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Overview

Introduction to Kearney, Nebraska

Kearney, Nebraska, in Buffalo county, is 126 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska and 168 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska.

Kearney History

Kearney is the county seat of Buffalo County. It derives its name from Fort Kearny, which was built in the area in 1848. People began settling here in 1871. The town was originally known as Platte River and was originally inhabited by Native Americans.

Kearney and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Kearney Museum
  • Trails and Rails Museum
  • Fort Kearney State Historical Park
  • Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
  • Sandy Channel State Recreation Area
  • Windmill State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Kearney

Lake Kearney is a popular location in the city, offering a wide variety of recreational facilities. The Church of the Nazarene, Saint George Orthodox Church, Calvary Baptist Church and Holy Cross Lutheran Church are some of the local churches. Dryden Park, Centennial Park and Apollo Park are all nearby as well.

Kearney Transportation

Kansas City International is the nearest major airport.

Kearney Higher Education

Central Community College, Northeast Community College, Wayne State College and Fort Hays State University are all nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population32,709
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+18,644
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married45.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.8%
Median Earnings25+$34,916
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,809
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,498

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,580
% Above Poverty Level83.5%
% Below Poverty Level16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone27.4%
Median Gross Rent$722
Median House Value$159,400

Ancestry

German40.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.8%
Irish13.4%
English8.4%
Swedish6.2%
Czech3.9%
French Except Basque3%
Danishn2.9%
Polish2.2%
Scottish2%
Dutch1.7%
Norwegian1.4%
Italian1.3%
Welsh0.7%
Arab0.6%
African0.6%
Russian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Sudanese0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Kearney Almanac

CategoryValue
County Buffalo County
Standard Zip Codes68845, 68847
P.O. Box Zip Codes68848
Company Zip Codes68849
Phone Area Codes308
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.72
Approximate Longitude-99.16

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)

StationKEARNEY 4 NE
Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp11 to 34 F
Apr Temp35 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp38 to 65 F
Annual Precip25.2 inches
StationRAVENNA
Distance24.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp38 to 67 F
Annual Precip26.1 inches
StationOVERTON 3 W
Distance26.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 37 F
Apr Temp36 to 64 F
Jul Temp61 to 88 F
Oct Temp36 to 68 F
Annual Precip24.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amherst225$60,750
Axtell658$68,194
Elm Creek969$52,353
Gibbon2,081$56,071
Minden2,911$62,893
Riverdale204$76,250

Kearney Public Libraries

Kearney Public Library
2020 FIRST AVENUE
Kearney, Nebraska
(308) 233-3282

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Kearney Hospitals

Chi Health Richard Young Behavioral Health
P O Box 1750, 1755 Prairie View Pl
(308) 865-2000
Chi Health Good Samaritan
P O Box 1990, 10 East 31st St
(308) 865-7100
Kearney Regional Medical Center
804 22nd Avenue
(308) 455-3600

Kearney Public Schools

Buffalo Hills Elementary
6110 11th Avenue
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8290
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Central Elementary School
300 W 24th St
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8040
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Glenwood Elementary School
8105 9th Ave
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8240
Primary
Total Enrollment 115
Horizon Middle School
915 W 35th St
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8120
Middle
Total Enrollment 548
Kearney Education Center
1511 5th Avenue
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8033
Primary
Total Enrollment 100
Kearney Sr High School
3610 6th Ave
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8060
High
Total Enrollment 1397
Kearney West High School
2802 30th Ave
ZIP: 68845
(308) 338-2011
High
Total Enrollment 98
Kenwood Elementary School
915 16th Ave
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8200
Primary
Total Enrollment 391
Park Elementary School
3000 7th Ave
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8280
Primary
Total Enrollment 265
Windy Hills Elementary School
4211 20th Ave
ZIP: 68845
(308) 698-8220
Primary
Total Enrollment 270
Bryant Elementary School
1611 Ave C
ZIP: 68847
(308) 698-8190
Primary
Total Enrollment 259
Emerson Elementary School
2705 Ave E
ZIP: 68847
(308) 698-8270
Primary
Total Enrollment 239
Meadowlark Elementary School
1010 E 53rd St
ZIP: 68847
(308) 698-8210
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Northeast Elementary School
910 E 34th St
ZIP: 68847
(308) 698-8230
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Sunrise Middle School
4611 Ave N
ZIP: 68847
(308) 698-8150
Middle
Total Enrollment 531

Kearney Private Schools

Faith Christian School Of Kearney
5710 19th Ave
ZIP: 68845
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
Kearney Catholic Schools
110 E 35th St
ZIP: 68847
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 327
Zion Lutheran School
2421 C Ave
ZIP: 68847
Elementary
Total Enrollment 63
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