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:
- Scottsbluff (Photos)
- Omaha (Photos)
- Ralston (Photos)
- North Platte (Photos)
- Lincoln (Photos)
- Hastings (Photos)
- South Sioux City (Photos)
- Grand Island (Photos)
- Beatrice (Photos)
- 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.
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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Nebraska.
Population: 14,747Rank 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.
Population: 446,163Rank 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.
Population: 6,003Rank 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
Population: 24,092Rank 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.
Population: 281,138Rank 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.
Population: 24,872Rank 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
Population: 13,308Rank 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
Population: 51,980Rank 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.
Population: 12,340Rank 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.
Population: 7,047Rank 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:
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