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)
  2. Chadron (Photos)
  3. Sidney (Photos)
  4. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  5. Wayne (Photos)
  6. Gering (Photos)
  7. Lexington
  8. Plattsmouth (Photos)
  9. Norfolk (Photos)
  10. Holdrege (Photos)

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 the best places to live in Nebraska or the most expensive.

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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:

  • 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.

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1. Alliance

Alliance, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,516
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 51
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
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.

2. Chadron

Chadron, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,846
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 53
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
Chadron (/ædrn/ SHAD-rn) 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.

3. Sidney

Sidney, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,768
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

4. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,971
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
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.

5. Wayne

Wayne, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,630
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 54
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
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.

6. Gering

Gering, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,431
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 61
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100
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.

7. Lexington

Lexington, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,191
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Health Care: 99
Housing: 51
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
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.

8. Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,518
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 62
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.

9. Norfolk

Norfolk, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,079
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 62
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
Norfolk (/nrfrk/ or /nrfok/) 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.

10. Holdrege

Holdrege, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,492
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Health Care: 99
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
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. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Nebraska

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

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