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The 10 Safest Cities in Nebraska—2016

The Safest Cities in Nebraska 2016

Nebraska consistently earns praise for being a great state to live and work. CNBC ranked Nebraska fourth on its list of “America’s Top States for Business,” and a report from Pollina Corporate Real Estate named Nebraska the second most pro-business state. Nebraska is also recognized as a Midwestern gem when it comes to recreation and quality of life. The abundance of safe places to live in the Cornhusker State also makes Nebraskans some of the country’s happiest people.

Based on the 2014 FBI Crime Report, crime in Nebraska’s ten safest cities affects fewer than eight in 1,000 people. The cities on our list reported a total of seventy-seven violent offenses, though they represent nearly 73,000 residents. That means that the chance of being a victim of violent crime in one of these cities is one in 1,000. We were particularly impressed that Falls City reported no violent offenses at all and that the violent crime rate in Columbus—by far the most populated city on our list—was exceptionally low.

Overall, the ten safest cities in Nebraska experienced fourteen property crimes per 1,000 people, which is about half the national norm. O’Neill—the safest city on our list—had only thirteen total property crimes, with eleven larceny-thefts and zero burglaries or arsons.

All around Nebraska, law enforcement officers and citizens work hard to make the state a safe place to live, work, and play. But even in the safest cities, it’s important to stay informed about and prepared for potential dangers. Use the resources in our Nebraska Safety Directory to help protect your loved ones and your home.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Nebraska

To identify the 10 safest cities in Nebraska, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. O’Neill 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.08 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.52

2. Aurora 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.79 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.52

3. Seward 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.84 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.18

4. Blair 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.50
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.27

5. Falls City 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.51

6. Columbus 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.84
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.02

7. Cozad 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.81 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.31

8. Wahoo 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.07

9. Gering 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.60

10. Chadron 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.71

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 10?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

11. Minden 12. Gothenburg 13. Kearney
14. Holdrege 15. Alliance 16. Fremont
17. Norfolk 18. Ogallala 19. York
20. Ralston 21. Lexington 22. Sidney
23. McCook 24. Crete 25. Lincoln
26. South Sioux City 27. Nebraska City 28. Scottsbluff
29. Hastings 30. Beatrice 31. North Platte
32. Grand Island 33. Omaha

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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