Best Neighborhoods In Lincoln, Ne For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Lincoln.
Best Neighborhoods In Lincoln

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.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Lincoln for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Family Acres looks to be the best Lincoln neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Lincoln

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,068
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $261,433 (Second best)
Median Income: $102,353 (Third best)
More on Family Acres: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,080
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $189,825 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $91,167 (Sixth best)
More on Country Club: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 133
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $339,200 (First best)
Median Income: $125,612 (First best)
More on Yankee Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 712
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $220,400 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $82,955 (Eighth best)
More on Crown Pointe: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 152
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $249,300 (Third best)
Median Income: $107,756 (Second best)
More on Amber Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 480
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $163,200 (13th best)
Median Income: $83,720 (Seventh best)
More on Bicentennial Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,657
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $153,800 (16th best)
Median Income: $73,363 (Tenth best)
More on Highlands: Homes For Sale | Data

The Highlands is a newer residential neighborhood in northwest Lincoln, located north of I-80 and near Lincoln Airport.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,312
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $165,125 (12th best)
Median Income: $68,592 (14th best)
More on Colonial Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 500
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $180,500 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $70,833 (13th best)
More on Bishop Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 313
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $172,400 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $100,341 (Fourth best)
More on Yankee Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Lincoln, NE Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 43 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, Family Acres.

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

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Lincoln

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Lincoln aren't all good. North Bottoms takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Lincoln.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Lincoln For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Family Acres 9,068 $261,433 $102,353
2 Country Club 5,080 $189,825 $91,167
3 Yankee Ridge 133 $339,200 $125,612
4 Crown Pointe 712 $220,400 $82,955
5 Amber Hills 152 $249,300 $107,756
6 Bicentennial Estates 480 $163,200 $83,720
7 Highlands 5,657 $153,800 $73,363
8 Colonial Hills 3,312 $165,125 $68,592
9 Bishop Park 500 $180,500 $70,833
10 Yankee Hill 313 $172,400 $100,341
11 Porter Ridge 1,158 $218,900 $95,680
12 Southern Hills 501 $212,300 $72,770
13 Taylor Park 527 $165,700 $51,991
14 Greater South 3,297 $135,040 $60,980
15 Meadowlane 4,917 $131,000 $58,562
16 40th And A 4,085 $129,900 $56,031
17 Maple Village-Wedgewood 858 $160,450 $76,160
18 Eastridge 1,720 $162,425 $49,176
19 High Ridge-Cushman 1,742 $143,800 $71,654
20 Indian Village 3,244 $129,125 $53,282
21 Capitol Beach 1,420 $143,100 $58,979
22 Autumn Wood 755 $138,800 $32,146
23 Salt Valley View 122 $141,500 $68,313
24 Sunset Acres 1,380 $178,400 $38,268
25 Landons 1,584 $134,300 $45,889
26 Far South 160 $139,300 $50,000
27 South 48th Street 5,242 $133,581 $50,415
28 West A 9,627 $111,317 $56,911
29 University Place 11,525 $102,362 $40,963
30 Antelope Park 912 $109,700 $44,446
31 Woods Park 3,246 $119,175 $37,672
32 East Campus 2,023 $124,125 $45,412
33 Arnold Heights 1,930 $92,650 $44,034
34 Belmont 4,484 $111,400 $43,969
35 Malone 2,795 $104,333 $24,399
36 Near South 9,943 $99,036 $27,557
37 Downtown 5,004 $85,100 $20,412
38 Clinton 5,125 $89,900 $28,720
39 Hartley 4,447 $75,640 $31,872
40 Tri-Court 1,146 $63,200 $41,250
41 Everett 3,513 $70,650 $25,510
42 South Salt Creek 2,976 $82,825 $33,252
43 North Bottoms 769 $68,100 $29,375

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.

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