Kearney, Nebraska Population 2023

34,414

Kearney is a city located in Buffalo County Nebraska. Kearney has a 2023 population of 34,414. It is also the county seat of Buffalo County.Kearney is currently growing at a rate of 0.67% annually and its population has increased by 2.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 33,734 in 2020.

The average household income in Kearney is $78,328 with a poverty rate of 15.53%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Kearney is 32.1 years, 31.2 years for males, and 33.2 years for females.

Kearney Demographics

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

  • White: 88.68%
  • Other race: 3.98%
  • Two or more races: 3.78%
  • Asian: 2.02%
  • Black or African American: 1.06%
  • Native American: 0.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
14.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,380.50/sq mi
Growth Rate
0.67% (228)
Growth Since 2020
2.02% (680)
The current population of Kearney, Nebraska is 34,414 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 33,734.

Kearney, Nebraska Population 2023

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White29,76088.68%
Other race1,3353.98%
Two or more races1,2673.78%
Asian6782.02%
Black or African American3571.06%
Native American1610.48%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Kearney Population by Race

Kearney Population Pyramid 2023

Kearney Median Age

32.1

Total

31.2

Male

33.2

Female

Kearney Adults

There are 26,416 adults, (4,926 of whom are seniors) in Kearney.

Kearney Age Dependency

56.2

Age Dependency Ratio

22.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Kearney Sex Ratio

Female16,88450.31%
Male16,67449.69%

Kearney Population by Age

Kearney Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All13,3972.3660.339.7
Married5,8212.9686.513.5
Non Family5,7091.4437.662.4
Female1,4133.2654.445.6
Male4543.4328.271.8
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2.94

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

60.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Kearney Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Kearney Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kearney Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 71.95%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 30.45%.

Kearney Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$46,074

Average Earnings

$55,786

Average Male

$36,170

Average Female

Kearney Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kearney Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Kearney Language

91.2% of Kearney residents speak only English, while 8.8% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.67% of the population.

Kearney Language

Kearney Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White26,6063,90614.68%
Hispanic3,01855718.46%
Multiple1,18425121.2%
Other1,22812510.18%
Asian56911420.04%
Native1307759.23%
Black3106220%
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15.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

14%

Male Poverty Rate

17.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kearney

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kearney is Native, with 59.23% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kearney is Other, with 10.18% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.99%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.75%.

Kearney Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.4%
High School11.84%
Some College9.25%
Bachelors or Greater4.64%
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Kearney Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed21.74%
Male Unemployed17.72%
Female Employed14.53%
Male Employed10.65%
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Kearney Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kearney Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Kearney Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.1%

Male Marriage Rate

42.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Kearney Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Kearney Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,625

Number of Veterans

1,407

Male Veterans

218

Female Veterans

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Kearney Veterans by War

count

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Kearney Veterans by Age

count

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Kearney Veterans by Race

Kearney Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.54%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.15%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kearney Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

72.1%

Labor Force Participation

69.9%

Employment Rate

2.5%

Unemployment Rate

Kearney Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Kearney Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Kearney Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

77.56%

Born in Kearney

101.38%

Native Born

5.13%

Foreign Born

2.71%

Non Citizen

2.42%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

101.38% of Kearney residents were born in the United States, with 77.56% having been born in Nebraska. 2.71% 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

Note: data after 2021 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
18908,074-27,7411.08%
19005,634-2,440-3.53%
19106,2025680.97%
19207,7021,5002.19%
19308,5758731.08%
19409,6431,0681.18%
195012,1152,4722.31%
196014,2102,0951.61%
197019,1814,9713.05%
198021,1581,9770.99%
199024,3963,2381.43%
200027,4313,0351.18%
201030,787
201131,0873000.97%
201231,3873000.97%
201331,6873000.96%
201431,9873000.95%
201532,2873000.94%
201632,5873000.93%
201732,8873000.92%
201833,1873000.91%
201933,4873000.9%
202033,7342470.74%
202133,9592250.67%
202234,1862270.67%
202334,4142280.67%
202434,6442300.67%
202534,8752310.67%
202635,1082330.67%
202735,3422340.67%
202835,5782360.67%
202935,8152370.67%
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Kearney Population by Year