You don’t have to worry about dying from boredom in Nebraska; you do, however, need to worry about making it out of The Cornhusker State’s most dangerous places to live alive.
We’re not talking about a bunch of tomfoolery, folks. The most dangerous places in Nebraska are experiencing murders in broad daylight and porch packages don’t have a chance. So, if you’re looking to move to Nebraska, or currently live in the state and need a change, check out RoadSnacks’ list of the most dangerous places in Nebraska for 2020.
How’d we determine the most dangerous places in horse country? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 30 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that there has been an uptick in violent crimes compared to the national average over the last 4 years. Nebraska hasn’t seen numbers like these since 2000; and folks, 2000 wasn’t a good year. Not to mention, cities like Omaha keep showing up on the most dangerous cities in the country lists as well as ours, time and time again.
Do we think that there’s a direct correlation between the places in Nebraska with high unemployment and low wages to those that have the highest crime? Absolutely. So, if you already live in Nebraska’s safest city, consider yourself lucky. But, if you need to know where Nebraska’s most dangerous places are located before you make a big move, check out our list below before you head out: we wouldn’t want you to get caught in any crossfire.
If you guessed that most of Nebraska’s problems are centered around many of the state’s biggest cities, you guessed right. Cheaper rent and the promise of better jobs with higher wages is usually the draw, but not always the outcome. Surprisingly, however, the state’s most dangerous city is not one of the state’s most populated.
What is the most dangerous place in Nebraska? Without further adieu, the most dangerous place in Nebraska is Omaha.
If you want to know where the rest of Nebraska’s most dangerous cities are located, take a look below. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Nebraska
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Nebraska For 2020
It’s very rare that the largest city in a state is the most dangerous. Sure, there are going to be more crimes, overall, but we take into account the number of crimes per person. And Omaha takes the cake.
Residents have a 1 in 178 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Nebraska, that’s just unacceptable.
Additionally, if you live in Omaha, you have a 1 in 28.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.
There were 22 murders in Omaha in 2018. Most of the crime is on the east and south ends of town.
The unemployment rate is low here, and the number of jobs are ticking upwards, so hopefully, the crime numbers, which have been slowly trending upwards, will begin to go down.
North Platte is no different than the rest of the cities on the list its crime problem has only been getting worse.
At least the 1 in 23.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson North Platte residents faced in 2018 is the lowest of any city on this list.
Grand Island is home to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. It’s ironic that it’s also the place where residents have the 8th highest chance of being robbed or vandalized. Residents here have a 1 in 34.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year. To put that into perspective, since the average person has 300 friends on Facebook, if everyone you were connected lived in Grand Island, 15 of them would have been a victim last year.
Grand Island is 90 minutes west of Lincoln on I-80.
With 221 property crimes reported in 2018 for a town of only 7,316, Nebraska City residents had a greater than 5% chance of being the victim of a property crime.
The good news? The number of crimes is down over 15% from the year prior.
Scottsbluff is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 33.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.
Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.
If you live in Lincoln, you know which parts of town to avoid. And, we don’t have to tell you how dangerous the north and central parts of town can be. Lincoln saw only 6 murders in 2018, but the number of violent crimes here is dropping quickly. So that’s a really positive sign that they’re cracking down on the thuggery.
On the flip side, if you live in Lincoln, you have a 1 in 34.7 chance of being robbed or having your property vandalized.
Most of the crime in Hastings is focused on the south end of town. Here, you have a 1 in 30.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen lawn mowers every year. In terms of violent crimes, residents, on average, have a 1 in 489 chance of being raped, attacked or murdered.
Crime seems to be going up here over the last few years of FBI data that’s available. The unemployment rate is really low here, but the job growth is ticking downward.
Hastings is south of Grand Island.
After a major dip in crime in 2017, things really got ugly again in Beatrice in 2018. If you live in Beatrice, you have a 1 in 41.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime. While the unemployment rate is really low here, the job pool is shrinking, according to the latest data. Hopefully, things don’t get worse.
Beatrice is south of Lincoln on Route 77.
Kearney experienced a rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
Still, the 1 in 403 chance Kearney residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2018 is still lower than other places in the state.
Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 42.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Kearney the 11th worst city in Nebraska with regards to theft and arson.
Little Crete, Nebraska has a relatively high crime rate, especially for Nebraska. Located way out on state route 33 southwest of Lincoln, the folks who live here might feel even less safe because they are so isolated out there. Odds are in a town this small, where you have a 1 in 34 chance of being a victim of a property crime, you’re pretty much aware of who the trouble makers are.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Nebraska for 2020?
Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.
For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
So what criteria did we use? Have a look:
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 30 cities in Nebraska.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 30 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Nebraska — Omaha. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Nebraska.
Locking It All Up In Nebraska
The latest FBI crime data shows that Omaha ranks as the most dangerous city in Nebraska for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Omaha and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Nebraska:
- La Vista (Pop. 17,177)
- Holdrege (Pop. 5,432)
- Seward (Pop. 7,209)
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