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Overview

Introduction to Kearney, Missouri

Kearney, Missouri, in Clay county, is located 19 miles N of Independence, Missouri (center to center) and is 21 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. Part of the surrounding Kansas City metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Kearney is home to approximately 5,472 residents.

Kearney History

Kearney was founded by W. R. Cave and David T. Duncan in 1856. It was originally named as Centerville. It was served by the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad, which is a subsidiary of Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad. Some believe that the city was named after Fort Kearney, Nebraska. However, others believe that it was named for Charles E. Kearney, the president of the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad. Kearney was incorporated in 1869. It is the birth place of Jesse Woodson James, the famous member of James - Younger Gang.

Kearney and nearby Attractions

  • Jesse James Farm and Museum
  • Watkins Mill State Park
  • Excelsior Springs Golf Course
  • Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site
  • National Frontier Trails Museum
  • Wallace State Park

Things To Do In Kearney

Kearney is home to Jesse James Farm and Museum. One can visit the Watkins Mill State Park, which offers facilities for fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming. The park also includes shelters for picnic. The Excelsior Springs Golf Course is an ideal destination for the golf lovers. Tourists can visit the Strawberry Hill Museum, Watkins Mill State Park, and Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. Kearney also hosts the Jesse James Festival every year in the month of September.

Kearney Transportation

Kansas City International Airport is the nearest major air transportation facility.

Kearney Higher Education

Metropolitan Community College, University of Missouri - Kansas City, and Park University provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,469
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+4,780
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married52.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.7%
Median Earnings25+$41,036
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,466
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,563

Wealth

Median Family Income$81,741
% Above Poverty Level95.9%
% Below Poverty Level4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone19.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,090
Median House Value$165,600

Ancestry

German28.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.5%
Irish19.5%
English10.8%
Italian3.4%
French Except Basque1.9%
Scottish1.8%
Polish1.6%
Dutch1.3%
Welsh1.2%
Austrian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Croatian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Czech0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Kearney Almanac

CategoryValue
County Clay County
Standard Zip Codes64060
Phone Area Codes816
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.36
Approximate Longitude-94.36

Kearney Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationSMITHVILLE LAKE
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp42 to 63 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 67 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationEDGERTON
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 38 F
Apr Temp41 to 68 F
Jul Temp65 to 90 F
Oct Temp42 to 70 F
Annual Precip39 inches
StationINDEPENDENCE
Distance18.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Crystal Lakes319$67,500
Excelsior Estates202$37,917
Excelsior Springs11,555$60,651
Holt481$51,250
Liberty30,602$82,908
Mosby190$46,250

Kearney Public Schools

Dogwood Elem.
1400 Cedar Wood Pkwy
ZIP: 64060
(816) 903-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Hawthorne Elem.
1815 S Jefferson
ZIP: 64060
(816) 628-4114
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Kearney Elem.
902 S Jefferson
ZIP: 64060
(816) 628-4113
Primary
Total Enrollment 274
Kearney High
715 E 19th St
ZIP: 64060
(816) 628-4585
High
Total Enrollment 901
Kearney Jr. High
2215 S Campus St
ZIP: 64060
(816) 628-2650
Other
Total Enrollment 589
Kearney Middle
200 E 5th St
ZIP: 64060
(816) 628-4115
Middle
Total Enrollment 571
Southview Elem.
7 S Campus Dr
ZIP: 64060
(816) 628-4652
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
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