These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Nebraska


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 26 largest places in Nebraska, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Alliance
  2. Chadron
  3. Mccook
  4. Wayne
  5. Lexington
  6. Sidney
  7. Holdrege
  8. Scottsbluff
  9. Beatrice
  10. Hastings

So listen up Papillion as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Cornhusker State

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 26 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.

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1. Alliance

Alliance, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,516
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 51
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 100

2. Chadron

Chadron, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,846
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 53
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 100

3. Mccook


Population: 7,681
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Healthcare: 99
Housing: 51
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 95

4. Wayne

Wayne, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,630
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 102
Housing: 54
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 91

5. Lexington

Lexington, Nebraska

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,191
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Healthcare: 99
Housing: 51
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 95

6. Sidney

Sidney, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,768
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 100

7. Holdrege

Holdrege, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,492
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Healthcare: 99
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 95

8. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,971
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 100

9. Beatrice

Beatrice, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,386
Services: 99
Groceries: 100
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 56
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 87

10. Hastings

Hastings, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,960
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Healthcare: 99
Housing: 56
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 95

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Nebraska

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Alliance 1 8,516 91 97 101
Chadron 2 5,846 91 97 101
Mccook 3 7,681 91 104 99
Wayne 4 5,630 95 95 102
Lexington 5 10,191 91 104 99
Sidney 6 6,768 91 97 101
Holdrege 7 5,492 91 104 99
Scottsbluff 8 14,971 91 97 101
Beatrice 9 12,386 99 100 101
Hastings 10 24,960 91 104 99
Gering 11 8,431 91 97 101
York 12 7,807 91 104 99
Schuyler 13 6,141 99 100 101
Norfolk 14 24,079 95 95 102
Crete 15 6,989 99 100 101
Plattsmouth 16 6,518 95 95 102
Fremont 17 26,282 95 95 102
Columbus 18 22,110 99 100 101
Ralston 19 6,330 95 95 102
Seward 20 6,937 99 100 101
Omaha 21 412,689 95 95 102
Kearney 22 30,932 91 104 99
Blair 23 7,979 95 95 102
Lincoln 24 259,218 99 100 101
Bellevue 25 51,293 95 95 102
Papillion 26 19,618 95 95 102

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