These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nebraska For 2019

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 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's the list of the safest cities in Nebraska for 2019:

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

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

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Nebraska

Safest Cities in Nebraska Graph

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)
10 Cheapest Places To Live In Nebraska

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.

Madison, NE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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

Milford, NE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 2,115
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,087 (4th safest)
More on Milford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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

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8
/10

Population: 3,775
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 503 (3rd safest)
More on Cozad: Real Estate | Data

Valley, NE
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

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

York, NE
Source: Public domain
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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bellevue, NE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mccook, NE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Norfolk, NE
Source: Public domain
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7
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Crete, NE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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
For more reading, check out:

List Of 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
11 Fairbury, NE 3,680 380 2,907
12 Omaha, NE 449,388 647 3,880

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