The 10 Safest Cities in Nebraska—2017

May 15, 2018 |

Nebraska’s safest cities are holding strong in their efforts to protect citizens and keep their communities as crime-free as possible. This year, 60% of the safest cities on our list are repeats from last year. Overall, Nebraska shows the fifteenth lowest violent crime rate and twenty-second lowest property crime rate among the states we rank for safest cities. Both violent and property crimes statewide fall below national averages.

Communities with low crime usually have civic-minded citizens, and West Point (our top city) is no exception. West Point offers residents a wide variety of clubs, organizations, and volunteer opportunities, including everything from 4-H to a youth mentoring program.

Perhaps citizen involvement is what helped the ten cities we’ve selected report zero murders, an impressive figure from the FBI’s latest crime statistics. In fact, only two cities reported more than five total violent crimes. Robberies were also greatly limited, with 70% of cities reporting zero incidents, and only six occurred in total.

These ten Nebraska cities can also be proud of their property crime statistics. Only three cities reported more than fifty total property crimes, and 80% had no counts of arson. Every city selected had fewer than twenty motor vehicle thefts, with eight cities reporting five or fewer. Each city also boasts violent and property crime rates that fall below state and national averages.

Search below to see if your Nebraska town made the cut this year, and resolve to do your part to keep the community you love as safe as possible. Check out our Nebraska Safety Directory, which features tips and information about crime prevention and general safety. Every citizen matters, and your personal safety efforts can make a big difference.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Nebraska

To identify the ten safest cities in Nebraska, we reviewed the 2015 FBI crime report statistics and population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 1,500 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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 level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. West Point 

Previous rank: N/A

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.51 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.51

2. O’Neill 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.11

3. Seward 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.56 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.54

4. Falls City 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.35

5. Broken Bow 

Previous rank: N/A

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.44 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.95

6. Aurora 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.83

7. Wahoo 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.95

8. La Vista 

Previous rank: N/A

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.27
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.69

9. Cozad 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.85

10. Gering 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.68

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.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you in the drop down menu below.

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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