10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Nebraska For 2018


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.

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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.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Cornhusker State:

  1. Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Crete (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Plattsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Chadron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Gering (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Blair (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 the best places to live in Nebraska and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Nebraska.

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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 5,000 people. For Nebraska, that meant a total of 27 cities.

Read on to see why Seward is where all the families are headed, while Mccook is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Seward

Seward, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,133
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 30.4%
More on Seward: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Seward is a city and county seat of Seward County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,964 at the 2010 census. Seward is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is known for its large Fourth of July celebration.

2. Crete

Crete, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,089
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 38.6%
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.

3. Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,476
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 34.9%
More on Plattsmouth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.

4. Chadron

Chadron, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,792
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Chadron: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawes County, and the location of Chadron State College.

5. York

York, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,899
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Lincoln
Households with kids: 30.4%
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.

6. Gering

Gering, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,401
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 36.6%
More on Gering: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 8,500 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Scotts Bluff County.

7. Papillion

Papillion, NE

Population: 19,520
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 35.0%
More on Papillion: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

8. Blair

Blair, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,007
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 30.0%
More on Blair: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census. Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. La Vista

La Vista, NE

Population: 17,064
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 36.5%
More on La Vista: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

10. Bellevue

Bellevue, NE

Source: Public domain

Population: 52,993
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 35.4%
More on Bellevue: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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. North Platte

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Nebraska

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Seward 7,133 37
2 Crete 7,089 37
3 Plattsmouth 6,476 61
4 Chadron 5,792 56
5 York 7,899 66
6 Gering 8,401 58
7 Papillion 19,520 40
8 Blair 8,007 49
9 La Vista 17,064 35
10 Bellevue 52,993 37
11 Fremont 26,450 43
12 Lexington 10,090 35
13 Holdrege 5,545 37
14 Norfolk 24,398 60
15 Kearney 32,709 43
16 Columbus 22,668 51
17 Scottsbluff 14,937 59
18 Sidney 6,875 59
19 Alliance 8,469 62
20 Beatrice 12,358 49
21 Hastings 24,983 64
22 Grand Island 50,895 54
23 Lincoln 273,018 100
24 Ralston 7,334 31
25 North Platte 24,311 55
26 Omaha 443,072 119
27 Mccook 7,618 53

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