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Kearney, Nebraska

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The location of Kearney

Welcome to Kearney ...

The city of Kearney is located in Buffalo County and is the County Seat for Buffalo County.

The location of Kearney has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

The pronunciation of Kearney: CAR-nee<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Kearney has a population of 33,761 people<3> (see below for details).

Kearney is 2,150 feet [655 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Kearney is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Kearney lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Kearney is located in the (308) area code.

The ZIP codes for Kearney: 68845, 68847-68849<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Kearney had a population of 30,787 people (which is 66.78% of the total population of Buffalo County). This makes Kearney the county's most populous community.

The population of Kearney represents 1.69% of the population of Nebraska (which has 1,826,341 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 30,787 people, the population of Kearney increased 12.23% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 27,431 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Kearney had an population of 33,761 people. This is an increase of 9.66% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.08% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Kearney.

Communities near Kearney ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Minden   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the Southeast (SE) of Kearney

Located in Kearney County

Gibbon   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) of Kearney

Shelton   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) of Kearney

Elm Creek   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) of Kearney

Axtell   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) of Kearney

Located in Kearney County

Pleasanton   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the North (N) of Kearney

Amherst   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Kearney

Funk   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Kearney

Located in Phelps County

Riverdale   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Kearney

Heartwell   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Kearney

Located in Kearney County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Kearney.

Communities Also Named Kearney ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 18 communities that are also named Kearney - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kansas (3), Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania (2) and South Carolina.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Kearney.

Websites for Kearney ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Kearney. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Kearney. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Kearney. Our list includes 48 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Kearney:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Kearney ...

Looking for more information about Kearney? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Kearney, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Kearney.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Buffalo County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Kearney:

The official website for Buffalo County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Kearney. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Kearney.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Kearney - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Kearney). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Kearney or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Kearney includes: 68845, 68847, 68848 & 68849.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Kearney) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Kearney. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Kearney

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kearney. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7008, Longitude: -99.0851     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Kearney have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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