Kearney, Nebraska Population 2020

34,301

Kearney is a city located in Buffalo County, Nebraska. With a 2020 population of 34,301, it is the 5th largest city in Nebraska (after Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and Grand Island) and the 1143rd largest city in the United States. Kearney is currently growing at a rate of 0.79% annually and its population has increased by 11.41% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 30,787 in 2010. Spanning over 15 miles, Kearney has a population density of 2,373 people per square mile.

The average household income in Kearney is $71,832 with a poverty rate of 17.20%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $768 per month, and the median house value is $169,600. The median age in Kearney is 31.5 years, 30.4 years for males, and 32.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.9 males.

Kearney Ne Demographics

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

  • White: 91.51%
  • Other race: 2.71%
  • Two or more races: 2.16%
  • Asian: 1.94%
  • Black or African American: 1.52%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Kearney, Nebraska is 34,301, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 33,761. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 30,787.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White30,44991.51%
Some Other Race9022.71%
Two or More Races7192.16%
Asian6441.94%
Black or African American5061.52%
American Indian and Alaska Native510.15%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander20.01%

Kearney Ne Population Pyramid 2020

Kearney Ne Median Age

31.5


Total

30.4


Male

32.3


Female

Kearney Ne Adults

There are 26,094 adults, (4,361 of whom are seniors) in Kearney Ne.

Kearney Ne Age Dependency

53.1

Age Dependency Ratio

20.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33

Child Dependency Ratio

Kearney Ne Sex Ratio

Female

16,814

50.53%

Male

16,459

49.47%

Kearney Ne Households and Families

Kearney Ne Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Kearney Ne Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married85.2%14.8%
All57.3%42.7%
Female44.1%55.9%
Non Family32.8%67.2%
Male32.5%67.5%

57.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,0642.3857.3
Married5,8123.0285.2
Non Family5,5671.4732.8
Female1,2943.2544.1
Male3913.132.5

2.96

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

7.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Kearney Ne Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4142.11%
9th to 12th Grade7823.99%
High School Graduate4,49622.96%
Some College4,73024.16%
Associates Degree1,7158.76%
Bachelors Degree4,91125.08%
Graduate Degree2,53112.93%

Kearney Ne Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White17,56216,8136,999
Hispanic1,181760116
Other Race48521216
Asian411411242
Black30024653
Multiple Races17817838
Native American4633

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 58.88%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,718$46,504$30,761
Less Than High School$20,636$20,729$20,391
High School Grad$29,652$39,620$25,810
Some College$32,138$44,509$28,070
Bachelors Degree$41,019$54,056$32,348
Graduate Degree$67,172$72,058$58,769

$37,718

Average Earnings

$46,504

Average Male

$30,761

Average Female

Kearney Ne Language

Kearney Ne Language by Age

Kearney Ne Language

92.31% of Kearney Ne residents speak only English, while 7.69% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.97% of the population.

Kearney Ne Poverty

Kearney Ne Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White26,8313,98314.84%
Hispanic2,70793134.39%
Black46626957.73%
Multiple66421432.23%
Other88211513.04%
Asian5017314.57%
Native413687.80%

17.20%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.06%

Male Poverty Rate

19.36%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kearney Ne

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kearney Ne is Native, with 87.80% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kearney Ne is Other, with 13.04% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.02%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.31%
High School12.64%
Some College12.08%
Bachelors or Greater2.41%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed29.73%
Female Unemployed28.85%
Female Employed16.73%
Male Employed12.46%

Kearney Ne Income

Kearney Ne Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$53,790$71,832
Families$76,128$91,931
Married Families$90,833-
Non Families$31,997$42,860

Kearney Ne Marital Status

Kearney Ne Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.9%

Male Marriage Rate

41.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Kearney Ne Married by Age and Sex

Kearney Ne 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 45-54.

Kearney Ne Marital Status by Race

Kearney Ne Veterans

1,688

Number of Veterans

1,615

Male Veterans

73

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam589
Second Gulf War412
First Gulf War224
Korea209
World War II65

$Kearney Ne Veterans by Education

9.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kearney Ne Employment Status

74.3%

Labor Force Participation

71.8%

Employment Rate

3.3%

Unemployment Rate

Kearney Ne Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

72.78%

Born in Nebraska

95.27%

Native Born

4.73%

Foreign Born

2.85%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.27% of Kearney Ne residents were born in the United States, with 72.78% having been born in Nebraska. 2.85% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202034,3012700.79%
201934,0312700.80%
201833,761830.25%
201733,6782700.81%
201633,4084441.35%
201532,9643761.15%
201432,5882470.76%
201332,3412920.91%
201232,0495891.87%
201131,4604661.50%
201030,9943,5631.23%
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%