Kearney (pronounced “car-knee”), the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World, is a city in central Nebraska. From February to April, the majority of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes stops over in Nebraska’s Platte River Valley to take a break on their way to their breeding grounds. Want to find local movers in Kearney? View the list of local Atlas® Agents here.
Many cities like Kearney were born after the Civil War, as construction of the railroad expanded to the western United States. The name of the city came from Fort Kearny, named after Mexican-American War General Stephen W. Kearny. A post office employee added an extra “e” by mistake, but the new name stuck.
The weather in Kearney closely mirrors the average weather for the United States except when it comes to winter, which is particularly cold, dry, and intense. The average high temperature in July is 87 degrees, while the average low temperature in January is a frigid 14 degrees, about 8 degrees below the national average. However, there are about 30 more sunny days per year in Kearney than average.
Kearney can be accessed by car via US Highway 30, Interstate Highway 80, and Nebraska Highway 44. The Kearney Regional Airport is about five miles east of the city’s center and has one airline with daily flights to Denver International Airport. Buses can be chartered from Burlington Trailways, Coach Master’s, and Greyhound.
Kearney Cost of Living
The cost of living in Kearney is a bit lower than the United States average. Residents of Kearney pay an average of three percent less for groceries, healthcare, housing, transportation, and especially utilities. Considering relocating to Kearney? Want to see how far your current salary would get you in Nebraska? Use the tools below.
The Kearney Public Schools district consists of ten elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and four preschools and early childhood development centers. There are also four religious schools available. The Kearney campus of the University of Nebraska is conveniently located within the city and offers over 170 majors and 20 pre-professional programs.
The Kearney Regional Medical Center is an acute care facility that offers extensive medical, surgical, and clinical services. The Heartland Surgery Center specializes in outpatient surgeries like ear, nose, and throat surgery, hand surgery, and orthopedic surgery.
Kearney Real Estate
The median home cost in Kearney is $179,500, about $6,000 less than the United States average. The property tax rate, however, is about $5 more than the national average, so this must be factored into home buying decisions. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is a mere $680, nearly half the average rent per month of the rest of the country.
The New Victoria Inn & Suites offers all the benefits and amenities of a large hotel chain on a smaller scale. Rooms include large, comfortable beds, a 42-inch flat screen television, and access to a free breakfast bar every morning. The AmericInn Lodge & Suites is a top choice of business travelers, offering an indoor pool and hot tub, extra-quiet rooms, dry cleaning service, and free access to the nearby Anytime Fitness.
The Flippin Sweet consists of a pair of sister restaurants, one serving pizza and the other serving burgers, and a roaming food truck. Their playful menus are laden with pop culture references, but their food is no joke. The portions are large, the ingredients are unexpected, and the flavors are acclaimed by the locals. Hunan Chinese Restaurant is a reliably good lunch spot, with a buffet featuring fresh meats and vegetables and a menu serving up classic Chinese restaurant favorites.
Things To Do in Kearney
The Great Platte River Road Archway spans 310 feet over Interstate Highway 80 and covers over 170 years of history about the westward expansion across the United States through demonstrations and life-size dioramas. The World Theatre is a nonprofit theatre run entirely by volunteers that replicates the classic movie-going experience of yesteryear, right down to the velvet curtains and better-tasting popcorn.