These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Nebraska


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Nebraska does this very well. Families love the Cornhusker State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Nebraska that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Nebraska:

  1. Gretna (Photos)
  2. Papillion (Photos)
  3. Bellevue (Photos)
  4. Lincoln (Photos)
  5. Blair (Photos)
  6. Kearney (Photos)
  7. Omaha (Photos)
  8. Seward (Photos)
  9. Ralston (Photos)
  10. Columbus (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Alliance is the most affordable city in Nebraska.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Nebraska.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 27 places in Nebraska that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Gretna, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Gretna

Gretna, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,416
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 91

2. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,100
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 90
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 91

3. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,690
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 80
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 91

4. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 265,811
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 78
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 87

5. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,990
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 79
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 91

6. Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,759
Services Index: 91
Groceries Index: 104
Housing Index: 75
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 95

7. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 435,454
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 77
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 91

8. Seward

Seward, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,050
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 72
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 87

9. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,826
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 72
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 91

10. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,436
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 63
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 87

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Nebraska that have the highest cost of living, with Gretna ranking as the most exensive city in the Cornhusker State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Nebraska:

  1. Alliance
  2. Chadron
  3. McCook

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Nebraska

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Gretna 1 5,416 95 95 102 92 96 91
Papillion 2 21,100 95 95 102 90 96 91
Bellevue 3 52,690 95 95 102 80 96 91
Lincoln 4 265,811 99 100 101 78 99 87
Blair 5 7,990 95 95 102 79 96 91
Kearney 6 31,759 91 104 99 75 100 95
Omaha 7 435,454 95 95 102 77 96 91
Seward 8 7,050 99 100 101 72 99 87
Ralston 9 6,826 95 95 102 72 96 91
Columbus 10 22,436 99 100 101 63 99 87
Fremont 11 26,483 95 95 102 66 96 91
Plattsmouth 12 6,473 95 95 102 62 96 91
Crete 13 7,055 99 100 101 60 99 87
Norfolk 14 24,364 95 95 102 62 96 91
York 15 7,878 91 104 99 57 100 95
Schuyler 16 6,195 99 100 101 58 99 87
Gering 17 8,463 91 97 101 61 87 100
Hastings 18 25,030 91 104 99 56 100 95
Beatrice 19 12,183 99 100 101 56 99 87
Holdrege 20 5,506 91 104 99 54 100 95
Sidney 21 6,801 91 97 101 58 87 100
Scottsbluff 22 14,998 91 97 101 58 87 100
Lexington 23 10,189 91 104 99 51 100 95
Wayne 24 5,578 95 95 102 54 96 91
Mccook 25 7,670 91 104 99 51 100 95
Chadron 26 5,829 91 97 101 53 87 100
Alliance 27 8,501 91 97 101 51 87 100

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