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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Nebraska (in which to live):
If you live in one of these small towns like Garland, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Nebraska.
How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Nebraska
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
- High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
- Crime Rates (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 310 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 310, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Nebraska. Top of that list — Garland.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Nebraska.
Population 2014: 256 Median Income: $50,000
Median Home Price: $108,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,449
Population 2014: 290 Median Income: $67,031
Median Home Price: $119,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,268
Population 2014: 245 Median Income: $60,357
Median Home Price: $115,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,477
Population 2014: 398 Median Income: $78,472
Median Home Price: $132,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,032
Population 2014: 586 Median Income: $54,500
Median Home Price: $103,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,672
Population 2014: 684 Median Income: $50,417
Median Home Price: $115,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,707
Population 2014: 164 Median Income: $57,813
Median Home Price: $115,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,578
Population 2014: 475 Median Income: $54,464
Median Home Price: $93,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,847
Population 2014: 167 Median Income: $68,438
Median Home Price: $157,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,999
Population 2014: 233 Median Income: $68,333
Median Home Price: $141,200
Crime Per 100k: 2,071
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 10 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:
- Steele City
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Nebraska