Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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

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Are you trying to find love in Nebraska?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Nebraska, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Cornhusker State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in Nebraska for 2020:

  1. Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Wayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Omaha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Crete (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ralston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Hastings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Nebraska? Lincoln ranks as the best place for singles in Nebraska if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in nebraska? That would be Blair.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in nebraska or the safest places to live in nebraska.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2020

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 280,849
Median Age: 32.6
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 28.8%
More on Lincoln: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles with a population of 280,364 in 2016. It is the second-most populous city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. The statistical area is home to 348,720 people, making it the 105th-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Wayne, NE

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Population: 5,558
Median Age: 22.7
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 20.5%
More on Wayne: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wayne is a city in Wayne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,660 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wayne County and the home of Wayne State College.

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,225
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Bellevue: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,077
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 33.0%
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.

Omaha, NE

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Population: 465,112
Median Age: 34.5
Married households: 22.0%
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.

Crete, NE

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Population: 7,050
Median Age: 27.1
Married households: 16.0%
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.

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,314
Median Age: 36.7
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 30.3%
More on Ralston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,943 at the 2010 census. Ralston is surrounded on three sides by the city of Omaha, and by Sarpy County on the south side.

Kearney, NE

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Population: 33,273
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 30.0%
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Kearney: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 30,787 at the 2010 census. It is home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The westward push of the railroad as the Civil War ended gave birth to the community.

Hastings, NE

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Population: 24,922
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 31.0%
Households with kids: 28.9%
More on Hastings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hastings is a city and county seat of Adams County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 24,907 at the 2010 census. It is known as the town where Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in 1927, and celebrates that event with the Kool-Aid Days festival every August. Hastings is also known for Fisher Fountain, and during World War II operated the largest Naval Ammunition Depot in the United States.

Review Of Hastings by HomeSnacks User

nothing to do in fact the whole mall is closed theres like 3 stores left in the mall one of them includes Napolis, herbergers closed, the only thing teens really have to do is illegal activites, i lived in hastings for 15 years and now im currently in a group home in norfolk, teens in hastings are in all kinds of legal trouble, and hastings high is a bad place to be to, the teens there actually attack Mr. Szlanda the principle, almost every month.

the entire mall is now a place where old farts go and walk for exercise.

Papillion, NE

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Population: 20,466
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 35.8%
More on Papillion: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in nebraska anyways?

To give you the places in nebraska which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of nebraska, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For nebraska, that meant a total of 30 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Lincoln is the talk of the town while Blair is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in nebraska for 2020

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in nebraska according to the data:

  1. Blair
  2. Holdrege
  3. Gering

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Lincoln, NE 280,849 32.6
2 Wayne, NE 5,558 22.7
3 Bellevue, NE 53,225 34.3
4 La Vista, NE 17,077 35.7
5 Omaha, NE 465,112 34.5
6 Crete, NE 7,050 27.1
7 Ralston, NE 7,314 36.7
8 Kearney, NE 33,273 31.5
9 Hastings, NE 24,922 36.0
10 Papillion, NE 20,466 36.4
11 Plattsmouth, NE 6,448 36.4
12 Grand Island, NE 51,187 35.0
13 Schuyler, NE 6,301 30.5
14 Chadron, NE 5,654 28.3
15 Norfolk, NE 24,446 35.6
16 Lexington, NE 10,067 30.7
17 Seward, NE 7,151 33.8
18 Scottsbluff, NE 14,805 35.7
19 Columbus, NE 22,992 36.8
20 Fremont, NE 26,426 37.2
21 Alliance, NE 8,313 39.2
22 North Platte, NE 24,011 38.1
23 Sidney, NE 6,732 39.1
24 Gretna, NE 5,037 35.4
25 Mccook, NE 7,580 37.4
26 Beatrice, NE 12,307 44.2
27 York, NE 7,859 37.5
28 Gering, NE 8,312 36.3
29 Holdrege, NE 5,476 40.9
30 Blair, NE 7,684 40.0

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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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