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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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Nebraska.
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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Madison.

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

In all, we analyzed 12 cities in Nebraska with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Nebraska for 2019:

  1. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. O'Neill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Cozad (Homes For Sale)
  5. Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. McCook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Norfolk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Crete (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So what's the safest place to live in Nebraska for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Madison ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.

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

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Nebraska, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Nebraska For 2019

Madison, NE
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Population: 2,358
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 169 (1st safest)
More on Madison: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Welcome to Madison, our number one safest city in Nebraska for 2019. It's so safe in this little city in eastern Nebraska, that the bobcats are always showing their faces at the same time every evening reminding the residents to get home before dark. Thanks little kitties!

Madison's gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents, their large number of educated residents, and just their overall safety standards, speaks volumes

We're pretty sure we can all agree that Madison is crazy safe cuz there's nothin' to do in the 402.

Milford, NE
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5
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Population: 2,115
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,087 (4th safest)
More on Milford: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

You won't find Milford, Nebraska in the middle of a Biggie Smalls song, it's actually quite the opposite: it's safe.

With a little over 2,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little city in Seward County is the reason that it is our number two safest city in Nebraska for 2019.

This little city in the southeastern corner of Nebraska scored an 8.5/10 on our safety scale with an emphasis in jobs and education. It's the kind of place that you can sleep safe and sound and leave the doors unlocked while out and about. #winning

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8.5
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Population: 3,618
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 138 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 469 (2nd safest)
More on O'neill: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Where Nebraska State Road 20 meets Nebraska State Road 281 is our third safest city in Nebraska for 2019: O'Neill.

And kudos to this fly-over city, their snackability rating is off the charts with their low crime and high safety score! Their number of strong job market scored an 8.5/10 and their education rating a 7/10! Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

It doesn't end there, folks. O'Neill is so safe, that the only crime here is a bad haircut or dipping your Omaha Steak in ketchup. Yuk!

Cozad, NE
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8
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Population: 3,775
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 503 (3rd safest)
More on Cozad: Search Homes For Sale | Data

Cozad is all ears...corn ears, that is....Nebraska gold. It's that same gold that has launched this Dawson County city into safety stardom: our fourth safest city in Nebraska for 2019 to be exact.

Nestled along the Platte River, Cozad's small city charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe place to call home. They claim to be more then prepared to show you that good 'ol hometown pride that makes the middle-of-nowhere America famous and safe. Yes, folks, it's that friendly and that safe.

Valley, NE
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Population: 2,225
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,022 (8th safest)
More on Valley: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

If you're not rooting for Nebraska Cornhuskers, you're a nobody. And if you're a nobody, then you can't take advantage of everything our fifth safest city in Nebraska for 2019 has available.

Valley scored off our charts. Eights across the board for education, available jobs; and of course, safety.

This little city in Douglas County has one of the lowest crime rates on our list. According to the local paper, most crimes in Valley consist of people tipping cows and cornin' cars. Really, how can one find the time to commit crimes when your busy making corn on the cob, corn flakes, corn chips, corn puddin'....

York, NE
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Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 7,876
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,971 (11th safest)
More on York: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

In York they love their wide open spaces, their parks, their safe neighborhoods, their corn and beef cuisine, and their trucks with gun racks. We all know nothin' says safe like showin' up to the annual 'Yorkfest' with your gal by your side and a newly mounted rack, right?

And kudos to York, their snackability rating is off the charts! Their number of amenities scored 8/10 and their education rating an 8.5/10! York has a strong sense of community with a big city focus. Check it out! We're pretty sure you will want to call our sixth safest city in Nebraska home.

Bellevue, NE
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7.5
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Population: 53,819
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 144 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,839 (6th safest)
More on Bellevue: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Bellevue is not like the inside of a men's correctional facility, it is actually safe. So safe, that it's our seventh safest city in Nebraska for 2019. And if you don't know how to keep it safe in Bellevue, they will put you in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. #nojoke #Gettin'ItDoneInthe531

Bellevue is a small city between Lincoln and Omaha in Sarpy County. It's another perfect city when you are looking for the "corny" Nebraska vibe. It's also the perfect place to escape real life when you need a break. But don't worry, they won't let you wander too far off cuz you might get lost in a cornfield, and that wouldn't be safe.

Mccook, NE
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Overall SnackAbility
7
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Population: 7,498
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 106 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,387 (9th safest)
More on Mccook: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Norfolk, NE
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Population: 24,364
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 147 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,912 (7th safest)
More on Norfolk: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Norfolk's residents say that this city is as sweet and safe as a bowl of Nebraska corn puddin'. They should be considered the 'Pride of The Cornhusker State'. So it's no surprise that they keep moving up our list, to be our ninth safest city in Nebraska for 2019. And, it's definitely not shocking that they scored an 8/10 safety rating.

When Norfolk residents aren't busy cheering for the Big Red, clearing their cornfields, or hanging at their favorite runza shack, they can be found putting up those "Drive like your Kids Live Here" signs.

You' have some serious safety game, Norfolk!

Crete, NE
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Overall SnackAbility
6
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Population: 7,071
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 650 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,781 (5th safest)
More on Crete: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Rounding out our safest cities in Nebraska for 2019 is number ten, Crete.

They crushed our snackability scale with a gold star job ranking and an education score that makes most of the cities in Nebraska look like chump change. Smart people know that working hard creates a safe, productive environment necessary for a small city to survive.

If this doesn't make you an "Crete Believer," check out our story "The 10 Best Places to Raise a Family in Nebraska". This Saline County city truly is the entire package.

How we calculated the safest cities in Nebraska for 2019

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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 (Sept 2018) in Nebraska.

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 two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 5 crimes committed in Madison which had a reported population of 2,358. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0021 which translates into a 1 in 471 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 12 of the biggest cities in Nebraska to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 12 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two 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 our criteria, is Madison. The most dangerous city in Nebraska? Omaha, where residents had a 1 in 22 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.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Cornhusker State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Madison is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Nebraska residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Nebraska according to the data:

  1. Omaha
  2. Fairbury
  3. Crete
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nebraska For 2019?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Madison, NE 2,358 42 169
2 Milford, NE 2,115 47 1,087
3 O'neill, NE 3,618 138 469
4 Cozad, NE 3,775 185 503
5 Valley, NE 2,225 89 2,022
6 York, NE 7,876 0 2,971
7 Bellevue, NE 53,819 144 1,839
8 Mccook, NE 7,498 106 2,387
9 Norfolk, NE 24,364 147 1,912
10 Crete, NE 7,071 650 1,781

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