Most Americans have never been to Nebraska. However, as the people who live there know, Nebraska is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Nebraska has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Cornhusker State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 317 of Nebraska’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Nebraska where you’d never want to live:
- Blue Springs
- Guide Rock
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Nebraska has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Nebraska, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 317 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
Population: 874 Median Income: $20,500
Median Home Value: $30,800
Population: 135 Median Income: $29,444
Median Home Value: $37,500
Population: 172 Median Income: $21,875
Median Home Value: $45,500
4. Blue Springs
Population: 351 Median Income: $31,607
Median Home Value: $35,000
Population: 137 Median Income: $19,464
Median Home Value: $49,400
Population: 169 Median Income: $35,625
Median Home Value: $18,100
7. Guide Rock
Population: 203 Median Income: $35,469
Median Home Value: $21,300
Population: 313 Median Income: $29,722
Median Home Value: $20,700
Population: 257 Median Income: $43,125
Median Home Value: $60,000
Population: 725 Median Income: $28,750
Median Home Value: $30,500
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Nebraska
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Cornhusker State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Nebraska, according to science.
- Best: Roca
- 2nd Best: Malcolm
- 3rd Best: Woodland Hills
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Nebraska