These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Nebraska


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Nebraska (in which to live):

  1. Garland
  2. Panama
  3. Murdock
  4. Malcolm
  5. Palmyra
  6. Firth
  7. Manley
  8. Brady
  9. Hallam
  10. Roca

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.

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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.

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1. Garland


Population 2014: 256
Median Income: $50,000
Median Home Price: $108,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,449

2. Panama


Population 2014: 290
Median Income: $67,031
Median Home Price: $119,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,268

3. Murdock


Population 2014: 245
Median Income: $60,357
Median Home Price: $115,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,477

4. Malcolm


Population 2014: 398
Median Income: $78,472
Median Home Price: $132,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,032

5. Palmyra


Population 2014: 586
Median Income: $54,500
Median Home Price: $103,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,672

6. Firth


Population 2014: 684
Median Income: $50,417
Median Home Price: $115,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,707

7. Manley


Population 2014: 164
Median Income: $57,813
Median Home Price: $115,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,578

8. Brady


Population 2014: 475
Median Income: $54,464
Median Home Price: $93,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,847

9. Hallam


Population 2014: 167
Median Income: $68,438
Median Home Price: $157,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,999

10. Roca


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:

  1. Steele City
  2. Wilsonville
  3. Brock

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Nebraska

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Garland 1 256 $50,000 $108,000 2,449
Panama 2 290 $67,031 $119,300 2,268
Murdock 3 245 $60,357 $115,600 2,477
Malcolm 4 398 $78,472 $132,300 2,032
Palmyra 5 586 $54,500 $103,500 2,672
Firth 6 684 $50,417 $115,900 2,707
Manley 7 164 $57,813 $115,000 2,578
Brady 8 475 $54,464 $93,900 2,847
Hallam 9 167 $68,438 $157,300 1,999
Roca 10 233 $68,333 $141,200 2,071
Humphrey 11 824 $51,125 $97,100 2,659
Sprague 12 174 $47,500 $120,600 2,478
Washington 13 81 $62,917 $151,800 1,810
Hadar 14 365 $59,286 $102,700 2,537
Bennet 15 757 $63,281 $141,700 2,216
Hampton 16 403 $50,500 $83,800 2,805
Amherst 17 264 $48,625 $86,300 2,840
Davey 18 125 $68,036 $97,500 2,432
Riverdale 19 120 $53,889 $117,300 2,435
Unadilla 20 360 $52,083 $100,900 2,454
Denton 21 237 $55,500 $122,400 2,577
Cedar Creek 22 348 $56,389 $198,600 1,445
Loomis 23 435 $47,981 $96,800 2,725
Murray 24 496 $61,042 $121,700 2,369
Hershey 25 587 $71,000 $103,400 2,224
Cortland 26 530 $62,545 $118,200 2,227
Fort Calhoun 27 669 $54,861 $137,500 2,092
Homer 28 560 $48,750 $98,600 2,753
Giltner 29 393 $58,750 $82,500 2,965
Hubbard 30 174 $58,750 $84,300 2,605
Cairo 31 858 $60,833 $98,600 2,728
Valparaiso 32 511 $50,761 $107,900 2,428
Pickrell 33 176 $46,667 $93,300 2,603
Greenwood 34 547 $48,438 $110,000 2,781
Waterloo 35 852 $52,414 $126,500 2,528
Hooper 36 845 $50,000 $101,100 2,646
Kennard 37 376 $58,208 $123,600 2,428
Plymouth 38 386 $47,692 $82,200 2,785
Utica 39 780 $51,364 $106,500 2,608
Axtell 40 758 $44,306 $92,200 2,781
Howells 41 597 $47,188 $66,900 2,880
Callaway 42 720 $44,750 $88,900 2,840
Spalding 43 548 $41,964 $54,000 2,954
Shickley 44 350 $46,500 $66,800 2,880
Doniphan 45 866 $57,778 $105,400 2,649
Herman 46 328 $48,250 $88,800 2,904
Funk 47 183 $58,750 $75,700 2,980
Nehawka 48 273 $50,000 $83,800 2,900
Elm Creek 49 925 $45,583 $97,600 2,798
Osceola 50 928 $53,259 $77,200 2,852
Blue Hill 51 922 $42,639 $84,500 2,946
Elmwood 52 740 $45,625 $108,000 2,825
Brainard 53 334 $51,111 $84,100 2,648
Thedford 54 214 $48,750 $54,700 2,703
Eustis 55 553 $58,750 $67,500 2,876
Elwood 56 773 $41,618 $78,900 2,957
Clatonia 57 331 $49,167 $77,000 2,815
Ceresco 58 1,043 $26,000 $119,500 865
Bancroft 59 484 $48,542 $65,400 2,951
Genoa 60 1,042 $43,500 $68,800 1,033
Pleasanton 61 314 $58,125 $87,800 2,746
Platte Center 62 422 $49,583 $84,800 2,917
Raymond 63 148 $58,750 $103,800 2,415
Monroe 64 279 $45,000 $72,400 3,023
Mead 65 518 $63,750 $103,800 2,646
Clay Center 66 744 $45,750 $79,100 2,838
Atlanta 67 108 $55,179 $70,000 2,666
Bertrand 68 860 $39,853 $71,100 3,103
Adams 69 480 $42,375 $96,800 2,731
Crofton 70 616 $51,648 $80,800 2,807
Culbertson 71 755 $48,750 $54,800 2,999
Dwight 72 190 $60,313 $83,900 2,686
Roseland 73 235 $55,781 $81,600 2,789
Arnold 74 561 $43,261 $58,000 2,805
Trumbull 75 231 $49,500 $92,800 2,688
Henderson 76 998 $44,167 $79,700 2,832
Duncan 77 347 $62,500 $82,400 2,850
Dannebrog 78 354 $50,750 $65,000 2,926
Hoskins 79 197 $50,417 $88,600 2,760
Elsie 80 85 $58,750 $32,500 2,644
Glenvil 81 305 $51,875 $49,100 3,024
Paxton 82 693 $53,409 $61,900 3,017
Malmo 83 155 $69,250 $75,000 2,907
Cook 84 372 $36,563 $55,800 3,140
Mccool Junction 85 363 $49,773 $88,100 2,836
Rising City 86 375 $58,750 $66,300 2,823
Juniata 87 793 $45,089 $90,900 2,924
Fordyce 88 140 $43,333 $74,200 3,044
Staplehurst 89 272 $47,813 $77,100 2,777
Dorchester 90 433 $44,688 $81,400 2,871
Shelby 91 812 $49,018 $76,800 2,922
Wilcox 92 424 $49,559 $71,000 3,101
Dalton 93 291 $55,000 $77,300 2,785
Weston 94 321 $41,786 $72,300 3,114
Big Springs 95 454 $48,542 $59,600 2,862
Bruning 96 323 $43,250 $58,300 3,065
Silver Creek 97 298 $42,266 $61,500 2,904
Stuart 98 671 $48,438 $72,000 3,149
Spencer 99 442 $38,194 $64,200 3,092
Potter 100 307 $48,438 $80,600 2,881

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