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.
- Alliance (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chadron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Scottsbluff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gering (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Plattsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Norfolk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
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 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 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 is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.
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 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 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 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 is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.
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 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:
For more Nebraska reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Nebraska
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Nebraska
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Nebraska
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Nebraska