These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Cornhusker State for 2018.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Nebraska?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Nebraska — and anyone looking to move to Nebraska — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Cornhusker State:

  1. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  2. Omaha (Photos)
  3. Ralston (Photos)
  4. North Platte (Photos)
  5. Lincoln (Photos)
  6. Hastings (Photos)
  7. South Sioux City (Photos)
  8. Grand Island (Photos)
  9. Beatrice (Photos)
  10. Crete (Photos)

Why did Scottsbluff take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or learn more about the safest places in Nebraska.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Nebraska for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 29 cities in Nebraska.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 29 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 — Scottsbluff. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Nebraska.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Nebraska.

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1. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,747
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 447
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,346
Scottsbluff is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 23.0 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.

2. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 446,163
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 567
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,767
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 176 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 26.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.

There were 29 murders in Omaha in 2016. 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.

3. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,003
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 333
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,614
Ralston’s violent crime rate resembles something more like a big city than the small town that it is.

The crime mentality of the populus gave Ralston a 7th place finish for violent crime rank and 6th for property crime.

4. North Platte

North Platte, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,092
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 340
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,582
A city in Lincoln County, North Platte has seen crime become a problem over the last decade.

Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 293 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

On the bright side, instances of property crime fell during this time period.

5. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 281,138
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 357
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,105
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 10 murders in 2016, 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 32.2 chance of being robbed or having your property vandalized.

6. Hastings

Hastings, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,872
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 245
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,815
Most of the crime in Hastings is focused on the south end of town. Here, you have a 1 in 26.2 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 407 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.

7. South Sioux City

South Sioux City, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,308
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 330
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,757
Residents of South Sioux City faced an unbelievable 1 in 302 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016. That contributed to an overall ranking of 7th most dangerous in Nebraska.

8. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,980
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 332
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,116
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 32.1 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.

9. Beatrice

Beatrice, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,340
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 421
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,730
After a major dip in crime in 2015, things really got ugly again in Beatrice in 2016. If you live in Beatrice, you have a 1 in 36.6 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.

10. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,047
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 666
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,185
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.

Locking It All Up In Nebraska

The latest FBI crime data shows that Scottsbluff ranks as the most dangerous city in Nebraska for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Scottsbluff’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Nebraska:

  1. Seward
  2. Gering
  3. Plattsmouth

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Nebraska

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Scottsbluff 1 2 14,747 447 4,346
Omaha 2 1 446,163 567 3,767
Ralston 3 21 6,003 333 3,614
North Platte 4 5 24,092 340 3,582
Lincoln 5 3 281,138 357 3,105
Hastings 6 6 24,872 245 3,815
South Sioux City 7 13,308 330 3,757
Grand Island 8 8 51,980 332 3,116
Beatrice 9 4 12,340 421 2,730
Crete 10 7,047 666 2,185
Nebraska City 11 22 7,341 122 4,004
Fremont 12 15 26,490 215 2,253
Kearney 13 12 33,471 227 2,219
Mccook 14 14 7,557 132 2,765
Norfolk 15 17 24,389 155 2,287
Holdrege 16 16 5,575 143 2,295
Sidney 17 7 6,983 243 1,918
Lexington 18 13 10,044 228 2,041
Chadron 19 9 5,761 190 2,169
Alliance 20 19 8,533 257 1,183
York 21 26 7,885 0 2,891
Papillion 22 27 19,576 148 1,884
Columbus 23 23 22,911 109 2,177
Bellevue 24 18 56,294 131 1,765
Blair 25 24 7,969 125 1,279
La Vista 26 25 16,973 123 1,449
Plattsmouth 27 20 6,454 61 1,688
Gering 28 28 8,297 36 1,470
Seward 29 29 7,204 13 791

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8 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska For 2018

  1. Your #9, Chadron, actually couldn’t be much further from Iowa… It’s on of the Northeastern most towns on the map… Maybe 30 minutes south of South Dakota and an hour east of Wyoming.

    1. Turns drink Camel urine and will murder Christians fast if they think they won’t get caught. North Platte Nebraska gave Millions of her people mad cow disease. Hybrid corn makes cows sick man. Bye

  2. Chadron, as you probably know by now, in up in the northwest corner of our fair state. Probably a momentary brain skid, but we should make sure the “outa-staters” know where each location is.

    1. I’m from WI, spent 3 years in Lincoln, and I have never been to Chadron, and even I know where the hell it is. Nice one, people.

  3. You really don’t know a lot about Nebraska. I visit Scottsbluff all of the time and a smart person knows enough to stay out of the south end. And Gering is safe, but it connects to Scottsbluff on the south. Several of these “cities” have been invaded by immigrants to work in meat plants and dog food plants and the immigrants have been followed by illegals who create havoc.. Omaha has many of the problems of Chicago and other big cities. Unfortunately Lincoln has been invaded by a variety of gangs in recent years. it used to be one of the safest places around. And yes, those who live there know the areas to avoid.

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