See Which Nebraska Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 7k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

If you grew up drinking Kool-Aid, then you can thank Nebraska for that, as it was created here in 1927. If you ever used CliffsNotes to catch up on reading assignments or to help study for essays and exams, then you can thank Nebraska for that as well. Warren Buffet, the 2nd richest man in the world, has his conglomerate holding company – Berkshire Hathaway – based in Omaha. Due to the large plains of the state, Nebraska has a very large agriculture sector, especially in livestock products such as beef and pork. You’ll be impressed to know that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the country of just 2.5%. With everyone busy with their work, you’ll also find that Nebraska has a lot of very safe cities to live in.

The safety ranking range of the top safest cities in the state is very good, with a high of 91.11 to a low of 70.35. Compare that to other states that commonly have a low in the 50s and 40s. However, most of the cities in Nebraska have a small population, and therefore don’t qualify for national rankings (which the minimum is 50k). The three larger cities of Nebraska did make it onto the top 500 safest cities in the nation though. Most of the 25 safest cities in Nebraska can also boast no increases in their very low crime rates, or they’ve experienced a decrease in their violent and property crime rates.

The safest city in Nebraska is Gering, with a safety score of 91.11 and a population of 8,335. It is located at the base of Scotts Bluff National Monument, one of the most beautiful parts of the country. As it is at the base of one of the most iconic monuments in the nation, Gering tends to attract people who are very proud and honored to live there. This contributes significantly to the low crime rates.

Unlike other states with larger populations, Nebraska has safe cities located all over the state rather than clustered in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area. There is Seward (89.99) located outside the state capital, but then there is Columbus (89.42) much further north, and Alliance(87.4) far west. As mentioned earlier, with the lowest unemployment rate in the country and farm life the predominant job here, you’ll mostly find just safety and tranquility here.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 91.11

Gering, NE

8,335 438 5 69.3% 114 -30.2%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.99

Seward, NE

7,165 550 4 -33.4% 54 -32.6%

3 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.42

Columbus, NE

22,735 454 27 41.3% 362 -6.5%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.4

Alliance, NE

8,529 387 11 -57.8% 171 -3.1%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.09

La Vista, NE

18,049 487 23 n/a 211 n/a

6 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.27

Nebraska City, NE

7,257 483 8 59.7% 153 -44.7%

7 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.53

Blair, NE

7,981 419 10 -16.6% 117 10.4%

8 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.82

Norfolk, NE

24,490 429 30 -28.3% 590 -1.9%

9 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.69

Papillion, NE

24,355 553 18 n/a 383 n/a

10 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.32

Lexington, NE

10,122 481 18 29.5% 241 -15.1%

11
Safety Score: 83.69

Kearney, NE

32,885 476 106 26.3% 756 10.9%

12
Safety Score: 83.34

McCook, NE

7,590 360 10 69% 199 -14.9%

13
Safety Score: 83.13

Bellevue, NE

54,595 495 74 n/a 992 n/a

14
Safety Score: 83.04

York, NE

8,008 380 0 -100% 170 -22.3%

15
Safety Score: 82.16

Ralston, NE

7,581 473 6 -70% 161 -20.6%

16
Safety Score: 80.32

Fremont, NE

26,521 662 75 28.3% 526 -16.7%

17
Safety Score: 77.82

Crete, NE

7,045 n/a 15 n/a 185 n/a

18
Safety Score: 76.69

Grand Island, NE

51,861 498 121 -9.2% 1,497 -33.8%

19
Safety Score: 74.7

Hastings, NE

24,849 443 62 -14.3% 801 -15.1%

20
Safety Score: 74.65

North Platte, NE

24,231 384 60 -26% 969 -4.1%

21
Safety Score: 74.23

Scottsbluff, NE

14,825 423 44 1.2% 586 7.1%

22
Safety Score: 74.15

South Sioux City, NE

13,357 n/a 18 n/a 447 n/a

23
Safety Score: 72.61

Beatrice, NE

11,965 351 66 -48.7% 383 -4.4%

24
Safety Score: 72.36

Lincoln, NE

276,585 574 1,025 9.5% 9,033 -2.5%

25
Safety Score: 70.35

Omaha, NE

452,252 469 2,329 -8.1% 16,261 -17.3%


Let Everyone Know Your City Made the List!

Copy this code to embed and share this badge on your website:

<iframe src="https://www.safehome.org/safest-cities/"><img src="https://www.safehome.org/badges/SafestCities-Badge-Nebraska.png" /></iframe>