These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Lincoln, NE For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Lincoln are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Lincoln, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Lincoln neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Lincoln are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Lincoln for 2018:

  1. Country Club (Homes)
  2. Family Acres (Homes)
  3. Colonial Hills (Homes)
  4. 40th And A (Homes)
  5. Porter Ridge (Homes)
  6. Highlands (Homes)
  7. Greater South (Homes)
  8. High Ridge-Cushman (Homes)
  9. Indian Village (Homes)
  10. Sunset Acres (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Lincoln that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Lincoln.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Lincoln for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Lincoln, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 29 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Lincoln.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Country Club.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Lincoln has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Country Club

Population: 5,273
Median Income: $89,273
Median Home Value: $179,212

An area from South Street to Nebraska Highway; generally east of S. 20thHigh Streets, the Sheridan Boulevard area was the first addition to Lincoln that stepped away from the ‘grid pattern’ into the winding side streets that characterize most modern residential areas. This area is listed under the National Registrar of Historic Places as the ‘Boulevards’ district.
More on Country Club: Real Estate | Data

2. Family Acres

Population: 8,139
Median Income: $100,882
Median Home Value: $246,733

56th to 84th. Yankee Hill to Old Cheney. Also includes Old Cheney to Pioneers from 70th to 84th. It excludes a section West of 84 near Highway 2.
More on Family Acres: Real Estate | Data

3. Colonial Hills

Population: 3,488
Median Income: $72,643
Median Home Value: $151,925

An area from Pioneers Boulevard to Old Cheney Road/Nebraska Highway and from S. 56th to S. 70th Streets. Colonial Hills also includes the area at and west of the College View Cemetery from S. 56th to S. 70th Streets.
More on Colonial Hills: Real Estate | Data

4. 40Th And A

Population: 3,911
Median Income: $56,939
Median Home Value: $130,183

An area from Randolph to South Streets/Normal Boulevard and from S. 33rd to S. 48th Streets.
More on 40th And A: Real Estate | Data

5. Porter Ridge

Population: 1,091
Median Income: $85,455
Median Home Value: $212,600

An area bounded by Pine Lake Road on the north, at about Whitlock Road-west on the south and from S. 27th to S. 32nd Streets.
More on Porter Ridge: Real Estate | Data

6. Highlands

Population: 5,921
Median Income: $83,533
Median Home Value: $152,133

The Highlands is a newer residential neighborhood in northwest Lincoln, located north of I-80 and near Lincoln Airport.
More on Highlands: Real Estate | Data

7. Greater South

Population: 3,069
Median Income: $67,345
Median Home Value: $132,360

South St to Highway 2 and 33rd to 40th.
More on Greater South: Real Estate | Data

8. High Ridge-Cushman

Population: 1,787
Median Income: $72,815
Median Home Value: $141,100

South and west of West O and SW 40th.
More on High Ridge-Cushman: Real Estate | Data

9. Indian Village

Population: 3,203
Median Income: $54,833
Median Home Value: $123,800

The Indian Village neighborhood is located from Van Dorn Street on the north to Highway 2 on the south, from 9th Street on the west to 20th Street on the east.
More on Indian Village: Real Estate | Data

10. Sunset Acres

Population: 1,396
Median Income: $39,433
Median Home Value: $159,000

From 27th street to 48th street and Superior Street to Highway 6.
More on Sunset Acres: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Lincoln

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Lincoln where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Lincoln:

  1. Downtown
  2. Everett
  3. Arnold Heights

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Lincoln

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Country Club 5,273 $179,212 1,787 2.6%
2 Family Acres 8,139 $246,733 1,385 1.9%
3 Colonial Hills 3,488 $151,925 2,531 1.9%
4 40Th And A 3,911 $130,183 3,265 1.5%
5 Porter Ridge 1,091 $212,600 1,847 2.1%
6 Highlands 5,921 $152,133 2,992 2.9%
7 Greater South 3,069 $132,360 3,079 2.0%
8 High Ridge-Cushman 1,787 $141,100 3,568 2.1%
9 Indian Village 3,203 $123,800 3,419 1.9%
10 Sunset Acres 1,396 $159,000 3,209 5.5%
11 Meadowlane 4,772 $127,400 3,585 2.6%
12 Eastridge 1,535 $167,000 2,807 3.3%
13 Capitol Beach 1,612 $169,600 3,051 8.2%
14 Landons 1,500 $134,600 3,686 7.9%
15 South 48Th Street 5,365 $134,100 3,601 4.0%
16 University Place 10,379 $98,231 4,368 5.8%
17 East Campus 2,297 $126,025 3,910 5.9%
18 Near South 9,531 $94,393 4,428 7.0%
19 West A 8,964 $107,100 4,245 3.5%
20 Belmont 4,465 $112,440 4,146 7.0%
21 Woods Park 3,338 $88,100 4,538 6.0%
22 Tri-Court 1,385 $69,650 5,091 10.7%
23 South Salt Creek 3,270 $88,350 4,480 6.1%
24 Clinton 5,218 $90,200 4,889 9.7%
25 Hartley 4,206 $78,300 4,818 8.1%
26 Malone 2,826 $73,400 5,053 7.9%
27 Arnold Heights 1,826 $91,500 4,680 9.3%
28 Everett 4,051 $73,417 4,916 9.9%
29 Downtown 5,357 $61,975 5,082 8.0%

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