.7%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2.5%

Most commonly used house heating fuel

  • 46%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 35%Electricity
  • 7%Wood
  • 5%Utility gas
  • 3%Other fuel
  • 3%No fuel used
  • 2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Population in 1990: 913. Population change in the 1990s: -323 (-35.4%).

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 472
  • Northeast: 6
  • Midwest: 34
  • South: 10
  • West: 24

68% of the 68856 zip code residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 71% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 50% lived in Nebraska.

90% of the 68856 zip code residents lived in the same house 1 year ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 30% moved from this county.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 62% moved from different county within same state.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 8% moved from different state.

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Private vs. public school enrollment:

Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school):
Here:

0.0%
Nebraska:

12.4%
Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school):
Here:

0.0%
Nebraska:

11.1%
Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1
Here:

14.3%
Nebraska:

16.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Class of Workers (%)

Occupation by median earnings in the past 12 months ($)

  • 54,375Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations
  • 50,417Management occupations
  • 48,750Business and financial operations occupations
  • 48,750Material moving occupations
  • 47,500Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
  • 41,250Production occupations
Note: State values scaled to 68856 population

Top industries in this zip code by the number of employees in 2005:

  • Wholesale Trade: Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers (5-9 employees: 1 establishment)
  • Wholesale Trade: Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers (5-9: 1)
  • Construction: Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction (5-9: 1)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance: Offices of Dentists (1-4: 2)
  • Other Services (except Public Administration): General Automotive Repair (1-4: 1)
  • Other Services (except Public Administration): Religious Organizations (1-4: 1)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Most common first names in zip code 68856 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 zip code 68856 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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