Richest Cities In Nebraska For 2020


We analyzed 32 places in Nebraska to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Nebraska.

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Gretna, Papillion, La Vista: These cities aren't just some of the best places to live in Nebraska. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Cornhusker State.

Gretna in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $80,713 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.189435336976321%.

If you're thinking of moving to one of these towns, you'll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Nebraska share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 32 places in Nebraska with more than 5,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Nebraska.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Nebraska:

The 10 Richest Cities In Nebraska For 2020

Gretna, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,037
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,713
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Gretna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

Papillion, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,466
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,853
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Papillion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Vista, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,077
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $67,605
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on La Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

Seward, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,151
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $64,180
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Seward: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Ralston, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,314
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $60,469
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Ralston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,943 at the 2010 census. Ralston is surrounded on three sides by the city of Omaha, and by Sarpy County on the south side.

Sidney, NE

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 6,732
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $58,784
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%
More on Sidney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

Holdrege, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,476
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $51,615
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Columbus, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,992
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $59,894
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
More on Columbus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Gering, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,312
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $60,047
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Gering: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bellevue, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 53,225
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $63,443
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.4%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Nebraska For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Nebraska
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 32 places with more than 5,000 people in Nebraska, we ranked each place from 1 to 32 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Gretna, crowned the "Richest City In Nebraska For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 32 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Nebraska For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Nebraska, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Nebraska.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Nebraska, according to data:

Poorest: Scottsbluff
2nd Poorest: South Sioux City
3rd Poorest: Lexington

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Nebraska

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Gretna 1.67 $80,713
2 Papillion 2.67 $80,853
3 La Vista 3.67 $67,605
4 Seward 5.33 $64,180
5 Ralston 8.67 $60,469
6 Sidney 9.0 $58,784
7 Holdrege 11.33 $51,615
8 Columbus 12.0 $59,894
9 Gering 13.33 $60,047
10 Bellevue 13.67 $63,443
11 York 14.67 $54,724
12 Chadron 15.0 $52,201
13 Lincoln 15.33 $55,224
14 Mccook 15.33 $44,473
15 Blair 16.67 $48,511
16 Omaha 17.0 $56,780
17 Kearney 17.33 $53,790
18 Schuyler 19.0 $54,798
19 Grand Island 19.0 $52,642
20 Plattsmouth 19.33 $49,609
21 North Platte 19.33 $49,622
22 Hastings 19.67 $47,528
23 Beatrice 21.0 $44,067
24 Alliance 21.33 $51,932
25 Norfolk 22.0 $49,490
26 Crete 23.33 $44,469
27 Wayne 23.67 $41,709
28 Nebraska City 24.0 $44,891
29 Fremont 24.0 $48,644
30 Lexington 24.33 $53,701
31 South Sioux City 25.0 $53,199
32 Scottsbluff 30.33 $42,488

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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