These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nebraska For 2017

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 27 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. La Vista
  4. Blair
  5. Columbus
  6. York
  7. Papillion
  8. Plattsmouth
  9. Bellevue
  10. Nebraska City

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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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 (Sept 2015). 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
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Nebraska

For example, there were a total of 627 crimes committed in Seward which had a reported population of 7,109. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0882 which translates into a 1 in 11 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 27 places in Nebraska to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 27 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 74 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: 7,109
Property Crime Rank: 234
Violent Crime Rank: 393

2. Gering

Gering - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,429
Property Crime Rank: 774
Violent Crime Rank: 424

3. La Vista

La Vista - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,895
Property Crime Rank: 666
Violent Crime Rank: 1,165

4. Blair

Blair - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,995
Property Crime Rank: 886
Violent Crime Rank: 1,053

5. Columbus

Columbus - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,584
Property Crime Rank: 1,021
Violent Crime Rank: 997

6. York

York - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,908
Property Crime Rank: 1,617
Violent Crime Rank: 1

7. Papillion

Papillion - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,463
Property Crime Rank: 1,418
Violent Crime Rank: 732

8. Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,475
Property Crime Rank: 1,886
Violent Crime Rank: 1

9. Bellevue

Bellevue - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,067
Property Crime Rank: 1,269
Violent Crime Rank: 1,172

10. Nebraska City

Nebraska City - Safest Places In Nebraska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,301
Property Crime Rank: 1,558
Violent Crime Rank: 906

There You Have It - The Safest In Nebraska

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: Scottsbluff
Most Dangerous: Omaha

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Nebraska

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Seward17,109234393
Gering28,429774424
La Vista316,8956661,165
Blair47,9958861,053
Columbus522,5841,021997
York67,9081,6171
Papillion719,4631,418732
Plattsmouth86,4751,8861
Bellevue954,0671,2691,172
Nebraska City107,3011,558906
Alliance118,5001,4611,096
Norfolk1224,3931,8941,035
Holdrege135,5281,8001,397
Ralston145,9972,152817
McCook157,6492,0661,108
Lexington1610,1521,8451,532
Fremont1726,4831,4312,234
Chadron185,8281,9302,184
Kearney1932,2171,8232,448
Grand Island2050,5822,3601,983
Hastings2124,9732,5522,039
Sidney226,8301,8413,282
Lincoln23269,7262,6552,649
North Platte2424,4203,0302,028
Beatrice2512,3552,4793,117
Scottsbluff2614,9553,0032,273
Omaha27440,0342,8653,104

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