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:
- Lincoln (Photos)
- Omaha (Photos)
- Kearney (Photos)
- La Vista (Photos)
- Wayne (Photos)
- Ralston (Photos)
- Bellevue (Photos)
- Chadron (Photos)
- Hastings (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 49.1%
Households with kids: 35.4%
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.
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.
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:
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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska