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The Village of Merna had a population of 366 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 366
Daytime Population: Workers 136
Daytime Population: Residents 163
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 299
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.82
Population in Households 366
Population in Familes 320
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 683
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $48,590
Average Household Income $71,025
Per Capita Income $29,543


Total Housing Units 175 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 114 (65.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 40 (22.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 21 (12.0%)
Median Home Value $100,000
Average Home Value $177,632


Total Households 154
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 114
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 0.11% 0.05%
Households 0.27% 0.13%
Families 0.49% 0.17%
Median Household Income   3.65%
Per Capita Income   3.58%

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, 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 # 241 59th
Population Density # 344 41st
Diversity Index # 485 17th
Median Household Income # 334 43rd
Per Capita Income # 213 63rd

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