These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Nebraska For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Nebraska are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Nebraska, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Cornhusker State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Nebraska based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Nebraska ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Nebraska for 2019:

  1. Hickman (Photos | Homes)
  2. Springfield (Homes)
  3. Bennington (Photos | Homes)
  4. Aurora (Photos | Homes)
  5. Pierce (Homes)
  6. Arlington (Photos | Homes)
  7. Doniphan (Homes)
  8. Battle Creek (Homes)
  9. Henderson (Homes)
  10. Waverly (Photos | Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Hickman, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Cornhusker State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Nebraska

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 89 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 89, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Nebraska. Top of that list — Hickman.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Nebraska.

Hickman, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,079
Median Income: $89,609 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $180,000 (2nd Best)
More on Hickman: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,391
Median Income: $66,250 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $134,000 (10th Best)
More on Springfield: Data | Homes For Sale

Bennington, NE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,611
Median Income: $75,667 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $185,200 (1st Best)
More on Bennington: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Aurora, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,469
Median Income: $59,898 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,500 (13th Best)
More on Aurora: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,942
Median Income: $59,914 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $96,700 (38th Best)
More on Pierce: Data | Homes For Sale

Arlington, NE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,365
Median Income: $69,479 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $157,100 (5th Best)
More on Arlington: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,059
Median Income: $53,500 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,200 (14th Best)
More on Doniphan: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,380
Median Income: $75,476 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,700 (8th Best)
More on Battle Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,011
Median Income: $63,051 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $111,600 (23rd Best)
More on Henderson: Data | Homes For Sale

Waverly, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,743
Median Income: $82,893 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $158,800 (3rd Best)
More on Waverly: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,078
Median Income: $68,482 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $131,600 (12th Best)
More on Louisville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,561
Median Income: $50,368 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $112,700 (22nd Best)
More on Albion: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,292
Median Income: $51,563 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $90,100 (48th Best)
More on Grant: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,601
Median Income: $68,421 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $104,000 (30th Best)
More on Sutherland: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,701
Median Income: $43,698 (68th Best)
Median Home Value: $108,600 (27th Best)
More on Hartington: Data | Homes For Sale

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Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,635
Median Income: $47,012 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $108,300 (28th Best)
More on O’neill: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,206
Median Income: $46,029 (59th Best)
Median Home Value: $73,400 (70th Best)
More on Cambridge: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,186
Median Income: $59,875 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $125,000 (17th Best)
More on Friend: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,014
Median Income: $63,674 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $122,300 (20th Best)
More on Yutan: Data | Homes For Sale

Valentine, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,778
Median Income: $50,729 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $116,200 (21st Best)
More on Valentine: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Nebraska are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Nebraska:

  1. Pawnee City
  2. Wymore
  3. Red Cloud

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Nebraska

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Hickman 2,079 $89,609.0 $180,000.0
2 Springfield 1,391 $66,250.0 $134,000.0
3 Bennington 1,611 $75,667.0 $185,200.0
4 Aurora 4,469 $59,898.0 $130,500.0
5 Pierce 1,942 $59,914.0 $96,700.0
6 Arlington 1,365 $69,479.0 $157,100.0
7 Doniphan 1,059 $53,500.0 $130,200.0
8 Battle Creek 1,380 $75,476.0 $136,700.0
9 Henderson 1,011 $63,051.0 $111,600.0
10 Waverly 3,743 $82,893.0 $158,800.0
11 Louisville 1,078 $68,482.0 $131,600.0
12 Albion 1,561 $50,368.0 $112,700.0
13 Grant 1,292 $51,563.0 $90,100.0
14 Sutherland 1,601 $68,421.0 $104,000.0
15 Hartington 1,701 $43,698.0 $108,600.0
16 O’neill 3,635 $47,012.0 $108,300.0
17 Cambridge 1,206 $46,029.0 $73,400.0
18 Friend 1,186 $59,875.0 $125,000.0
19 Yutan 1,014 $63,674.0 $122,300.0
20 Valentine 2,778 $50,729.0 $116,200.0
21 Wakefield 1,490 $64,348.0 $81,400.0
22 Ashland 2,430 $57,000.0 $139,200.0
23 Syracuse 2,081 $51,509.0 $109,900.0
24 Sutton 1,659 $60,673.0 $95,700.0
25 Pender 1,189 $60,909.0 $91,800.0
26 Wahoo 4,491 $53,977.0 $135,500.0
27 Atkinson 1,463 $50,189.0 $87,700.0
28 Milford 2,358 $45,694.0 $149,300.0
29 Imperial 1,836 $55,947.0 $123,300.0
30 Waterloo 1,010 $60,368.0 $132,300.0
31 Stromsburg 1,139 $56,000.0 $83,300.0
32 Gothenburg 3,510 $55,461.0 $99,200.0
33 Auburn 3,336 $55,027.0 $97,500.0
34 Gibbon 2,171 $55,179.0 $122,700.0
35 North Bend 1,300 $65,078.0 $96,700.0
36 Dakota City 2,053 $59,896.0 $110,300.0
37 Fullerton 1,563 $43,472.0 $81,100.0
38 Woodland Park 1,738 $62,059.0 $97,600.0
39 David City 2,834 $50,083.0 $106,500.0
40 Alma 1,341 $46,875.0 $84,100.0
41 Valley 2,007 $57,813.0 $157,400.0
42 Bloomfield 1,011 $37,011.0 $65,600.0
43 Creighton 1,225 $46,397.0 $72,100.0
44 Tilden 1,083 $48,382.0 $66,100.0
45 Hebron 1,546 $46,452.0 $68,700.0
46 St. Paul 2,376 $50,509.0 $109,000.0
47 Franklin 1,045 $47,500.0 $58,300.0
48 Ainsworth 1,731 $40,781.0 $72,100.0
49 Laurel 1,093 $46,771.0 $86,000.0
50 Wilber 1,844 $54,038.0 $99,100.0
51 Geneva 2,115 $51,625.0 $73,100.0
52 Elm Creek 1,036 $53,750.0 $88,900.0
53 Neligh 1,530 $41,948.0 $78,500.0
54 Bayard 1,061 $41,944.0 $69,200.0
55 Broken Bow 3,516 $43,511.0 $90,100.0
56 Minden 2,886 $42,250.0 $125,600.0
57 Wisner 1,180 $44,527.0 $90,500.0
58 Burwell 1,282 $41,786.0 $68,900.0
59 West Point 3,324 $42,423.0 $103,300.0
60 Bridgeport 1,747 $45,357.0 $83,900.0
61 Ravenna 1,516 $46,667.0 $95,900.0
62 Crawford 1,070 $36,316.0 $62,200.0
63 Gordon 1,686 $34,321.0 $64,500.0
64 Weeping Water 1,072 $57,813.0 $127,000.0
65 Kenesaw 1,074 $56,250.0 $98,200.0
66 Superior 1,912 $36,418.0 $54,100.0
67 Shelton 1,178 $51,635.0 $91,600.0
68 Fairbury 3,765 $39,194.0 $59,900.0
69 Oakland 1,508 $56,667.0 $82,800.0
70 Stanton 1,744 $51,838.0 $92,900.0
71 Genoa 1,038 $44,861.0 $78,100.0
72 Falls City 4,185 $44,482.0 $69,800.0
73 Tecumseh 1,588 $43,867.0 $75,700.0
74 Wood River 1,515 $51,932.0 $88,700.0
75 Plainview 1,343 $44,219.0 $67,600.0
76 Ogallala 4,573 $36,097.0 $97,700.0
77 Arapahoe 1,083 $46,719.0 $77,700.0
78 Mitchell 1,702 $44,426.0 $94,800.0
79 Central City 2,903 $48,929.0 $76,600.0
80 Ord 2,367 $42,228.0 $82,800.0
81 Cozad 3,872 $41,573.0 $89,100.0
82 Madison 2,388 $46,432.0 $85,100.0
83 Tekamah 1,767 $50,163.0 $90,300.0
84 Kimball 2,717 $42,093.0 $81,400.0
85 Harvard 1,073 $47,083.0 $71,900.0
86 Terrytown 1,253 $39,762.0 $75,700.0
87 Red Cloud 1,138 $35,742.0 $48,800.0
88 Wymore 1,491 $40,917.0 $48,100.0
89 Pawnee City 1,088 $34,896.0 $54,900.0

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