10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Cornhusker State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Nebraska and is updated for 2020.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Nebraska for 2020:

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

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.

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.

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Nebraska

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Nebraska For 2020

Omaha, NE

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Population: 469,351
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 559 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,475 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Omaha:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Omaha by HomeSnacks User

I live in Omaha and even though we do have crime here, it makes these small towns look like the safest places on earth which they are, relatively speaking.

North Platte, NE

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7
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Population: 23,774
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 408 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,231 (1st most dangerous)
More on North Platte:  Data | Photos

North Platte is home to the 2nd most dangerous population in Nebraska.

Violent crime has been decreasing of late, but the 1 in 23.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime has been fairly consistent.

Review Of North Platte by HomeSnacks User

Gosh, I live in North Platte, and it does s**k. High crime, major drug problems, very high cost of living. Homes run from $100,000 to over $1,000,000. School system produces under educated kids. Can’t figure how North Platte missed the boat.

Grand Island, NE

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Population: 51,768
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 465 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,907 (8th most dangerous)
More on Grand Island:  Data | Photos

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.

Scottsbluff, NE

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Population: 16,029
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 343 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,032 (5th most dangerous)
More on Scottsbluff:  Data | Photos

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.

Nebraska City, NE

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Population: 7,316
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 396 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,020 (7th most dangerous)
More on Nebraska City:  Data | Photos

Nebraska City, with a population of around 7,316 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.

Currently, residents have a 1 in 33.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018 and a 1 in 252 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 5th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in Nebraska.

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 288,589
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 362 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,878 (9th most dangerous)
More on Lincoln:  Data | Photos

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.

Hastings, NE

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Population: 24,963
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 204 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,324 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Hastings:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Hastings by HomeSnacks User

nothing to do in fact the whole mall is closed theres like 3 stores left in the mall one of them includes Napolis, herbergers closed, the only thing teens really have to do is illegal activites, i lived in hastings for 15 years and now im currently in a group home in norfolk, teens in hastings are in all kinds of legal trouble, and hastings high is a bad place to be to, the teens there actually attack Mr. Szlanda the principle, almost every month.

the entire mall is now a place where old farts go and walk for exercise.

Beatrice, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 12,244
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 269 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,393 (10th most dangerous)
More on Beatrice:  Data | Photos

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, NE

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Population: 34,261
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 248 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,337 (11th most dangerous)
More on Kearney:  Data | Photos

Kearney has seen a continuous drop in crime of late — just not at a quick enough rate to get it off this list.

And with residents still facing a 1 in 42.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime, there’s little cause for celebration. In fact, the latest FBI report shows that there were 85 violent crimes in a town of only 34,261 in 2018.

Crete, NE

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Population: 7,185
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 501 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,628 (21st most dangerous)
More on Crete:  Data | Photos

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.

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:

  1. Lexington (Pop. 9,996)
  2. Holdrege (Pop. 5,432)
  3. Seward (Pop. 7,209)

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Omaha 469,351 559 3,475
2 North Platte 23,774 408 4,231
3 Grand Island 51,768 465 2,907
4 Scottsbluff 16,029 343 3,032
5 Nebraska City 7,316 396 3,020
6 Lincoln 288,589 362 2,878
7 Hastings 24,963 204 3,324
8 Beatrice 12,244 269 2,393
9 Kearney 34,261 248 2,337
10 Crete 7,185 501 1,628

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10 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska For 2020

  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.

  4. Fairbury one of the most violent “cities” in the state….ha I think you need to take a refreshner course on your Nebraska facts

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