Brainard is located in east-central Nebraska less than an hour's drive from Omaha, Lincoln, and Columbus. It is situated on a ridge with fertile farmland to the west and rolling wooded hills to the east. Brainard is a farming community and the headquarters of Frontier Co-op, an agribusiness that has approximately 200 employees at 23 sites in east-central Nebraska.
Brainard has outstanding recreational opportunities and several strong businesses developed by independent-minded people. With its excellent school system, Brainard is a safe and secure community to raise a family, retire, and enjoy life. Many new homes have been built in Brainard in recent years and a new residential subdivision has been developed on the southern edge of town.