Posted by: mbhcity | September 11, 2008

Welcome to Kearney!

In her historic acceptance speech for the Vice Presidency, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 44, spoke about her experiences of life in a small town, empahsizing small town values as part of her and Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign for the White House.

“We grow good people in our small towns,” Palin said.

One of the small towns Palin is referring to is smack in the middle of America’s heartland. With a population of about 30,000, Kearney is more than a small town in the middle of America’s Heartland.

Kearney is a small but growing city whose population has grown by 5,000 since 1990. Situated near the Platte river and 1,733 miles between Boston and San Francisco, Kearney is home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, one of four universities in the state’s university system. Stanley Crouse is the city’s mayor and the Kearney Hub is the city’s newspaper. KHGI-TV serves Kearney as an ABC television affiliate.

Kearney’s populations is generally homogeneous with 95 percent of the population white, though Hispanics make up a growing four percent of the Population in this middle class community where the median household income is about $35,000 a year.

While Nebraska generally votes conservative as it has in the past several elections, many questions abound for this city in the heartland, such as its impact on the nation’s economic and political climate and its relevance to Palin’s ideas.

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