Nebraska’s 10 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Nebraska for 2019. See if your city made the list.

York holds onto the title of Nebraska’s safest city once again, reporting another year with zero counts of violent crime. But York is one of only three cities that made the list again—Bellevue and McCook also repeated—making 70% of the cities new to the list this year.

Across the state, Nebraska’s crime rates are higher than national rates for both violent and property crime. Nebraska reported 5.43 violent crimes per 1,000 people, and the national average is 4.49. It’s much the same when we look at property crime, with the state coming in at 34.26 incidents versus 27.11 nationwide.

Look for your Nebraska city on our full list below, and see what the competition is to get your town on the list next year if you didn’t make it.

Nebraska's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 80% of the cities had fewer than 10 violent crimes, and each of those reported zero murders.  
  • 90% of the cities are below national and state property crime rates.
  • Ironically, the number one city is the only one that exceeds the national property crime rate at 29.71 incidents versus 27.11 per 1,000 nationally.
  • York had zero incidents of violent crime but reported 234 property crimes, the bulk of which were larceny-theft (201 incidents, equalling 86% of the total property crimes reported).
  • Physical assault is the biggest violent crime concern across the state, but 40% of the cities on the list reported zero assaults.
  • Property crime and digital security tied for the top safety concern in Nebraska, according to our State of Safety survey.

The 10 Safest Cities in Nebraska




York, Nebraska
Population 7,876
Median Income $52,889
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 29.71




Madison, Nebraska
Population 2,358
Median Income $46,432
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.42
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.70




Milford, Nebraska
Population 2,115
Median Income $45,694
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.47
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.87




Bennington, Nebraska
Population 1,518
Median Income $75,667
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.66
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.56




Valley, Nebraska
Population 2,225
Median Income $57,813
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.90
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.22




McCook, Nebraska
Population 7,498
Median Income $40,372
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.07
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 23.87




O'Neill, Nebraska
Population 3,618
Median Income $47,012
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.70




Bellevue, Nebraska
Population 53,819
Median Income $62,003
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.45
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.39




Norfolk, Nebraska
Population 24,364
Median Income $46,542
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.48
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.13




Superior, Nebraska
Population 1,839
Median Income $36,418
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.63
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 22.29

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 10?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.


FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. ou can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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