The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Cornhusker State for 2019.

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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 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Nebraska for 2019:

  1. Omaha (Photos)
  2. Fairbury (Photos)
  3. Crete (Photos)
  4. Norfolk (Photos)
  5. McCook (Photos)
  6. Bellevue (Photos)
  7. Cozad
  8. Valley (Photos)
  9. York (Photos)
  10. O’Neill (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Nebraska? After analyzing 12 cities in Nebraska, Omaha takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Nebraska based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Nebraska

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Nebraska For 2019

Omaha, NE

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Population: 449,388
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 647 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,880 (1st 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 154 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 25.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.

There were 31 murders in Omaha in 2017. 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.

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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.

Fairbury, NE

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Population: 3,680
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 380 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,907 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Fairbury:  Data | Photos

Fairbury is the 3rd most violent city, with residents facing a 1 in 262 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Progress has been made in recent years, however, reflected by a 12% drop in violent crime, and an 11% drop in property crime between 2015-17.

Crete, NE

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Population: 7,071
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 650 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,781 (8th 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.

Norfolk, NE

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Population: 24,364
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 147 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,912 (6th most dangerous)
More on Norfolk:  Data | Photos

Norfolk might be one of the smallest city to make this list, but it proves that small towns can be every bit as dangerous as big cities.

Norfolk has seen their property crime statistics drop by over 10% from 2015-17.

Still, for every year you’re within Norfolk city limits, you face a greater than 1 in 52.3 chance of being robbed.

Mccook, NE

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Population: 7,498
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 106 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,387 (4th most dangerous)
More on McCook:  Data | Photos

McCook’s violent crime rate resembles something more like a big city than the small town that it is.

The crime mentality of the populous gave McCook a 8th place finish for violent crime rank and 4th for property crime.

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,819
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 144 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,839 (7th most dangerous)
More on Bellevue:  Data | Photos

Bellevue takes the 6th spot in our analysis of the most dangerous cities in Nebraska.

The rough and tumble nature of the town leaks into the crime stats.

The city ranks 6th for violent crime and 7th for property crime.

Cozad, NE

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Population: 3,775
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 503 (10th most dangerous)
More on Cozad:  Data

Cozad is the smallest city to make this list, but don’t let that fool you — the city is also one of the most violent in the state.

Cozad residents had a 1 in 539 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

The only reason Cozad is so low on this list is because it has the lowest frequency of property crime (about 1 per 19 residents in 2017) of any city on this list.

Valley, NE

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Population: 2,225
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,022 (5th most dangerous)
More on Valley:  Data | Photos

Valley saw four violent crimes in 2013, which may seem low, but for a place of less than 2,000 people, you can bet that lots of people knew who dunnit and why. Additionally, it sounds like there are a lot of homes broken into here, since there were 186 reports of a crime, according to the latest data.

For such a small place, that’s really alarming.

York, NE

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Population: 7,876
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,971 (2nd most dangerous)
More on York:  Data | Photos

If you live in York, you already know which parts of town to avoid. But did you know you have a 1 in Over 300 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.

Plus, 1 in 33.7 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in York for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.

If you pass through York, lock your doors. And don’t talk to strangers.

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Population: 3,618
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 138 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 469 (11th most dangerous)
More on O’Neill:  Data | Photos

O’Neill ranks in the top 10th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.

Residents of O’Neill faced a 1 in 723 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2015-17.

Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Nebraska for 2019?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 2,000 in population. That left us with 12 cities in Nebraska.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 12 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 2019.

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. O’Neill (Pop. 3,618)
  2. Milford (Pop. 2,115)
  3. Madison (Pop. 2,358)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Omaha 449,388 647 3,880
2 Fairbury 3,680 380 2,907
3 Crete 7,071 650 1,781
4 Norfolk 24,364 147 1,912
5 McCook 7,498 106 2,387
6 Bellevue 53,819 144 1,839
7 Cozad 3,775 185 503
8 Valley 2,225 89 2,022
9 York 7,876 0 2,971
10 O’Neill 3,618 138 469

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10 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nebraska For 2019

  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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