These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Nebraska For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Blair (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Crete (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Omaha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Schuyler (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Alliance (the cheapest place to live in Nebraska) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Nebraska or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Population: 259,218
Services: 99
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 78
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 87
More on Lincoln: Homes For Sale | Data
Lincoln (pronounced /lkn/) is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles (242.06 km2) with a population of 280,364 in 2016. It is the second-most populous city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. The statistical area is home to 348,720 people, making it the 105th-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

2. Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

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Population: 30,932
Services: 91
Groceries: 104
Health Care: 99
Housing: 75
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Kearney: Homes For Sale | Data
Kearney /krni/ is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 30,787 at the 2010 census. It is home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The westward push of the railroad as the Civil War ended gave birth to the community.

3. Seward

Seward, Nebraska

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Population: 6,937
Services: 99
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 72
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 87
More on Seward: Homes For Sale | Data
Seward is a city and county seat of Seward County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,964 at the 2010 census. Seward is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is known for its large Fourth of July celebration.

4. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

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Population: 22,110
Services: 99
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 63
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 87
More on Columbus: Homes For Sale | Data
Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 22,111 at the 2010 census.

5. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Population: 19,618
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 90
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
More on Papillion: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

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Population: 51,293
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 80
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
More on Bellevue: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

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Population: 7,979
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 79
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
More on Blair: Homes For Sale | Data
Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census. Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

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Population: 6,989
Services: 99
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 60
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 87
More on Crete: Homes For Sale | Data
Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.

9. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Population: 412,689
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 102
Housing: 77
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 91
More on Omaha: Homes For Sale | Data
Omaha (/omh/ OH-m-hah) is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha’s population was 408,958, making it the nation’s 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile (80 km) radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

10. Schuyler

Schuyler, Nebraska

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Population: 6,141
Services: 99
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 87
More on Schuyler: Homes For Sale | Data
Schuyler is a city in Colfax County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,211 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Colfax County. The city (as well as the county) is named after former Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Alliance
  2. Chadron
  3. Scottsbluff

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Nebraska

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

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