Kearney 82 Exceptional
Kearney Livability #40 ranked city in Nebraska#2,111 ranked city in the USARanks better than 92% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Kearney Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Kearney Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Nebraska
919% less expensive than the US average
9010% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kearney cost of living
C Kearney Crime Total crime is 4% higher than Nebraska
Total crime
2,339equal to the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 43equal to the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Kearney crime
C- Kearney Employment Household income is 6% lower than Nebraska
Median household income
$51,3337% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,27412% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%42% lower than the US average
Kearney employment
C Kearney Housing Home value is 16% higher than Nebraska
Median home value
$159,40014% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$72224% lower than the US average
Home ownership
57%10% lower than the US average
Kearney real estate or Kearney rentals
B+ Kearney Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Nebraska
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
57%19% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:113% lower than the US average
Kearney K-12 schools
B+ Kearney User Ratings There are a total of 7 ratings in Kearney
Overall user rating
76% 7 total ratings
User reviews rating
0% 0 total reviews
User surveys rating
76% 7 total surveys
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      Living in Kearney, NE

      Kearney is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. The city has a population of 32,709 residents. The majority of Kearney residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Kearney residents is 31. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Kearney might be a good fit as 78% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 57% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Living in Kearney can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of Nebraska, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Kearney, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, employment, housing and more.

      Kearney has a livability score of 83 out of 100 and is ranked #21 in Nebraska and #814 in the USA. Clearly, Kearney is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. The cherry on top is that Kearney also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Kearney ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B), cost of living (B) and education (A+). Unfortunately for Kearney, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: weather (D-).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Kearney on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Museum of Nebraska Art, and Hike-Bike Trail Bridge.

      Knowing that the Kearney schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 74%, which is far higher than the national average.

      Kearney real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Kearney. Median real estate prices in Kearney come in at $159,400, which is 16.1% higher than the Nebraska average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Kearney, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 24% higher than the Nebraska average. Real estate appreciation rates in Kearney are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Kearney homes comes in at 5.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 4.6%.

      Kearney transportation information

      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).