Kearney, NE

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2021 Population
33,558
0.666% 1-year decline
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Pete Ricketts
Republican Party
2021 Median Age
32.1
0% 1-year change
2021 Poverty Rate
15.5%
5.84% 1-year increase
2021 Median Household Income
$62,695
3.19% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$192,200
1.8% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
18,951
1.05% 1-year decline

About

In 2021, Kearney, NE had a population of 33.6k people with a median age of 32.1 and a median household income of $62,695.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kearney, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (84%), White (Hispanic) (4.72%), Other (Hispanic) (3.81%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.91%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.01%).

None of the households in Kearney, NE reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.5% of the residents in Kearney, NE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kearney, NE are University of Nebraska at Kearney (181215) (1,448 degrees awarded in 2021).

In 2021, the median property value in Kearney, NE was $192,200, and the homeownership rate was 58.3%.

Most people in Kearney, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 14.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Kearney, NE was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Kearney, NE is home to a population of 33.6k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2021, 4.81% of Kearney, NE residents were born outside of the country (1.62k people).

In 2021, there were 17.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.2k people) in Kearney, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.58k White (Hispanic) and 1.28k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.5%
2021 Citizenship
97.3%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 97.5% of Kearney, NE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kearney, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    28.2k ± 336
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.58k ± 327
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    1.28k ± 337
9.71%
Hispanic Population
3.26k people

In 2021, there were 17.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.2k people) in Kearney, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.58k White (Hispanic) and 1.28k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.71% of the people in Kearney, NE are hispanic (3.26k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    49,893 ± 5,413 people
  2. Guatemala
    9,174 ± 2,346 people
  3. India
    6,256 ± 1,939 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 49,893 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 9,174 and India with 6,256.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.81%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.62k people
5.02%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.7k people

As of 2021, 4.81% of Kearney, NE residents (1.62k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    655 ± 172
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    385 ± 152
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    179 ± 82

Kearney, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.7 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Kearney, NE employs 19k people. The largest industries in Kearney, NE are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,036 people), Retail Trade (2,973 people), and Educational Services (2,153 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,208), Finance & Insurance ($65,195), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,393).

Males in Nebraska have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,864. The income inequality in Nebraska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

19k
2021 Value
± 994
−1.05%
1 Year decline
± 7.56%

In 2021, there were 19k employees (± 994) in Kearney, NE.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kearney, NE, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,635 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,357 people), and Management Occupations (1,704 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kearney, NE.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

19k
2021 Value
± 994
−1.05%
1 Year decline
± 7.56%

In 2021, there were 19k employees (± 994) in Kearney, NE.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kearney, NE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,036 people), Retail Trade (2,973 people), and Educational Services (2,153 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kearney, NE, though some of these residents may live in Kearney, NE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,981
Median earning men ± $3,599
$27,974
Median earning women ± $3,031

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($92,612), Wholesale Trade ($62,841), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,839).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Construction ($54,063), Public Administration ($49,519), and Manufacturing ($47,578).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in Nebraska. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Nebraska.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $26B
  2. $14.9B
  3. $13.5B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Meat/seafood with $26B, followed by Live animals/fish ($14.9B) and Cereal grains ($13.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Nebraska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$145B
2020 Value in Nebraska
$286B
Projected 2050 Value in Nebraska
97.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Nebraska trade was $145B. This is expected to increase 97.1% to $286B by 2050.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $10.2B
  2. $7.65B
  3. $6.86B

In 2020, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $10.2B, followed by Kansas with $7.65B and Texas and $6.86B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Nebraska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Nebraska went to Donald J. Trump with 58.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.12%).

Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts are the senators currently representing the state of Nebraska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Nebraska

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Senator from Nebraska1
  1. Deb Fischer
    Assumed office on January 3, 2013
  2. Pete Ricketts
    Assumed office on January 23, 2023
    Appointed to the seat on January 12, 2023 following the resignation of Ben Sasse.

Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts are the senators currently representing Nebraska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Nebraska

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Nebraska have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2021, universities in Kearney, NE awarded 1,448 degrees. The student population of Kearney, NE in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 2,226 male students and 4,049 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kearney, NE are White (1,217 and 87.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (112 and 8.06%), Two or More Races (25 and 1.8%), and Black or African American (19 and 1.37%).

The largest universities in Kearney, NE by number of degrees awarded are University of Nebraska at Kearney (181215) (1,448 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Kearney, NE are General Business Administration & Management (143 and 9.88%), Elementary Education & Teaching (118 and 8.15%), and General Biological Sciences (115 and 7.94%).

The median tuition cost in Kearney, NE for a public four year colleges is $6,270 for in-state students and $13,650 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2021 in Kearney, NE, the percentage of applicants admitted was 90.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 6,275 (35.5% men and 64.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 6,275 students enrolled in Kearney, NE, 35.5% men and 64.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,882 records, of which 66.5% were women and 33.5% men.

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Concentrations

In 2021, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Kearney, NE was Elementary Education & Teaching with 107 degrees awarded.

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Universities

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Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,448 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Nebraska at Kearney (181215) with 1,448 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

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In 2021, 499 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kearney, NE, which is 0.526 times less than the 949 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,217 degrees mean that there were 10.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 112 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($6,270) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,670) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 4-year or above ($700) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.964% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.968% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (380k), Some college (367k), and Bachelors Degree (301k).

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The median property value in Kearney, NE was $192,200 in 2021, which is 0.785 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $188,800 to $192,200, a 1.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Kearney, NE is 58.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Kearney, NE have an average commute time of 14.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kearney, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Kearney, NE is $62,695. In 2021, the place with the highest median household income in Kearney, NE was Census Tract 9692.04 with a value of $90,586, followed by Census Tract 9692.03 and Census Tract 9692.02, with respective values of $75,492 and $75,043.

Property

$192,200
Median Property Value 2021
±$6,713
$8,078
Median Property Taxes
±$619

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kearney, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Kearney, NE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

58.3%
Homeownership
N/A
62.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In N/A, 58.3% of the housing units in Kearney, NE were occupied by their owner.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9692.04
  2. Census Tract 9692.03
  3. Census Tract 9692.02

In 2021, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kearney, NE was Census Tract 9692.04 with a value of $90,586, followed by Census Tract 9692.03 and Census Tract 9692.02, with respective values of $75,492 and $75,043.

The following map shows all of the places in Kearney, NE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,695
Median Household Income
± $4,049
115k
Number of Households
± 2,213

In 2021, the median household income of the 115k households in Kearney, NE was $62,695.

The following chart displays the households in Kearney, NE distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kearney, NE is from Nebraska.
0.444
2021 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2021, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.499% growth from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (83%)
  2. Carpooled (9.33%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.43%)

In 2021, 83% of workers in Kearney, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.33%) and those who worked at home (4.43%).

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Commute Time

14.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kearney, NE have a shorter commute time (14.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 1.64% of the workforce in Kearney, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Kearney, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Kearney, NE have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kearney, NE (4.89k out of 31.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kearney, NE is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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92.2% of the population of Kearney, NE has health coverage, with 53.5% on employee plans, 10.7% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 15% on non-group plans, and 1.59% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Buffalo County, NE see 1182 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.16% increase from the previous year (1103 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1222 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 254 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,182 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Buffalo County, NE

Primary care physicians in Buffalo County, NE see an average of 1,182 patients per year. This represents a 7.16% increase from the previous year (1,103 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Buffalo County, NE in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.2% under 18 years, 29.4% between 18 and 34 years, 32% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.83%
Uninsured
53.5%
Employer Coverage
10.7%
Medicaid
11.4%
Medicare
15%
Non-Group
1.59%
Military or VA

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kearney, NE changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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