Kearney, NE

Sandhill Crane Capital of the World


Kearney, Nebraska

With a vibrant spirit of growth, public and parochial schools, affordable housing, and no shortage of family friendly entertainment, Kearney is a wonderful place to call home!

Not only home to the University of Nebraska (UNK,) Kearney is also filled with historical and cultural museums and family-friendly activities.  Unique shopping venues are featured in downtown Kearney, “The Bricks” and at the Hilltop Mall.  Tempt your palate with an assortment of restaurants featuring local and international flare, national franchise and good ole Nebraska beef. Not to mention, local wineries and breweries, a must see when you’re looking to kick back and relax.

Entertainment at its finest can be found in Central Nebraska.  The Viaero Center hosts numerous concerts, events and performances all year round and is home to the Tri-City Storm, a USHL Hockey Team.  The Merryman Performing Arts Center and the Kearney Community Theatre offer theatrical and musical entertainment.

The Kearney area offers a wide variety of crane viewing experiences. In March 2010, the City of Kearney proclaimed Kearney as the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World. For 6 weeks, late February to early April, more than 80% of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes converges on Nebraska’s Platte River. The Kearney area offers a wide variety of crane viewing experiences.

The City of Kearney features over 18 miles of trails, a perfect combination for walking, rollerblading, mountain biking or wildlife viewing. Experience over a dozen parks which include disc golf, water parks, and sport complexes and golf courses. You will also find historic trails, such as the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails which converge through Central Nebraska.

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Home Values

The median home value in Kearney is $214,000. Kearney home values have gone up 6.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.1% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Kearney is $162, which is higher than the Kearney Metro average of $148. The median price of homes currently listed in Kearney is $227,900.


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