These Are The 10 Safest Places In Nebraska For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Nebraska where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Nebraska, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Seward.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Cornhusker State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 29 cities in Nebraska with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Nebraska

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Nebraska.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 58 crimes committed in Seward which had a reported population of 7,204. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0081 which translates into a 1 in 124 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 29 of the biggest cities in Nebraska to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 29 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Nebraska".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Seward. The most dangerous city in Nebraska? Scottsbluff, where residents had a 1 in 20 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Seward

Seward, NE
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,204
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 791 (1st safest)
More on Seward: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in Nebraska for 2018 is Seward -- a classic example of everything that makes Nebraska great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 126.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 7,204 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Gering

Gering, NE
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,297
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,470 (5th safest)
More on Gering: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're thinking of moving to Nebraska and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Gering -- the 2nd safest in the Cornhusker State.

Gering is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 68.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Gering.

3. Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth, NE
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Population: 6,454
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,688 (6th safest)
More on Plattsmouth: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Plattsmouth ranks as the 3rd safest city in Nebraska.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Plattsmouth.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Blair

Blair, NE
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,969
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 125 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,279 (3rd safest)
More on Blair: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might be surprised to find Blair this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Blair is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Cornhusker State boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 8th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. La Vista

La Vista, NE

Population: 16,973
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,449 (4th safest)
More on La Vista: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is La Vista, NE.

You get what you pay for in La Vista -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 808 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives La Vista residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to La Vista in a heartbeat.

6. Bellevue

Bellevue, NE
Source: Public domain

Population: 56,294
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 131 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,765 (7th safest)
More on Bellevue: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Bellevue, the 6th safest city in Nebraska.

The town of some 56294 people will have to try and continue to keep Bellevue a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Bellevue?

7. Columbus

Columbus, NE
Source: Public domain

Population: 22,911
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 109 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,177 (12th safest)
More on Columbus: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Columbus is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Nebraska.

It has 1 in 45.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 916 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Nebraska.

8. Papillion

Papillion, NE

Population: 19,576
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,884 (8th safest)
More on Papillion: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in Nebraska for 2018 goes to Papillion. Let's see why.

There were only 29 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 369 property crimes to boot.

9. York

York, NE
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,885
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,891 (20th safest)
More on York: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Nebraska, may we present York as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Nebraska, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

228 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 20th best in Nebraska on a rate basis.

10. Alliance

Alliance, NE
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,533
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,183 (2nd safest)
More on Alliance: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Alliance.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Alliance residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 22 violent crimes and 101 property crimes in Alliance; that's really good for a place of 8533 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Cornhusker State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Seward is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Nebraska residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Nebraska according to the data:

  1. Scottsbluff
  2. Omaha
  3. North Platte
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List Of Safest Cities In Nebraska For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Seward, NE 1 1 7,204 13 791
Gering, NE 2 2 8,297 36 1,470
Plattsmouth, NE 3 10 6,454 61 1,688
Blair, NE 4 7 7,969 125 1,279
La Vista, NE 5 5 16,973 123 1,449
Bellevue, NE 6 12 56,294 131 1,765
Columbus, NE 7 6 22,911 109 2,177
Papillion, NE 8 3 19,576 148 1,884
York, NE 9 4 7,885 0 2,891
Alliance, NE 10 11 8,533 257 1,183
Chadron, NE 11 22 5,761 190 2,169
Lexington, NE 12 16 10,044 228 2,041
Sidney, NE 13 23 6,983 243 1,918
Holdrege, NE 14 14 5,575 143 2,295
Mccook, NE 15 17 7,557 132 2,765
Norfolk, NE 16 13 24,389 155 2,287
Kearney, NE 17 18 33,471 227 2,219
Fremont, NE 18 15 26,490 215 2,253
Nebraska City, NE 19 8 7,341 122 4,004
Crete, NE 20 - 7,047 666 2,185
Beatrice, NE 21 27 12,340 421 2,730
Grand Island, NE 22 21 51,980 332 3,116
Hastings, NE 23 24 24,872 245 3,815
Lincoln, NE 24 26 281,138 357 3,105
South Sioux City, NE 25 - 13,308 330 3,757
Ralston, NE 26 9 6,003 333 3,614
North Platte, NE 27 25 24,092 340 3,582
Omaha, NE 28 29 446,163 567 3,767
Scottsbluff, NE 29 28 14,747 447 4,346

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