These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Nebraska For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Nebraska have the most for people looking to make the move to Nebraska.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Nebraska a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Nebraska.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Cornhusker State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Nebraska, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 41 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Cornhusker State for 2018:

  1. Washington County (Photos)
  2. Pierce County
  3. Cass County (Photos)
  4. Holt County (Photos)
  5. Saunders County (Photos)
  6. Sarpy County (Photos)
  7. Seward County (Photos)
  8. Hamilton County (Photos)
  9. York County (Photos)
  10. Cedar County

Washington County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Nebraska. And you might want to avoid Scotts Bluff County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Nebraska, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Nebraska and the best places to raise a family in Nebraska.

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How do you determine which Nebraska county is the best?

To give you the best county in Nebraska, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Nebraska across each of the criteria from one to 41, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Nebraska’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Cornhusker State.

Read on to see why Washington County is the best county, while Scotts Bluff County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Nebraska.

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1. Washington County

Arlington, NE

Biggest Place: Blair
Population: 20,338
Median Income: $65,565 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $178,000 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.5% (4th best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

2. Pierce County

Foster, NE

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Pierce
Population: 7,179
Median Income: $53,125 (17th best)
Median Home Price: $96,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (29th best)
More on Pierce County: Data

3. Cass County

Plattsmouth, NE

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Plattsmouth
Population: 25,463
Median Income: $65,385 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $160,900 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (24th best)
More on Cass County: PhotosData

4. Holt County

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Source: Wikipedia

Biggest Place: O’Neill
Population: 10,360
Median Income: $49,607 (25th best)
Median Home Price: $96,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.3% (2nd best)
More on Holt County: PhotosData

5. Saunders County

Ashland, NE

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Wahoo
Population: 20,946
Median Income: $64,475 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $155,700 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (16th best)
More on Saunders County: PhotosData

6. Sarpy County

Bellevue, NE

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Bellevue
Population: 172,460
Median Income: $72,269 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $167,600 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (28th best)
More on Sarpy County: PhotosData

7. Seward County

Milford, NE

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Seward
Population: 17,113
Median Income: $61,563 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $154,200 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (24th best)
More on Seward County: PhotosData

8. Hamilton County

Aurora, NE

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Aurora
Population: 9,118
Median Income: $59,760 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $123,200 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (10th best)
More on Hamilton County: PhotosData

9. York County

York, NE

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: York
Population: 13,842
Median Income: $55,156 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $120,800 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.4% (3rd best)
More on York County: PhotosData

10. Cedar County

Biggest Place: Hartington
Population: 8,657
Median Income: $54,391 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $110,500 (37th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.8% (7th best)
More on Cedar County: Data

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Nebraska To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Nebraska can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Nebraska according to the data:

  1. Scotts Bluff County
  2. Hall County
  3. Keith County

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Nebraska

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Washington County 1 20,338 $65,565 $178,000
Pierce County 2 7,179 $53,125 $96,900
Cass County 3 25,463 $65,385 $160,900
Holt County 4 10,360 $49,607 $96,900
Saunders County 5 20,946 $64,475 $155,700
Sarpy County 6 172,460 $72,269 $167,600
Seward County 7 17,113 $61,563 $154,200
Hamilton County 8 9,118 $59,760 $123,200
York County 9 13,842 $55,156 $120,800
Cedar County 10 8,657 $54,391 $110,500
Chase County 11 4,061 $53,496 $95,900
Kearney County 12 6,548 $55,068 $119,000
Antelope County 13 6,421 $46,381 $78,400
Phelps County 14 9,236 $51,264 $114,300
Burt County 15 6,594 $47,137 $90,500
Valley County 16 4,240 $44,657 $89,900
Cheyenne County 17 10,090 $54,215 $114,300
Platte County 18 32,703 $58,473 $131,200
Box Butte County 19 11,279 $54,444 $99,500
Cherry County 20 5,781 $53,059 $122,300
Buffalo County 21 48,402 $54,098 $155,900
Custer County 22 10,784 $47,083 $93,000
Nuckolls County 23 4,352 $41,576 $56,700
Cuming County 24 9,055 $49,181 $109,200
Red Willow County 25 10,884 $42,457 $88,400
Kimball County 26 3,713 $40,344 $83,000
Jefferson County 27 7,354 $44,616 $76,900
Lancaster County 28 301,707 $53,730 $157,000
Morrill County 29 4,843 $43,942 $84,700
Saline County 30 14,356 $49,332 $99,100
Lincoln County 31 35,777 $52,179 $119,600
Gage County 32 21,778 $48,731 $108,000
Dawes County 33 9,082 $42,685 $104,200
Madison County 34 35,125 $48,673 $121,900
Dawson County 35 23,924 $49,943 $95,600
Dodge County 36 36,679 $49,830 $114,700
Adams County 37 31,536 $51,201 $110,600
Douglas County 38 543,253 $56,003 $149,300
Keith County 39 8,103 $43,100 $104,600
Hall County 40 61,105 $51,355 $128,200
Scotts Bluff County 41 36,599 $46,632 $111,200

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