Top 15 Safest Cities In Nebraska For 2018

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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:

  1. Seward (Photos | Homes)
  2. Gering (Photos | Homes)
  3. Plattsmouth (Photos | Homes)
  4. Blair (Photos | Homes)
  5. La Vista (Photos | Homes)
  6. Bellevue (Photos | Homes)
  7. Columbus (Photos | Homes)
  8. Papillion (Photos | Homes)
  9. York (Photos | Homes)
  10. Alliance (Photos | Homes)
  11. Chadron (Photos | Homes)
  12. Lexington (Photos | Homes)
  13. Sidney (Photos | Homes)
  14. Holdrege (Photos | Homes)
  15. McCook (Photos | Homes)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Nebraska

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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 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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Seward. The most dangerous city in Nebraska? Scottsbluff, where residents had a 1 in 20 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.

Seward, NE
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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: PhotosReal 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. Gering, NE
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Population: 8,297
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,470 (5th safest)
More on Gering: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 8,500 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Scotts Bluff County. Plattsmouth, NE
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Population: 6,454
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,688 (6th safest)
More on Plattsmouth: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census. Blair, NE
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8.5
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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: PhotosReal 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. La Vista, NE
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Population: 16,973
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,449 (4th safest)
More on La Vista: PhotosReal Estate | Data

La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.
Bellevue, NE
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Population: 56,294
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 131 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,765 (7th safest)
More on Bellevue: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Columbus, NE
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Population: 22,911
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 109 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,177 (12th safest)
More on Columbus: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 22,111 at the 2010 census. Papillion, NE
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9.5
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Population: 19,576
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,884 (8th safest)
More on Papillion: PhotosReal Estate | Data

York, NE
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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: PhotosReal 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. Alliance, NE
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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: PhotosReal 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.
Chadron, NE
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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: PhotosReal 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. Lexington, NE
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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: PhotosReal 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. Sidney, NE
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Population: 6,983
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 243 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,918 (9th safest)
More on Sidney: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census. Holdrege, NE
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Population: 5,575
Rank Last Year: 14 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 143 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,295 (17th safest)
More on Holdrege: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Holdrege is a city in Phelps County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,495 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Phelps County. The Nebraska Prairie Museum is located in Holdrege. Mccook, NE
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Population: 7,557
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 132 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,765 (19th safest)
More on Mccook: PhotosReal Estate | Data

McCook is a city and county seat of Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,698 at the 2010 census.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Seward 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. Scottsbluff
  2. Omaha
  3. North Platte
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Nebraska For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Seward, NE 7,204 13 791
2 Gering, NE 8,297 36 1,470
3 Plattsmouth, NE 6,454 61 1,688
4 Blair, NE 7,969 125 1,279
5 La Vista, NE 16,973 123 1,449
6 Bellevue, NE 56,294 131 1,765
7 Columbus, NE 22,911 109 2,177
8 Papillion, NE 19,576 148 1,884
9 York, NE 7,885 0 2,891
10 Alliance, NE 8,533 257 1,183
11 Chadron, NE 5,761 190 2,169
12 Lexington, NE 10,044 228 2,041
13 Sidney, NE 6,983 243 1,918
14 Holdrege, NE 5,575 143 2,295
15 Mccook, NE 7,557 132 2,765
16 Norfolk, NE 24,389 155 2,287
17 Kearney, NE 33,471 227 2,219
18 Fremont, NE 26,490 215 2,253
19 Nebraska City, NE 7,341 122 4,004
20 Crete, NE 7,047 666 2,185
21 Beatrice, NE 12,340 421 2,730
22 Grand Island, NE 51,980 332 3,116
23 Hastings, NE 24,872 245 3,815
24 Lincoln, NE 281,138 357 3,105
25 South Sioux City, NE 13,308 330 3,757
26 Ralston, NE 6,003 333 3,614
27 North Platte, NE 24,092 340 3,582
28 Omaha, NE 446,163 567 3,767
29 Scottsbluff, NE 14,747 447 4,346

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