I, too, am a lifelong resident of Kearney. But, unlike Carol (the poster who denounced Kearney), I recognize our hometown's high quality of life (as she will once she leaves). Sure, it's expensive, but it's true what they say, "You get what you pay for."
Kearney is a great city with a thriving and progressive economy (e.g., the Buckle, a multi-million dollar apparel company), a rich tradition of culture and fine arts (e.g., Museum of Nebraska Art, Merryman Performing Arts Center, Kearney Community Theatre, Trails and Rails Museum, the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, etc.), nationally and regionally renoun meedical clinics and hospitals (e.g., New West Sports Clinic and Good Samaritan Health Systems), quality schools (several elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, a community college, and a University), a unique variety of entertainment and eatery offerings surprising for a city of its size (e.g., First Tier Events Center, home of the Tri-City Storm and host to many other events and concerts--Disney on Ice, Larry the Cable Guy, Bob Dylan, to name a few), and I could go on and on and on.
The bottom line is that Kearney is a great place to live. Perhaps the best in Nebraska, and the best of "The Good Life."