Buffalo County is the fifth-most populated county in Nebraska. The most populated city in the county is Kearney, which is the county seat and is among the most dynamic micropolitan cities in the Midwest, affording amenities usually found only in much larger communities.
Kearney and the surrounding communities of Amherst, Elm Creek, Gibbon, Miller, Pleasanton, Ravenna, Riverdale and Shelton deliver a growing, diversified economy with the best quality of living expected of small towns. Niche ranks Buffalo County in the top five counties in the state for young professionals and overall health....Learn More »
The Village of Elm Creek is a small community approaching 1,000 residents west of Kearney along U.S. Route 30. K-12 students attend Elm Creek Public Schools and thousands of people visit the Buffalo Stampede Days each summer. Primary industry focuses on manufacturing and agriculture....Learn More »
The City of Gibbon sits along U.S. Route 30 between Kearney and Grand Island, with the proximity to each offering large city advantages while maintaining the amenities of small-town life. Gibbon is a Leadership Certified Community through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Windmill State Recreation Area provides fishing, camping and more outdoor activities. At the same time, the Rowe Sanctuary brings awareness and appreciation of Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife to visitors’ attention. Primary industry focuses on manufacturing, retail and agriculture....Learn More »
Kearney is a growing city amidst a plentitude of opportunities. As the largest city in Buffalo County, Kearney appeals to all demographics. Families enjoy outstanding education and activities. Outdoor enthusiasts love the local recreation, whether kayaking the Kearney Water Trail through town or experiencing the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World. Other amenities include a fabulous downtown filled with unique shops and restaurants, while history and cultural buffs appreciate the ability to visit places like the Archway Museum....Learn More »
Pleasanton is a small town nestled along the South Loup River 20 miles north of Kearney along Highway 10. It is a small thriving community with a great work ethic and a great place to raise a family. This small community is home to a preK-12 public school system, volunteer fire and EMT department and many amenities to accommodate the families that call Pleasanton home. The South Loup borders the village’s south side, delivering fishing, canoeing, camping and more to residents and visitors. Primary industry focuses on agriculture....Learn More »
The City of Ravenna holds nearly 1,500 residents and is a Leadership Certified Community through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, near the northern boundary of Buffalo County. The South Loup River flows through the Buffalo County Recreation Area-Ravenna Lake, delivering fishing, canoeing, camping and more to visitors. Primary industry focuses on manufacturing, healthcare, social assistance and retail....Learn More »