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 some more reading about Nebraska:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Nebraska For 2018

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 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.

Papillion, NE

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Population: 19,520.0
Median Income: $77,339.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Gretna, NE

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Population: 5,047.0
Median Income: $66,890.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
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Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,064.0
Median Income: $59,401.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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.

Sidney, NE

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Population: 6,875.0
Median Income: $57,609.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 11.4%
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Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

Seward, NE

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Population: 7,133.0
Median Income: $61,338.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
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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.

York, NE

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Population: 7,899.0
Median Income: $50,539.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.8%
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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.

Holdrege, NE

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Population: 5,545.0
Median Income: $44,914.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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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.

Gering, NE

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Population: 8,401.0
Median Income: $52,484.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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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.

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,334.0
Median Income: $53,198.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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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.

Columbus, NE

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Population: 22,668.0
Median Income: $53,857.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
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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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Nebraska

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Papillion 3.0 $77,339
2 Gretna 3.0 $66,890
3 La Vista 5.83 $59,401
4 Sidney 7.67 $57,609
5 Seward 8.83 $61,338
6 York 9.67 $50,539
7 Holdrege 10.33 $44,914
8 Gering 10.5 $52,484
9 Ralston 11.33 $53,198
10 Columbus 12.5 $53,857
11 Blair 12.83 $47,980
12 Bellevue 13.33 $58,053
13 Kearney 16.0 $51,333
14 Alliance 16.0 $52,609
15 Fremont 16.17 $48,056
16 Plattsmouth 16.5 $47,178
17 North Platte 16.83 $46,404
18 Lincoln 17.67 $51,126
19 Beatrice 19.5 $41,204
20 Norfolk 19.5 $45,401
21 Omaha 19.83 $50,827
22 Chadron 20.5 $39,740
23 Hastings 20.67 $46,903
24 Grand Island 21.5 $49,118
25 Wayne 21.5 $42,500
26 Mccook 22.0 $40,264
27 Crete 22.5 $44,308
28 Nebraska City 23.0 $42,445
29 Schuyler 23.83 $45,804
30 South Sioux City 26.0 $48,438
31 Lexington 28.67 $44,834
32 Scottsbluff 31.0 $37,665

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