Merna, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Village of Merna had a population of 363 as of July 1, 2016. Merna ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Merna is located at latitude 41.4852 and longitude -99.7611 in Custer County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Merna (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.54 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Custer County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 2,664 feet.

The Village of Merna (GNIS ID: 2399317) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Merna is located within Township of Kilfoil, a minor civil division (MCD) of Custer County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Merna population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Merna, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 363
Population in Households 363
Population in Familes 318
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 678
Diversity Index2 6


Total Households 155
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 116
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 178 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 113 (63.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 42 (23.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 (12.9%)
Median Home Value $98,125
Average Home Value $192,035


Median Household Income $47,917
Average Household Income $70,913
Per Capita Income $30,128
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.0% -0.11%
Households 0.42% 0.13%
Families 0.85% 0.17%
Median Household Income   1.71%
Per Capita Income   2.61%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Merna, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Merna to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 244 58th
Population Density1 # 345 41st
Diversity Index2 # 494 15th
Median Household Income # 314 46th
Per Capita Income # 121 79th

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