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Introduction

Kearney, Nebraska, one of the state’s fastest-growing communities, is an attractive, historic community that calls the Platte River Valley home. Building on the spirit of the people who have contributed to its history, Kearney is a community in harmony with pronounced development and change continually transpiring.

Yet, even with this advancement, Kearney has remained a livable example of “Main Street” America, where people find affordable housing in safe neighborhoods, a vibrant and progressive economy, excellent educational and medical options and ample opportunities for tourism—an enviable quality of life found in this central Nebraska region. Kearney, along with the remainder of Buffalo County, is certainly poised to move into the future with confidence.

Welcome to Kearney—“The Heart of Nebraska!”

Did You Know About Kearney?

• Hosted four NCAA National Championships in the last three years
• Home of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, which enrolls more than 6,500 students each year
• Location of the Viaero Event Center
• Home of the Tri-City Storm United States Hockey League team
• Population in 2010 was 30,895, which is an increase of 12.2 percent since 2000

• Has many historical museums, including:

•• Great Platte River Archway Monument
•• Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)
•• Fort Kearny Historical Park
•• Trails and Rails Museum
•• Kearney Area Children’s Museum
•• Nebraska Firefighters Museum
•• Frank House
• More than 75 restaurants
• More than 20 hotels and motels, totaling more than 15,000 rooms
• Origin and headquarters of The Buckle
• 59 manufacturing plants, totaling 3,080 employees
• Home of Good Samaritan Hospital, which serves more than 350,000 people from Nebraska and Kansas
• Every day more than 18,000 people pass through on Interstate 80
• Second location for Cabelas—The World’s Foremost Outfitter
• Six golf courses

• Thousands attend the following annual events:

•• Mr. & Miss Basketball Tournaments
•• Cruise Night Car Show
•• Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic
•• Gateway Farm Expo


• 14 recreational parks, including:

•• Cottonmill
•• Fort Kearny
•• Yanney Heritage

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