Palmer, Nebraska

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Population in 2019: 467 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -1.1%
 
Males: 190  (40.8%)
Females: 277  (59.2%)
Median resident age:

35.2 years
Nebraska median age:

36.8 years

Zip codes: 68864.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $57,568 (it was $33,676 in 2000)
Palmer:

$57,568
NE:

$63,229

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $25,335 (it was $16,589 in 2000)

Palmer village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $100,538 (it was $44,100 in 2000)
Palmer:

$100,538
NE:

$172,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $96,875; detached houses: $99,989; mobile homes: $38,498

Median gross rent in 2019: $700.

March 2019 cost of living index in Palmer: 74.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 11.5%
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  • Races in Palmer, NE (2019)
    • 50996.2%White alone
    • 81.5%Two or more races
    • 81.5%Hispanic

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



According to our research of Nebraska and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Palmer, Nebraska as of June 21, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Palmer is 217 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (67.8%), American (6.3%), Irish (4.6%), Polish (4.6%), Pennsylvania German (2.9%), Scottish (1.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1795 feet

Land area: 0.53 square miles.

Population density: 882 people per square mile   (low).

Palmer, Nebraska map

4 residents are foreign born

This village:

0.8%
Nebraska:

7.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,739 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $997 (1.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lincoln, NE (87.4 miles , pop. 225,581).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (549.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Archer, NE (2.7 miles),
Cushing, NE (2.8 miles),
St. Paul, NE (3.2 miles ),
St. Libory, NE (3.3 miles ),
Wolbach, NE (3.8 miles ),
Chapman, NE (3.8 miles ),
Central City, NE (3.9 miles ),
Dannebrog, NE (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 41.22 N, Longitude: 98.26 W

Area code: 308

Distribution of median household income in Palmer, NE in 2019
Distribution of house value in Palmer, NE in 2019
Palmer satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.1%
Nebraska:

2.7%
Population change in the 1990s: +89 (+23.2%).
Most common industries in Palmer, NE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (13.5%)
  • Health care (12.7%)
  • Food (12.3%)
  • Truck transportation (6.7%)
  • Construction (6.0%)
  • Educational services (5.6%)
  • Gasoline stations (5.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (18.9%)
  • Food (12.9%)
  • Construction (11.4%)
  • Truck transportation (11.4%)
  • Gasoline stations (8.3%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (6.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (26.7%)
  • Food (11.7%)
  • Educational services (11.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.0%)
  • Public administration (5.0%)
Most common occupations in Palmer, NE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9.5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4.8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.0%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (18.2%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7.6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.6%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Other transportation occupations (5.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (13.3%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.7%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)

Average climate in Palmer, Nebraska

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Tornado activity:

Palmer-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Nebraska state average. It is 112% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/1964, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 13.9 miles away from the Palmer village center injured 11 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 6/3/1980, a category F4 tornado 21.0 miles away from the village center killed 3 people and injured 110 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Palmer-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Nebraska state average. It is 369% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 339.4 miles away from Palmer center
On 6/22/2019 at 08:50:24, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MW, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 151.8 miles away from the city center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 668.6 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 111.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi) earthquake occurred 401.8 miles away from Palmer center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 215.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Merrick County (14) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Winter Storms: 4, Winds: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Palmer topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Palmer:

  • IHS AT PALMER (RR #2 BOX 28A)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Palmer:

  • HERITAGE LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; ST PAUL, NE)
  • LITZENBERG MEMORIAL COUNTY HOSPITAL LTC (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; CENTRAL CITY, NE)
  • CENTRAL CITY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; CENTRAL CITY, NE)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Palmer:

  • Central Community College (about 24 miles; Grand Island, NE; Full-time enrollment: 4,159)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 57 miles; Kearney, NE; FT enrollment: 6,047)
  • Northeast Community College (about 73 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 3,334)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 86 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 20,817)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (about 89 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 2,072)
  • Southeast Community College Area (about 90 miles; Lincoln, NE; FT enrollment: 8,838)
  • Wayne State College (about 96 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)

Public high school in Palmer:

Public elementary/middle school in Palmer:

See full list of schools located in Palmer

Library in Palmer:

  • PALMER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $15,685; Location: WEST COMMERCIAL STREET; 7,054 books; 143 audio materials; 389 video materials; 17 state licensed databases; 13 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Palmer: Palmer (A), Palmer Public Library (B), Palmer Rural Fire District (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Palmer include: Saint Johns Lutheran Church (A), First Church of Christ (B), United Methodist Church (C), Wesleyan Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Merrick 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 Palmer that have no violations reported:

  • PALMER, VILLAGE OF (Population served: 427, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This village:

2.4 people
Nebraska:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:

67.3%
Whole state:

64.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:

8.8%
Whole state:

6.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
54 people in residential treatment centers for adults in 2010
24 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Palmer (2011 data):

  • Pinnacle Bank: Palmer Branch at 912 Commercial Street, branch established on 1938/12/03. Info updated 2010/12/10: Bank assets: $3,171.2 mil, Deposits: $2,710.9 mil, headquarters in Lincoln, NE, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 60 total offices, Holding Company: Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Palmer:

Marital status in Palmer, NE
  • Never married: 28.8%
  • Now married: 56.2%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 7.9%
  • Divorced: 5.7%

For population 25 years and over in Palmer:

  • High school or higher: 90.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.3%
  • Unemployed: 0.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.7
Nebraska average:

10.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Palmer
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Palmer, NE (based on Merrick County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,30913
Evangelical Protestant1,06910
Catholic9483
Other31
None3,516-
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: 3
Merrick County:

3.91 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.60 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Here:

9.13 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Here:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
Nebraska:

7.76 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.1%
State:

7.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Merrick County:

29.9%
State:

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

10.6%
Nebraska:

12.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Palmer:

45.1%
State:

47.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

48.0%
Nebraska:

43.2%

Average BMI:
Palmer:

29.1
State:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

13.6%
Nebraska:

22.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Palmer:

7.2%
Nebraska:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

7.0
Nebraska:

6.8

Overweight people:
Palmer:

25.3%
State:

33.0%

General health condition:
Here:

53.8%
State:

54.0%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

83.1%
Nebraska:

77.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Palmer, NE Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Streets and Highways 2$7,473$44,8380$0
Financial Administration 0$0 1$647
Totals for Government 2$7,473$44,8381$647

Palmer government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $3,000 ($6.42)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $93,000 ($199.14)
    Water Utilities: $91,000 ($194.86)
    Sewerage: $80,000 ($171.31)
    Solid Waste Management: $41,000 ($87.79)
    Parks and Recreation: $35,000 ($74.95)
    Central Staff Services: $32,000 ($68.52)
    Financial Administration: $24,000 ($51.39)
    Libraries: $12,000 ($25.70)
    General Public Buildings: $5,000 ($10.71)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($4.28)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $109,000 ($233.40)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $8,000 ($17.13)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($2.14)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $194,000 ($415.42)

Palmer government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $134,000 ($286.94)
    Solid Waste Management: $31,000 ($66.38)
    Parks and Recreation: $8,000 ($17.13)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $8,000 ($17.13)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $8,000 ($17.13)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $136,000 ($291.22)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $59,000 ($126.34)
    General Local Government Support: $34,000 ($72.81)
  • Tax - Property: $124,000 ($265.52)

Palmer government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,732,000 ($5850.11)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,539,000 ($3295.50)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,446,000 ($3096.36)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $253,000 ($541.76)

Palmer government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,275,000 ($2730.19)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $378,000 ($809.42)

Strongest AM radio stations in Palmer:

  • KMMJ (750 AM; 11 kW; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: JRK BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KRGI (1430 AM; 5 kW; GRAND ISLAND, NE)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKPR (1460 AM; 5 kW; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PLATTE RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTIC (840 AM; daytime; 5 kW; WEST POINT, NE; Owner: WEST POINT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KOMJ (590 AM; 5 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Palmer:

  • KZEN (100.3 FM; CENTRAL CITY, NE; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF COLUMBUS, INC.)
  • KSYZ-FM (107.7 FM; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: NEUHOFF BROADCASTING-GRAND ISLAND, I)
  • KHNE-FM (89.1 FM; HASTINGS, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMM.)
  • KRGY (97.3 FM; AURORA, NE; Owner: JRK BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KKOT (93.5 FM; COLUMBUS, NE; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF COLUMBUS, INC)
  • KRGI-FM (96.5 FM; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: JRK BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KTMX (104.9 FM; YORK, NE; Owner: PRAIRIE STATES BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Palmer:

  • KTVG (Channel 17; GRAND ISLAND, NE; Owner: HILL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KHAS-TV (Channel 5; HASTINGS, NE; Owner: GREATER NEBRASKA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KHNE-TV (Channel 29; HASTINGS, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMM.)
  • KHGI-TV (Channel 13; KEARNEY, NE; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF CENTRAL NEBRASKA, A CALIFORNIA LP)

Palmer fatal accident list:

Mar 9, 1977 12:20 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 102ft / 31.4mTotal length
  • 2,110Total average daily traffic
  • 104Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,368Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
New bridges in Palmer, NE - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31930-1939
  • 21970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 32000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Palmer, NE

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Michael J Umano, 104 Zurich Street (Lat: 41.220722 Lon: -98.269750), Type: 60.9, Overall height: 59.4 m, Registrant: Kevin.Delaney@induscom.Com, Phone: (781) 319-1011
  • Michael J Umano, 104 Zurich Street (Lat: 41.220722 Lon: -98.269750), Type: 60.9, Overall height: 59.4 m, Registrant: Kevin.Delaney@induscom.Com, Phone: (781) 319-1011

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 310 R Road (Lat: 41.176667 Lon: -98.248833), Type: Pipe, Structure height: 12.2 m, Overall height: 15.8 m, Call Sign: WQSD281,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.510 MHz, Grant Date: 09/04/2013, Expiration Date: 09/04/2023, Certifier: Matt Joseph, Registrant: Platte Valley Communications, Inc., P.O. Box 5556, Grand Island, NE 68802, Phone: (308) 382-6212, Fax: (308) 384-1557, Email:
  • Lat: 41.351139 Lon: -98.148028, Call Sign: WQTG628,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.615 MHz, Grant Date: 01/29/2014, Expiration Date: 01/29/2024, Certifier: David Sharman, Registrant: Platte Valley Communications, Inc., P.O. Box 5556, Grand Island, NE 68802, Phone: (308) 382-6212, Fax: (308) 384-1557, Email:
  • South Pleuna (Lat: 41.215111 Lon: -98.258972), Type: Silo, Structure height: 24.3 m, Overall height: 27.4 m, Call Sign: WQXM712,
    Assigned Frequencies: 452.987 MHz, Grant Date: 04/18/2016, Expiration Date: 04/18/2026, Certifier: Kyle Afrank, Registrant: Green Line Equipment, 1110 E Highway 275, Neligh, NE 68756, Phone: (402) 929-0075, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

2004 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2004 - 2017 the average number of fires per year is 9. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 20 took place in 2007, and the least - 1 in 2004. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Palmer, NE When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (55.0%), and Other (20.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Palmer, NE
    • 7155.0%Outside Fires
    • 2620.2%Other
    • 1612.4%Structure Fires
    • 1612.4%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Palmer, NE
Most common first names in Palmer, NE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1479.4 years
William1181.4 years
George1080.8 years
Carl784.6 years
Margaret780.0 years
Frank782.7 years
Charles780.1 years
Walter577.8 years
Fred582.0 years
Emma588.0 years
Most common last names in Palmer, NE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Nicholas1184.6 years
Rudolf878.5 years
Suck783.6 years
Prochaska678.8 years
Forbes676.3 years
Santin676.6 years
Dankert581.6 years
Burkhardt584.8 years
Meyer583.6 years
Bader576.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Palmer, NE
  • 52.3%Utility gas
  • 31.4%Electricity
  • 11.0%Wood
  • 5.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Palmer, NE
  • 69.7%Utility gas
  • 30.3%Electricity


Palmer 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.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
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