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Kearney enjoys a diversified economy which enables the city and surrounding area to see sustained prosperity.

Of course, agriculture is a cornerstone but many people are surprised by the variety of highly technical and advanced ag enterprises that are springing up.

The presence of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the hospitals operated by Good Samaritan Health Systems reinforce Kearney's stature as a regional center and employ thousands of well educated, higher paid people.

Finally, Kearney's geographic location and its excellent hotel, resturant and meeting services have made it Nebraska's third most popular convention address behind Omaha and Lincoln.

EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT
Manufacturing3,513
Trade, Retail, Wholesale5,616
Services4,761
Government3,591
Construction/Mining814
Trans./Utilities/Comm.549
Financial Insurance
Real Estate608
(1993--labor report by State of NE)

RETAIL SALES
1993$285,643,830
1994$312,541,734
1995$325,214,707
1996$344,691.713

NEW LIVING UNITS 1995
Single Family716
Multi-Family759


26,069,100 bushels of corn are raised in Buffalo County


Kearney continues to enjoy an active building environment

AGRICULTURAL STATS
Farms (1992)1,110
Ag. Values Sold (1987)$122,394,000
Market Value per Farm$104,165
Irrigated Acres (1992)250,000
% of Total Irrigated Farmland43%
Irrigation Wells3,184
CROPS (5 YEAR AVERAGE)
Production of Leading Crops
Alfalfa108,900 tons
Corn for grain26,069,100 bu.
Soybeans1,493,100 bu.
Oats57,600 bu.
Wheat384,800 bu.
LIVESTOCK (5 YEAR AVERAGE)
Production of Livestock
Cattle Farms91,000
Hogs44,600
Pigs74,000


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