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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Kearney is a town in Nebraska with a population of 33,082. Kearney is in Buffalo County and is one of the best places to live in Nebraska. Living in Kearney offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Kearney there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Kearney and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Kearney are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$165,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$746
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Kearney Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    102.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    8.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    318.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,897.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    122.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Kearney

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,494
National
$55,322
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Kearney Reviews

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Kearney is an absolutely wonderful place to live if you are looking for a smaller city. The people of this town are hard-working and down-to-Earth. There is a tremendous focus on small business and the local chamber of commerce does what it can to promote business owners in the county. Public schools are another great thing about living here. We have elementary schools all across the city for easy access as well as two middle schools on either side of town. The new high school building, which was finished nearly three years ago, is absolutely fantastic and offers students a tremendous education. We are also home to a University of Nebraska campus of nearly five-thousand students.
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I love Kearney. There are many activities and events in the community that make weekends and free time fun. Plus, the city is growing even more! Kearney is expanding and changing with society, helping us all function and work together with the new Marshall's and Freddy's on their way!
I have been living in Kearney, NE for over 6 years now, this town has become home to my family and I. I feel safe raising my children here. Kearney is a very clean place to live and the community takes pride in that. This town is continuing to grow significantly, with new restaurants and fast food chains opening almost every year! Kearney is the perfect place to raise a family in, it has everything we need to fulfill our shopping needs without the dangers of living in a city.