These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2018


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.

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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. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Lincoln (Photos)
  2. Omaha (Photos)
  3. Kearney (Photos)
  4. La Vista (Photos)
  5. Wayne (Photos)
  6. Ralston (Photos)
  7. Bellevue (Photos)
  8. Chadron (Photos)
  9. Hastings (Photos)
  10. Columbus (Photos)

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 Holdrege.

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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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 2011-2015 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.

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

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1. Lincoln

Lincoln, Ne

Population: 273,018
Median Age: 32.3
Married households: 43.9%
Households with kids: 28.7%
Lincoln (pronounced /lkn/) is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles (242.06 km2) 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.

2. Omaha

Omaha, Ne

Population: 443,072
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 41.4%
Households with kids: 31.1%
Omaha (/omh/ OH-m-hah) 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 (15 km) 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 (80 km) radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

3. Kearney

Kearney, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,709
Median Age: 30.6
Married households: 45.7%
Households with kids: 30.2%
Kearney /krni/ 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.

4. La Vista

La Vista, Ne

Population: 17,064
Median Age: 34.8
Married households: 44.3%
Households with kids: 36.5%
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.

5. Wayne

Wayne, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,560
Median Age: 23.4
Married households: 49.5%
Households with kids: 20.3%
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.

6. Ralston

Ralston, Ne

Population: 7,334
Median Age: 39.6
Married households: 39.1%
Households with kids: 22.3%
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.

7. Bellevue

Bellevue, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 52,993
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 49.1%
Households with kids: 35.4%

8. Chadron

Chadron, Ne

Population: 5,792
Median Age: 27.2
Married households: 43.3%
Households with kids: 33.6%
Chadron (/ædrn/ SHAD-rn) 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.

9. Hastings

Hastings, Ne

Population: 24,983
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 47.0%
Households with kids: 28.4%
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.

10. Columbus

Columbus, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,668
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 48.5%
Households with kids: 29.9%
Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 22,111 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 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. Holdrege
  2. Gretna
  3. Beatrice

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska

City Rank Population Median Age
Lincoln 1 273,018 32.3
Omaha 2 443,072 34.2
Kearney 3 32,709 30.6
La Vista 4 17,064 34.8
Wayne 5 5,560 23.4
Ralston 6 7,334 39.6
Bellevue 7 52,993 33.8
Chadron 8 5,792 27.2
Hastings 9 24,983 35.9
Columbus 10 22,668 36.5
North Platte 11 24,311 37.1
Norfolk 12 24,398 35.3
Grand Island 13 50,895 34.8
Scottsbluff 14 14,937 36.0
Seward 15 7,133 33.1
Crete 16 7,089 33.3
Papillion 17 19,520 37.7
Mccook 18 7,618 38.0
Plattsmouth 19 6,476 39.0
Fremont 20 26,450 37.0
Lexington 21 10,090 29.7
Gering 22 8,401 36.5
Sidney 23 6,875 40.2
York 24 7,899 37.1
Alliance 25 8,469 38.9
Schuyler 26 6,171 29.7
Blair 27 8,007 37.2
Beatrice 28 12,358 44.8
Gretna 29 5,047 35.2
Holdrege 30 5,545 42.5

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