Kearney, NE
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Kearney is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 33,021 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Kearney is the fifth largest community in Nebraska.

Kearney real estate is some of the most expensive in Nebraska, although Kearney house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Kearney is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kearney is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kearney who work in office and administrative support (14.59%), sales jobs (12.18%), and management occupations (8.30%).

Kearney is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Kearney enrolled in college, Kearney has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Kearney spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.63 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Kearney is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.88% of adults in Kearney have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kearney in 2010 was $24,918, which is upper middle income relative to Nebraska, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,672 for a family of four. However, Kearney contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Kearney home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kearney residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Kearney include Irish, English, Swedish, and Czech.

The most common language spoken in Kearney is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.