These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Nebraska For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Nebraska.

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Gretna, La Vista, Papillion: 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 $76,548 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 5.9%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 32 places in Nebraska with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Nebraska for 2019:

  1. Gretna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Holdrege (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ralston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Schuyler (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Nebraska For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 2019”.

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

Gretna, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,045
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $76,548
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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.

La Vista, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 17,062
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $63,034
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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.

Papillion, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,478
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $76,259
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Papillion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Seward, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,124
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,589
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 11.6%
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.

Sidney, NE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,830
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $61,667
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.0%
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: 5,497
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $48,900
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
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: 22,834
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $54,822
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
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.

Ralston, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,348
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $55,837
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
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.

York, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,890
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $52,889
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 12.2%
More on York: Real Estate | Data | Photos

York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,766. It is the home of York College and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.

Schuyler, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,229
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 19)
Median Income: $53,756
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Schuyler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Nebraska For 2019

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 2.33 $76,548
2 La Vista 3.83 $63,034
3 Papillion 4.17 $76,259
4 Seward 7.67 $60,589
5 Sidney 8.0 $61,667
6 Holdrege 10.0 $48,900
7 Columbus 11.33 $54,822
8 Ralston 12.0 $55,837
9 York 12.5 $52,889
10 Schuyler 13.0 $53,756
11 Bellevue 13.67 $62,003
12 Gering 13.67 $56,010
13 Chadron 16.67 $44,773
14 Alliance 16.83 $54,291
15 Lincoln 17.33 $53,089
16 Plattsmouth 17.67 $49,211
17 North Platte 18.17 $50,422
18 Beatrice 18.17 $44,134
19 Kearney 18.33 $51,494
20 Omaha 18.5 $53,789
21 Fremont 18.83 $50,007
22 Blair 19.0 $44,855
23 Nebraska City 20.0 $44,243
24 Hastings 20.17 $47,700
25 Grand Island 20.5 $51,627
26 Wayne 22.5 $44,722
27 Mccook 23.0 $40,372
28 Crete 23.17 $44,051
29 Norfolk 23.33 $46,542
30 Lexington 25.0 $49,881
31 South Sioux City 28.67 $48,859
32 Scottsbluff 30.0 $41,143

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