Nebraska offers a wealth of Mother Nature’s treasures, centuries of fascinating history, and low crime rates. According to the most recent FBI Crime Report, only 12 states in the nation are safer than Nebraska.

Nebraska averages 2.59 reported violent crimes per 1,000 people, which is roughly 30 percent less than the national average of 3.67 reported violent crimes per 1,000 people. Of the safe cities listed below, Wahoo, Cozad, and O’Neill had the lowest violent crime rates, each reporting less than one incident per 1,000 people. Remarkably, FBI crime data reveals no city on our list reported more than a total of nine violent crimes, and 90 percent of the top 10 safest cities in Nebraska reported no murders or robberies.
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The citizens, law enforcement officers and leaders of Nebraska’s safest cities really have something to brag about when it comes to low property crimes rates. On average, the cities cited just 11.53 incidents of property crime per 1,000 residents. That’s less than half of the state and national average. Auburn and O’Neil had the fewest incidents, reporting approximately six incidents per 1,000 citizens.

The Cornhusker State enjoys respectably low violent and property crime rates, and to keep it that way Nebraska invests in its children. For example, Nebraska’s Coalition for Juvenile Justice focuses on initiatives that can help improve the lives of the state’s youth, especially those who are involved with the juvenile justice system. From addressing substance abuse issues in rural areas to improving school engagement and reducing absenteeism, Nebraska’s Coalition for Juvenile Justice has launched several noteworthy programs that could be helping keep crime at bay.

Whether you already call Nebraska home or you’re thinking about relocating there, you’ll want to get familiar with our Nebraska Safety Directory. You will discover a variety of up-to-date safety and security information about local crime prevention programs, state-wide disaster resources and more. Then review our list of the 10 safest places to live in Nebraska and find out if your favorite Cornhusker city is included.

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How We Chose the Safest Cities in Nebraska

Our top 10 safest cities in Nebraska list was put together by tracking down cities with a population of over 3,000 residents in 2012 and evaluating the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics. From the information provided in the report, we found out the number of Violent Crimes, which are considered murder, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape, as well as Property Crimes, consisting of burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, and larceny-theft that were reported in each city. Then, we calculated the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people to ensure the playing field was level.

When it comes to accurate crime statistics the FBI Crime Report has a reputation for excellence, but not every city in Nebraska reported complete data to the FBI. If there’s a Nebraska city you think earns top marks for safety but you don’t see it on our list, your local law enforcement agency may not have reported complete data to the FBI, which caused it to be removed from our list.

These are the 10 safest cities in Nebraska.

1. O’Neill

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.18

2. Auburn

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.43

3. Cozad

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .24
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.21

4. Falls City

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .92
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.58

5. Aurora

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.25

6. Wahoo

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.93

7. Seward

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .85
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.43

8. Sidney

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.73

9. Blair

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.36

10. Gering

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.08
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Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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