These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Nebraska For 2018


We used the most recent census data to determine where the 1% live in Nebraska.

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Papillion, Gretna, 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.

Papillion in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $77,339 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.9%.

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 2012-2016 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 2018:

  1. Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Gretna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Holdrege (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Gering (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Ralston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Columbus (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 the best places to live in Nebraska or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Nebraska For 2018

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 2012-2016 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, Papillion, crowned the “Richest Place In Nebraska For 2018”.

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

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1. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Population: 19,520
Median Income: $77,339
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Papillion: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Gretna

Gretna, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,047
Median Income: $66,890
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Gretna: Homes For Sale | Data
Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

3. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Population: 17,064
Median Income: $59,401
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on La Vista: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

4. Sidney

Sidney, Nebraska

Population: 6,875
Median Income: $57,609
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 11.4%
More on Sidney: Homes For Sale | Data
Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

5. Seward

Seward, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,133
Median Income: $61,338
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
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.

6. York

York, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,899
Median Income: $50,539
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.8%
More on York: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Holdrege

Holdrege, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,545
Median Income: $44,914
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
More on Holdrege: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Gering

Gering, Nebraska

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Population: 8,401
Median Income: $52,484
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Gering: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Population: 7,334
Median Income: $53,198
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Ralston: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,668
Median Income: $53,857
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Nebraska For 2018

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: Lexington
3rd Poorest: South Sioux City

For more Nebraska reading , check out:

  • 10 Best Places To Live In Nebraska
  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Nebraska
  • 10 Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Nebraska

    Rank City Median Income
    1 Papillion $77,339
    2 Gretna $66,890
    3 La Vista $59,401
    4 Sidney $57,609
    5 Seward $61,338
    6 York $50,539
    7 Holdrege $44,914
    8 Gering $52,484
    9 Ralston $53,198
    10 Columbus $53,857
    11 Blair $47,980
    12 Bellevue $58,053
    13 Kearney $51,333
    14 Alliance $52,609
    15 Fremont $48,056
    16 Plattsmouth $47,178
    17 North Platte $46,404
    18 Lincoln $51,126
    19 Beatrice $41,204
    20 Norfolk $45,401
    21 Omaha $50,827
    22 Chadron $39,740
    23 Hastings $46,903
    24 Grand Island $49,118
    25 Wayne $42,500
    26 Mccook $40,264
    27 Crete $44,308
    28 Nebraska City $42,445
    29 Schuyler $45,804
    30 South Sioux City $48,438
    31 Lexington $44,834
    32 Scottsbluff $37,665

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