Kearney, Nebraska Population 2021

34,411
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Kearney is a city located in Buffalo County Nebraska. It is also the county seat of Buffalo County. With a 2020 population of 34,411, it is the 5th largest city in Nebraska (after Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and Grand Island) and the 1147th largest city in the United States . Kearney is currently growing at a rate of 0.80% annually and its population has increased by 11.77% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 30,787 in 2010. Kearney reached it's highest population of 34,411 in 2021. Spanning over 15 miles, Kearney has a population density of 2,380 people per square mile.

The average household income in Kearney is $73,815 with a poverty rate of 16.70%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $767 per month, and the median house value is $178,900. The median age in Kearney is 31.7 years, 31.1 years for males, and 32.5 years for females.

Kearney Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Kearney was:

  • White: 90.96%
  • Other race: 3.31%
  • Two or more races: 2.43%
  • Asian: 1.74%
  • Black or African American: 1.28%
  • Native American: 0.27%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Kearney, Nebraska is 34,411 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 33,595.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 30,787.

Kearney, Nebraska Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202156,6802630.46%
202056,4172630.47%
201956,1542630.47%
201855,891490.09%
201755,8421770.32%
201655,6655290.95%
201555,1363490.63%
201454,7873020.55%
201354,4853400.62%
201254,1457741.43%
201153,3717191.35%
201052,6520.00%

Kearney Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White30,44090.96%
Some Other Race1,1073.31%
Two or More Races8122.43%
Asian5831.74%
Black or African American4281.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native910.27%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander30.01%
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Kearney Population by Race

Kearney Population Pyramid $2021

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Kearney Median Age

31.7


Total

31.1


Male

32.5


Female

Kearney Adults

There are 26,258 adults, (4,516 of whom are seniors) in Kearney.

Kearney Age Dependency

53.9

Age Dependency Ratio

20.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Kearney Sex Ratio

Female

16,791

50.18%

Male

16,673

49.82%

Kearney Population by Age

Kearney Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Kearney Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married87.1%12.9%
All59.1%40.9%
Female40.4%59.6%
Male40.1%59.9%
Non Family35%65%

59.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Kearney Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All12,9872.4259.1
Married5,8213.0487.1
Non Family5,4601.535
Female1,2903.3140.4
Male4163.1240.1

2.98

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

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Kearney Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5062.55%
9th to 12th Grade7543.81%
High School Graduate4,79124.19%
Some College4,64823.47%
Associates Degree1,6078.11%
Bachelors Degree4,86624.57%
Graduate Degree2,63413.30%
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Kearney Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kearney Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White17,68616,9157,116
Hispanic1,315866143
Other Race60228634
Asian323323153
Black31524252
2+ Races21421441
Native American6047

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.37%.

Kearney Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,713$49,956$32,079
Less Than 9th Grade$20,738$20,758$20,670
High School Graduate$29,259$38,384$26,301
Some College$36,718$48,002$28,338
Bachelors Degree$43,597$54,390$34,912
Graduate Degree$70,316$78,036$62,617

$40,713

Average Earnings

$49,956

Average Male

$32,079

Average Female

Kearney Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kearney Language by Age

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Kearney Language

91.95% of Kearney residents speak only English, while 8.05% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.34% of the population.

Kearney Language

Kearney Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White26,8944,15215.44%
Hispanic2,89372725.13%
Black37715340.58%
Multiple76215219.95%
Asian48112225.36%
Other1,045787.46%
Native834756.63%

16.70%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.26%

Male Poverty Rate

18.18%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kearney

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kearney is Native, with 56.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kearney is Other, with 7.46% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.41%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.78%.

Kearney Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade39.40%
High School13.45%
Some College10.14%
Bachelors or Greater2.06%

Kearney Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed28.36%
Male Unemployed22.84%
Female Employed17.50%
Male Employed12.32%

Kearney Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kearney Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,064$73,815
Families$78,813$95,464
Married Families$93,350-
Non Families$31,486$42,220
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Income by Household Type

Kearney Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.2%

Male Marriage Rate

42.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Kearney Married by Age and Sex

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Kearney Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Kearney Marital Status by Race

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Kearney Marital Status

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1,575

Number of Veterans

1,490

Male Veterans

85

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam631
Second Gulf War346
First Gulf War216
Korea208
World War II42

Kearney Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74470
75+382
35 to 54336
55 to 64202
18 to 34185

Kearney Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,5316.36%
Black4410.40%

Kearney Veterans by Race

Kearney Veterans by Education

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9.88%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.16%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kearney Veterans by Education

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73.2%

Labor Force Participation

71%

Employment Rate

2.8%

Unemployment Rate

Kearney Employment by Age

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Kearney Employment by Race

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Kearney Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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72.30%

Born in Kearney

94.87%

Native Born

5.13%

Foreign Born

2.79%

Non Citizen

2.34%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.87% of Kearney residents were born in the United States, with 72.30% having been born in Nebraska. 2.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Kearney Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202134,4112720.80%
202034,1392720.80%
201933,8672720.81%
201833,59590.03%
201733,5862410.72%
201633,3453941.20%
201532,9513541.09%
201432,5972450.76%
201332,3522900.90%
201232,0625881.87%
201131,4744671.51%
201031,0073,5761.23%
200027,4313,0351.18%
199024,3963,2381.43%
198021,1581,9770.99%
197019,1814,9713.05%
196014,2102,0951.61%
195012,1152,4722.31%
19409,6431,0681.18%
19308,5758731.08%
19207,7021,5002.19%
19106,2025680.97%
19005,634-2,440-3.53%
18908,0740.00%

Kearney Population by Year