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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 Seward.
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 29 cities in Nebraska with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Nebraska for 2018:
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 2017) 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)
For example, there were a total of 58 crimes committed in Seward which had a reported population of 7,204. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0081 which translates into a 1 in 124 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 2016. This left us with a total of 29 of the biggest cities in Nebraska to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 29 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".
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.
Population: 7,204 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 791 (1st safest) More on Seward:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Seward is a city and county seat of Seward County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,964 at the 2010 census. Seward is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is known for its large Fourth of July celebration.
Population: 7,969 Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 125 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,279 (3rd safest) More on Blair:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census. Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 7,885 Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,891 (20th safest) More on York:Photos | Real Estate | Data
York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,766. It is the home of York College and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.
Population: 8,533 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257 (20th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,183 (2nd safest) More on Alliance:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Its population was 8,491 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Box Butte County.
Population: 5,761 Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 11) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 190 (14th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,169 (11th safest) More on Chadron:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawes County, and the location of Chadron State College.
Population: 10,044 Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 228 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,041 (10th safest) More on Lexington:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Lexington is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 10,230 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawson County. Lexington is located in southern Nebraska, on the Platte River, southeast of North Platte. It sits along the route of U.S. Route 30 and the Union Pacific Railroad. In the 1860s it was the location of a stop along the Pony Express.