Kearney, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Kearney, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Kearney is the 5th largest city in Nebraska with a population of 33,034 as of July 1, 2017. Kearney ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Kearney is located at latitude 40.7007 and longitude -99.0837 in Buffalo County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kearney (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.15 sq. miles and a water area of 0.23 sq. miles. Buffalo County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 2,152 feet.

The City of Kearney (GNIS ID: 838076) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Kearney population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Kearney, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 33,034
Daytime Population: Workers 21,182
Daytime Population: Residents 15,066
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 36,248
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 31,081
Population in Familes 22,283
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,953
Population Density2 2,512
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $50,676
Average Household Income $65,871
Per Capita Income $26,489


Total Housing Units 13,739 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,301 (53.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,863 (42.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 575 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $159,592
Average Home Value $176,377


Total Households 13,164
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 7,513
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.0% 1.09%
Households 1.08% 1.14%
Families 0.98% 0.97%
Median Household Income   2.8%
Per Capita Income   2.87%

Kearney, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kearney to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 5 99th
Population Density # 15 98th
Diversity Index # 62 89th
Median Household Income # 297 49th
Per Capita Income # 381 34th

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