These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Nebraska For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Nebraska go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Nebraska definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Nebraska where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Cornhusker State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 25 largest places in Nebraska, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Nebraska for 2018:

  1. Alliance (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Chadron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Scottsbluff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Gering (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Plattsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Norfolk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Holdrege (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Lincoln (the most expensive place in Nebraska) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Nebraska and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Cornhusker State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Nebraska
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Nebraska to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 25 places in Nebraska that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Alliance, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,516
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 51
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
More on Alliance: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,846
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 53
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
More on Chadron: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sidney, NE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,768
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
More on Sidney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

Scottsbluff, NE

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,971
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
More on Scottsbluff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 15,039 at the 2010 census. Scottsbluff is the largest city in the Nebraska Panhandle, and the 13th largest city in Nebraska.

Wayne, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,630
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 54
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
More on Wayne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wayne is a city in Wayne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,660 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wayne County and the home of Wayne State College.

Gering, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,431
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 61
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
More on Gering: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lexington, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,191
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Health Care: 99
Housing: 51
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Plattsmouth, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,518
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 62
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
More on Plattsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.

Norfolk, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,079
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 62
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
More on Norfolk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norfolk is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States, 113 miles northwest of Omaha and 83 miles west of Sioux City at the intersection of U.S. Routes 81 and 275. The population was 24,210 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in Nebraska. It is the principal city of the Norfolk Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Holdrege, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,492
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Health Care: 99
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Nebraska Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Nebraska, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Nebraska according to the data:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Kearney
  3. Seward

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Nebraska

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Alliance 9.33 8,516 91 97 101
2 Chadron 9.58 5,846 91 97 101
3 Sidney 10.75 6,768 91 97 101
4 Scottsbluff 10.75 14,971 91 97 101
5 Wayne 11.08 5,630 95 95 102
6 Gering 11.25 8,431 91 97 101
7 Lexington 12.33 10,191 91 104 99
8 Plattsmouth 12.75 6,518 95 95 102
9 Norfolk 12.75 24,079 95 95 102
10 Holdrege 12.83 5,492 91 104 99
11 Beatrice 13.08 12,386 99 100 101
12 Hastings 13.17 24,960 91 104 99
13 Fremont 13.17 26,282 95 95 102
14 York 13.42 7,807 91 104 99
15 Ralston 13.42 6,330 95 95 102
16 Schuyler 13.67 6,141 99 100 101
17 Omaha 13.83 412,689 95 95 102
18 Crete 14.0 6,989 99 100 101
19 Blair 14.17 7,979 95 95 102
20 Bellevue 14.33 51,293 95 95 102
21 Papillion 14.5 19,618 95 95 102
22 Columbus 14.67 22,110 99 100 101
23 Seward 15.08 6,937 99 100 101
24 Kearney 15.42 30,932 91 104 99
25 Lincoln 15.67 259,218 99 100 101

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