Where are the best places in the state of Nebraska?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Cornhusker State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Nebraska.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 30 places in Nebraska, we came up with this list of the best places.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Nebraska for 2019:
- Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gretna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Blair (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Holdrege (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gering (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Papillion if you’re thinking of moving to Nebraska — it’s the best the Cornhusker State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Nebraska.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Lincoln with a population of 273,018 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 30 cities, 85 towns, and 396 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Nebraska
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Nebraska across a number of criteria from one to 30, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Nebraska”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Nebraska? That would be Papillion.
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Nebraska.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Papillion at the end of the cul-de-sac.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Nebraska For 2019
The Town of Papillion consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why Papillion ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Papillion are the 2nd most expensive in the state of Nebraska, with the average home worth a whopping $167,200. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Papillion if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Papillion residents have the 1st highest income in the state, and the 8th lowest crime numbers in Nebraska.
La Vista is feeling the love as it ranks as the 2nd best city to live in Nebraska for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (4th overall) and low crime (5th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Nebraska”.
Gretna isn’t just the nicest place to live in Nebraska – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 5th lowest unemployment rate, the 2nd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Gretna definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Seward is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 4th best place in Nebraska?
Homes are priced around $143,900 and residents have the 27th shortest commute in Nebraska.
At an unemployment rate of 1.6%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Blair. And the residents command high salaries ($47,980 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($142,900 each).
We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Nebraska. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Sidney one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Sidney.
Kearney’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 11th highest, making Kearney a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Kearney has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
Holdrege has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Nebraska.
The unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in the state at 1.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $44,914, and the average cost of a home is $105,500. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Holdrege one of America’s gems.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Columbus.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 22nd lowest in Nebraska and the median income comes in at $53,857.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Gering is by far one of the best places to live in Nebraska: the math proves it! This city has the 18th lowest unemployment rate and the 10th highest median income in all of Nebraska.
Plus, the median home values are the 16th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 4th lowest in the state, making Gering a safe and great place to live.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Nebraska
If you’re looking at areas in Nebraska with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Papillion made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Nebraska for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Nebraska
- Hickman (Pop. 1,891)
- Springfield (Pop. 1,516)
- Waverly (Pop. 3,686)
- Bennington (Pop. 1,608)
- Aurora (Pop. 4,459)
- Arlington (Pop. 1,322)
- Sutherland (Pop. 1,490)
- Battle Creek (Pop. 1,264)
- Ceresco (Pop. 1,000)
- Pierce (Pop. 1,963)
Best Small Towns To Live In Nebraska
- Loomis (Pop. 419)
- Hadar (Pop. 273)
- Wann (Pop. 81)
- Lakeview (Pop. 317)
- Yankee Hill (Pop. 378)
- Roca (Pop. 195)
- Malcolm (Pop. 408)
- Washington (Pop. 114)
- Glenwood (Pop. 473)
- Henderson (Pop. 971)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Nebraska according to the data:
- Lexington (Pop. 10,090)
- Schuyler (Pop. 6,171)
- Scottsbluff (Pop. 14,937)
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