Best Places To Raise A Family In Nebraska For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Nebraska.

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Ask any Nebraskan, and they will tell you, hands down, that this corner of the country is the best: they have the best people, they have the best corn, and they have the best places for families to live.

Not surprising, considering Nebraska is the fifth best state in the country to raise a family. The trick, however, was narrowing down the best places for families to live in this wide open country, And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has done it again. We've created the ultimate guide to the best places for families in Nebraska for 2020 and you can find it below.

How did we do it? We consulted the US Census on places in the Cornhusker State with more than 7,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 6 family friendly Nebraska places that any family would be lucky to call home. We also discovered that Nebraska is the 15th largest in area, and the 12th smallest in population. We think that's all the more reason to raise your family in this Great Plains state: there's plenty of room for your kids to run and there's plenty of opportunity to make a difference.

And when you need a little Nebraska down time and a bunch of family fun time in the Cornhusker State, you'll have plenty of family friendly activities at your fingertips. Like, taking your family to spend the day perusing Lincoln's Johnson Museum of the Odd or spending quality family time with a relaxing drive down the Old Lincoln Highway just outside of Omaha.

Want to know more? We suggest you take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of Nebraska's top ten most family friendly places: we've taken the guessing out of the equation.

These are the best cities to raise a family in Nebraska for 2020:

  1. Crete (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Norfolk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Omaha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. McCook (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So what was the best place for your family in the great state of Nebraska? HomeSnacks suggests that you look no further than Nebraska's number one best place to raise a family, Crete.

We're pretty sure Crete's wide open spaces, safe neighborhoods, great schools, and endless, healthy activities are sure to please any family.

Want to see how your favorite Nebraska place compared, take a look below. And if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Nebraska and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Nebraska For 2020

Crete, NE

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6
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Population: 7,050
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 46.8%
More on Crete: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.

York, NE

Source: Public domain
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6
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Population: 7,859
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on York: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,766. It is the home of York College and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.

Bellevue, NE

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7.5
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Population: 53,225
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Bellevue: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Norfolk, NE

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7
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Population: 24,446
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 30.4%
More on Norfolk: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Norfolk is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States, 113 miles northwest of Omaha and 83 miles west of Sioux City at the intersection of U.S. Routes 81 and 275. The population was 24,210 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in Nebraska. It is the principal city of the Norfolk Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Omaha, NE

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7
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Population: 465,112
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 100
Households with kids: 31.3%
More on Omaha: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha's population was 408,958, making it the nation's 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile radius of Downtown Omaha, the city's center.

Review Of Omaha by HomeSnacks User

I live in Omaha and even though we do have crime here, it makes these small towns look like the safest places on earth which they are, relatively speaking.

Mccook, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 7,580
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 25.9%
More on Mccook: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

McCook is a city and county seat of Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,698 at the 2010 census.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Nebraska anyways?

To give you the places in Nebraska which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Cornhusker State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Nebraska, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 7,000 people. For Nebraska, that meant a total of 6 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Nebraska

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Nebraska ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Nebraska according to the data:

  1. McCook
  2. Omaha
  3. Norfolk

For more nebraska reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Nebraska?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Crete, NE 7,050 54
2 York, NE 7,859 37
3 Bellevue, NE 53,225 49
4 Norfolk, NE 24,446 48
5 Omaha, NE 465,112 100
6 Mccook, NE 7,580 32

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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