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      Living in Kearney, NE

      Located in the state of Nebraska, Kearney is a moderately-sized city with a population of 32,709 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Kearney is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. The median age of all Kearney residents is 31, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for a younger demographic. Kearney has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 78% of the population is classified as married and 57% have kids.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Kearney could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Nebraska if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, commute, health & safety, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Kearney and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Kearney to Nebraska and the national average.

      Using data and statistics Kearney has received a livability score of 83/100. This score is ranked in the 97th percentile when compared to all other cities. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Kearney could be a great choice! Kearney has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. For each of the livability categories, we know that Kearney ranks very well for amenities (B), crime (B+), cost of living (A+), education (A-), employment (B-) and housing (A+).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, shops, etc., Kearney has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Kearney: Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Museum of Nebraska Art, and Cottonmill Lake.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Kearney can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife, parks and proximity to public transportation are all important things to look for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Kearney is real estate affordability. The median home price for Kearney homes is $159,400, which is 16.1% higher than the Nebraska average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Kearney, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 24% higher than the Nebraska average.

      Kearney transportation information

      Statistic Kearney Nebraska National
      Average one way commute12min18min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.3%81.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.7%9.4%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.0%0.7%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.7%2.8%2.8%
      Working from home3.3%4.3%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Kearney, NE data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).