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7 Reasons to Move to Kearney Right Now

Here's what you need to know about living, working and enjoying life in this charming Nebraska city.

By Kevin Litwin on January 5, 2022

The Gottschalk Tower at Yanney Heritage Park
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Thanks to the rise in remote working, you may no longer be tied to a particular city to live in. Or maybe you’re looking for a place to find a new job and a fresh start. Here’s why you should consider moving to Kearney, NE.

1. You can afford to live here.

The median home price in Buffalo County is around $227,000, according to Zillow, which is lower than the price in Omaha and Lincoln and 83% of the U.S. average. Nearly 70% of residents own their own home.

2. You will be in the center of the action.

Kearney (pronounced CAR-nee) has a great logistical location along Interstate 80, providing ready access to major markets like Cheyenne, Denver, Des Moines, Kansas City, Lincoln, Omaha and Wichita.

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3. You can advance your career here.

Kearney offers a wealth of career opportunities. Kearney is the corporate home of Buckle, a leading retailer of medium- to better-priced casual apparel, footwear and accessories for fashion-conscious young men and women, and Cash-Wa, a major food distribution company. Major employers include BluePrint Engines, Chief Industries, Eaton, Morris Printing Group, Parker Hannifin and West Pharmaceutical Services. The region added nearly 2,000 jobs between 2010 and 2019.

4. Stay healthy and fit close to home.

Residents have excellent health care and wellness options, thanks to providers such as CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital and Kearney Regional Medical Center.

A mural in downtown Kearney
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5. Your children will soar in Kearney.

The highly regarded Kearney Public Schools district enrolls approximately 5,800 students at its 15 schools. Plus, spending per pupil is above the national average. Its dual enrollment program provides an opportunity for high school students to obtain college credit for a fraction of the actual tuition and fees. As for higher education, over 6,000 students are enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, which offers 170 majors. Central Community College offers classes in advanced manufacturing, business, mechatronics and nursing education.

6. Spend weekends enjoying the great outdoors.

You can maintain an active lifestyle in Kearney, which offers 18 parks, over 25 miles of trails, two marinas, two public swimming pools and a dog park, along with several splash pads and athletic fields.

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7. Savor a diverse menu of divine dining options.

Tempt your palate with an assortment of good places to eat in Kearney, including quaint cafes, independent restaurants, national franchises, ethnic eateries, bakeries, pubs and microbreweries. Here is just a sampler platter of must-try Kearney restaurants:

  • Cunningham’s Journal: There are two locations – Cunningham’s on the Lake and Cunningham’s on the Bricks. Both offer extensive menus with popular choices like steak, beef skewers and shrimp tacos. They also have large craft beer selections.
  • Joy’s Table Pasta & Steak: Enjoy a newly designed dining room, menu and drinks, all with a focus on using the freshest locally produced ingredients. The bar menu has a wide selection of wine, beer and signature cocktails.
  • Angus Burgers & Shakes: Serving prime beef raised by the restaurant’s owners, Angus Burgers & Shakes has unique items such as a spicy relleno burger with hot peppers. And like their name says, a variety of custom shakes are ready to delight.
  • The Alley Rose: With ambiance that includes a fireplace, The Alley Rose offers a casual dining environment and an excellent wine selection, along with several Nebraska-brewed beers. A large salad buffet is a restaurant signature.
  • The Crafty Dog: Billed as a sports junkie’s haven, The Crafty Dog serves craft beer and cocktails. The menu includes favorites like burgers, wings, nachos, chicken and 12 different mac and cheeses.

Want to learn more about relocating to Kearney, NE? Check out the new edition of Livability Kearney, Nebraska.

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