The 10 Best Places To Live In Nebraska For 2019


Here are the cream of the crop in the Cornhusker State.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Nebraska.

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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.

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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Nebraska For 2019

Papillion, NE

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9.5
/10

Population: 19,520
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $167,200 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (7th best)
More on Papillion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Nebraska, as there were only 29 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 7th lowest in Nebraska (2.8%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 2nd most expensive in Papillion ($167,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $77,339 a year.

La Vista, NE

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9
/10

Population: 17,064
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $141,600 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (8th best)
More on La Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Vista is another great city in Nebraska with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in La Vista. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”

Enough said.

Gretna, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,047
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $170,200 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.8% (5th best)
More on Gretna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Who doesn’t want to live in Gretna? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 1.8%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Gretna in the news in the coming months.

Seward, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,133
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (14th best)
More on Seward: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you want to live in Nebraska, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Seward area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $61,338 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Seward as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Seward.

Blair, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,007
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $142,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.6% (4th best)
More on Blair: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Blair has the 4th lowest unemployment rate in Nebraska. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Blair is higher than the national average and households make $47,980 per year.

We’d move to Blair if we could in a heart beat.

Sidney, NE

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7
/10

Population: 6,875
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $125,700 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (6th best)
More on Sidney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Things can’t get much better than in the town of Sidney. The crime is the 10th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Sidney make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $125,700 and households make $57,609 which is good for 6th in Nebraska.

Kearney, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,709
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $159,400 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (11th best)
More on Kearney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kearney is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 7th best place in Nebraska?

Homes are priced around $159,400 and residents have the 8th shortest commute in Nebraska.

Holdrege, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,545
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $105,500 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.1% (1st best)
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little Holdrege has it made. It has the 1st lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Nebraska.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We’d recommend you start saving up!

Columbus, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,668
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $126,700 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (22nd best)
More on Columbus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbus is by far one of the best places to live in Nebraska: the math proves it! This city has the 22nd lowest unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income in all of Nebraska.

Plus, the median home values are the 12th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 12th lowest in the state, making Columbus a safe and great place to live.

Gering, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,401
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $118,700 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (18th best)
More on Gering: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime is the 4th lowest in the state in Gering, and there were only 3 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Nebraska, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Gering earn $52,484 a year.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Nebraska

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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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

  1. Hickman (Pop. 1,891)
  2. Springfield (Pop. 1,516)
  3. Waverly (Pop. 3,686)
  4. Bennington (Pop. 1,608)
  5. Aurora (Pop. 4,459)
  6. Arlington (Pop. 1,322)
  7. Sutherland (Pop. 1,490)
  8. Battle Creek (Pop. 1,264)
  9. Ceresco (Pop. 1,000)
  10. Pierce (Pop. 1,963)

Best Small Towns To Live In Nebraska

  1. Loomis (Pop. 419)
  2. Hadar (Pop. 273)
  3. Wann (Pop. 81)
  4. Lakeview (Pop. 317)
  5. Yankee Hill (Pop. 378)
  6. Roca (Pop. 195)
  7. Malcolm (Pop. 408)
  8. Washington (Pop. 114)
  9. Glenwood (Pop. 473)
  10. Henderson (Pop. 971)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Nebraska according to the data:

  1. Lexington (Pop. 10,090)
  2. Schuyler (Pop. 6,171)
  3. Scottsbluff (Pop. 14,937)

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Where Are The The Best Places To Live In Nebraska?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Papillion 19,520 2.8% $167,200
2 La Vista 17,064 3.2% $141,600
3 Gretna 5,047 1.8% $170,200
4 Seward 7,133 3.7% $143,900
5 Blair 8,007 1.6% $142,900
6 Sidney 6,875 2.2% $125,700
7 Kearney 32,709 3.6% $159,400
8 Holdrege 5,545 1.1% $105,500
9 Columbus 22,668 5.4% $126,700
10 Gering 8,401 4.5% $118,700

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