Kearney, NE
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Kearney is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 33,520 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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kearney is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kearney is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kearney who work in office and administrative support (14.46%), sales jobs (12.89%), and management occupations (8.30%).

In addition, Kearney is a college town. There are a lot of students in Kearney attending college, and as a result Kearney provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.34 minutes getting to work every day.

Kearney is a very car-oriented city: 84.08% of people use private automobiles to get to and from work. In fact, the general consensus among people in Kearney is that if you need to get anywhere, you're going to have to drive. The landscape is very car-oriented, and features shopping centers, strip malls, parking lots, and wide streets. Pedestrians are discouraged by the fact that sidewalks are not always present, which makes attempts at walking downright daunting in certain parts of town.

The education level of Kearney citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.79% of adults in Kearney have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kearney in 2010 was $26,274, which is upper middle income relative to Nebraska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,096 for a family of four. However, Kearney contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kearney is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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.