Kearney, Nebraska

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Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States.[3] The population was 27,431 at the 2000 census. It is home to the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Kearney is pronounced /ˈkɑrni/ "kar-ney", not "ker-ney".[4]

Kearney is the principal city of the Kearney, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of Buffalo and Kearney counties.



Kearney is located at 40°42′3″N 99°4′52″W / 40.70083°N 99.08111°W / 40.70083; -99.08111 (40.700731, -99.081150)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29 km2), of which 11.0 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 29,952 people, 10,549 households, and 6,160 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,498.5 people per square mile (964.6/km2). There were 11,099 housing units at an average density of 1,010.9/sq mi (390.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.18% White, 0.63% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.08% of the population.

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