These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nebraska

We used data and science to determine the places in Nebraska where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Nebraska, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Nebraska is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Cornhusker State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 25 places in Nebraska with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Seward
  2. Gering
  3. Blair
  4. Columbus
  5. Holdrege
  6. York
  7. Chadron
  8. Kearney
  9. Norfolk
  10. Fremont

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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How we calculated the safest cities in Nebraska

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (2014). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 29 crimes committed in Seward which had a reported population of 7,155. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00405 which translates into a 1 in 247 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 25 places in Nebraska to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 25 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Nebraska".

The safest city, based on population, is Seward. The most dangerous? Omaha, where residents had a 1 in 4983 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Seward

Seward - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,155
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 17

2. Gering

Gering - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,469
Property Crime Rank: 21
Violent Crime Rank: 4

3. Blair

Blair - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,986
Property Crime Rank: 14
Violent Crime Rank: 24

4. Columbus

Columbus - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,614
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 18

5. Holdrege

Holdrege - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,536
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 9

6. York

York - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,012
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 3

7. Chadron

Chadron - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,773
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 29

8. Kearney

Kearney - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,513
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 32

9. Norfolk

Norfolk - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,588
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 27

10. Fremont

Fremont - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,322
Property Crime Rank: 27
Violent Crime Rank: 30

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Seward is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Nebraska residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Nebraska:
3rd Most Dangerous: Beatrice
2nd Most Dangerous: North Platte
Most Dangerous: Omaha

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Nebraska

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Seward17,1551217
Gering28,469214
Blair37,9861424
Columbus422,6141718
Holdrege55,536269
York68,012333
Chadron75,7731929
Kearney832,5132432
Norfolk924,5882827
Fremont1026,3222730
McCook117,6973516
Alliance128,5022338
Lexington1310,1953423
Nebraska City147,2434215
Ralston157,5863234
Crete167,1713626
South Sioux City1713,4363925
Sidney186,8533141
Lincoln19271,2083740
Scottsbluff2015,0094037
Hastings2125,0704136
Grand Island2250,9994533
Beatrice2312,0923845
North Platte2424,4904339
Omaha25438,4654444

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