These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2019

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 . This is our second 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 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

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

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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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 2013-2017 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 Blair is probably a bit on the boring side.

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 277,315
Median Age: 32.4
Married households: 43.8%
Households with kids: 27.2%
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.

Omaha, NE

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Population: 463,081
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 42.8%
Households with kids: 28.8%
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.

Kearney, NE

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Population: 33,082
Median Age: 31.2
Married households: 44.4%
Households with kids: 28.0%
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.

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,348
Median Age: 37.3
Married households: 39.5%
Households with kids: 23.1%
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.

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,062
Median Age: 34.8
Married households: 46.5%
Households with kids: 33.9%
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.

Wayne, NE

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Population: 5,557
Median Age: 23.3
Married households: 46.9%
Households with kids: 22.5%
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.

Chadron, NE

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Population: 5,704
Median Age: 27.9
Married households: 44.9%
Households with kids: 27.6%
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.

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,040
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 49.8%
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Bellevue: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hastings, NE

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Population: 24,948
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 46.6%
Households with kids: 25.4%
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.

Scottsbluff, NE

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Population: 14,887
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 37.7%
Households with kids: 28.0%
More on Scottsbluff: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 15,039 at the 2010 census. Scottsbluff is the largest city in the Nebraska Panhandle, and the 13th largest city in Nebraska.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Nebraska for 2019

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. Gretna
  3. Holdrege

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Lincoln, NE 277,315 32.4
2 Omaha, NE 463,081 34.3
3 Kearney, NE 33,082 31.2
4 Ralston, NE 7,348 37.3
5 La Vista, NE 17,062 34.8
6 Wayne, NE 5,557 23.3
7 Chadron, NE 5,704 27.9
8 Bellevue, NE 53,040 34.3
9 Hastings, NE 24,948 36.4
10 Scottsbluff, NE 14,887 35.7
11 Plattsmouth, NE 6,435 36.5
12 Mccook, NE 7,622 36.6
13 Grand Island, NE 51,042 34.7
14 Columbus, NE 22,834 36.6
15 Norfolk, NE 24,352 35.6
16 Papillion, NE 19,478 37.1
17 Crete, NE 7,079 32.5
18 North Platte, NE 24,135 38.1
19 Fremont, NE 26,356 37.0
20 York, NE 7,890 37.1
21 Gering, NE 8,377 37.7
22 Seward, NE 7,124 33.9
23 Beatrice, NE 12,309 44.9
24 Lexington, NE 10,097 30.3
25 Schuyler, NE 6,229 29.8
26 Sidney, NE 6,830 39.1
27 Alliance, NE 8,392 39.3
28 Holdrege, NE 5,497 41.2
29 Gretna, NE 5,045 35.0
30 Blair, NE 8,011 38.9

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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