10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Nebraska For 2019


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 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Nebraska.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Nebraska? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Nebraska, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, 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 2019

Madison, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,388
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 34.1%
More on Madison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bennington, NE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,611
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 29.0%
More on Bennington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crete, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,079
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 38.3%
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.

Valley, NE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,007
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Valley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Neligh, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,530
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 24.3%
More on Neligh: Homes For Sale | Data

Bellevue, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 53,040
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Bellevue: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

York, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,890
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 25.7%
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.

Milford, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,358
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 25.6%
More on Milford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Plainview, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,343
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 22.9%
More on Plainview: Homes For Sale | Data

Norfolk, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,352
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 29.9%
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.

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 1,000 people. For Nebraska, that meant a total of 16 cities.

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. Fairbury
  3. Omaha

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Nebraska?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Madison, NE 2,388 58
2 Bennington, NE 1,611 32
3 Crete, NE 7,079 56
4 Valley, NE 2,007 35
5 Neligh, NE 1,530 53
6 Bellevue, NE 53,040 39
7 York, NE 7,890 39
8 Milford, NE 2,358 46
9 Plainview, NE 1,343 38
10 Norfolk, NE 24,352 56

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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