These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Nebraska


We used data and science to identify which places in Nebraska are total snoozefests.

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There’s no denying it: there are plenty of places in Nebraska that are downright beautiful and full of excitement.

Unfortunately, not all towns and cities in NE are so lucky.

Just like in all U.S. States, there are definitely some boring places within Nebraska’s borders. You know the places: the ones where everyone has an AARP card and the most exciting thing they do all day is post a picture of their grandchild on Facebook.

Like West Point, for instance. In our latest analysis, we found that this city was the most boring city in all of Nebraska. But don’t feel bad if you’re a resident of West Point. There are plenty of other boring, lackluster places in Nebraska as well.

Here they are. Try not to jump out of your seat with excitement:

  1. West Point
  2. Ord
  3. Valentine
  4. Minden
  5. Imperial
  6. Kimball
  7. Geneva
  8. Ogallala
  9. Gothenburg
  10. O’Neill

Before you get all upset if your city’s name is on the list, rest assured that we didn’t use personal opinion when it comes to what classifies a city or town as “boring” or “exciting”. We crunched actual numbers to figure out which towns are statistically more boring.

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How we determined the boring cities in the Cornhusker State

To figure out how boring a place is, we rely on a complex algorithm that factors in things we generally think make people exciting, and then we figure out which cities have the least number of those exciting people. We used the U.S. Census data to gather the information. Here are some of the things people tend to think of as making a city’s population boring:

  • % of Population Over 35 (higher is more boring)
  • % of Married Household (higher is more boring)
  • Average Age (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households With Kids (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households with People Over 65 (higher is more boring)
  • Population density (lower is more boring)

Then, our algorithm generates several lists of the cities that have plenty of residents with high rankings in all of these categories. After a crunching of the numbers, a list of all of the cities magically appears listing them from most boring to most exciting.

For this list, we used every Nebraska city that qualified for our rankings based on having a population of at least 2,000 residents. This keeps us from prejudicing our rankings by including very small pockets of retired people.

Grab your rocker and hold on.

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1. West Point

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,353
Average Age: 44.3
Married Households: 59.4%
Households With Kids: 30.2%

2. Ord

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,225
Average Age: 50.4
Married Households: 59.2%
Households With Kids: 26.4%

3. Valentine

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,751
Average Age: 50.2
Married Households: 60.9%
Households With Kids: 13.5%

4. Minden

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,804
Average Age: 44.2
Married Households: 58.4%
Households With Kids: 31.2%

5. Imperial

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,043
Average Age: 41.6
Married Households: 62.6%
Households With Kids: 28.3%

6. Kimball

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,453
Average Age: 46.8
Married Households: 56.1%
Households With Kids: 24.1%

7. Geneva

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,161
Average Age: 45.3
Married Households: 53.4%
Households With Kids: 29.3%

8. Ogallala

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 4,671
Average Age: 45.4
Married Households: 54.7%
Households With Kids: 27.9%

9. Gothenburg

Boring Nebraska

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,563
Average Age: 39.6
Married Households: 58.5%
Households With Kids: 30.0%

10. O’Neill

Boring Nebraska

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,696
Average Age: 49.6
Married Households: 58.2%
Households With Kids: 21.7%

Now That You’re Asleep

On a list like this, there are usually no winners, but since Nebraska isn’t necessarily the most boring state in the United States (barely), the cities on this list can at least take solace that there are, in fact, more boring cities in the country.

Just not these places.

Detailed List Of Boring Cities In Nebraska

City Rank Population Average Age Married Households Households With Kids
West Point 1 3,353 44.3 59.4% 30.2%
Ord 2 2,225 50.4 59.2% 26.4%
Valentine 3 2,751 50.2 60.9% 13.5%
Minden 4 2,804 44.2 58.4% 31.2%
Imperial 5 2,043 41.6 62.6% 28.3%
Kimball 6 2,453 46.8 56.1% 24.1%
Geneva 7 2,161 45.3 53.4% 29.3%
Ogallala 8 4,671 45.4 54.7% 27.9%
Gothenburg 9 3,563 39.6 58.5% 30.0%
O’Neill 10 3,696 49.6 58.2% 21.7%
David City 11 2,882 40.1 56.3% 31.7%
Aurora 12 4,452 39.3 57.0% 33.2%
Syracuse 13 2,011 42.9 52.8% 30.0%
Holdrege 14 5,503 44.6 56.4% 26.1%
Wahoo 15 4,494 38.6 58.2% 36.7%
Falls City 16 4,295 44.7 56.5% 23.9%
St. Paul 17 2,191 40.4 58.0% 27.9%
Beatrice 18 12,292 42.2 53.6% 26.2%
Sidney 19 6,770 38.6 57.4% 31.4%
Cozad 20 3,954 41.0 51.4% 35.2%
Auburn 21 3,442 42.4 52.8% 28.7%
McCook 22 7,682 40.7 56.5% 27.0%
Fairbury 23 3,937 48.7 48.8% 21.3%
Gering 24 8,482 37.5 54.3% 35.4%
Broken Bow 25 3,516 36.5 55.5% 32.6%
Nebraska City 26 7,278 38.8 51.5% 31.5%
Central City 27 2,914 41.2 52.4% 23.6%
Plattsmouth 28 6,487 40.4 51.2% 34.9%
Waverly 29 3,433 34.7 63.7% 43.9%
Ashland 30 2,402 39.7 53.9% 26.4%
Valley 31 2,018 39.0 41.4% 28.4%
York 32 7,855 38.3 51.8% 27.0%
Gretna 33 5,095 35.6 65.7% 44.3%
Blair 34 7,996 36.0 49.2% 33.6%
Papillion 35 20,193 37.4 58.6% 36.0%
Madison 36 2,939 35.3 53.2% 38.5%
Hastings 37 25,003 36.9 51.8% 29.6%
Fremont 38 26,414 36.1 55.4% 33.3%
Columbus 39 22,299 37.8 51.4% 29.2%
Alliance 40 8,501 38.2 51.8% 28.1%
Seward 41 6,998 31.9 49.3% 33.9%
North Platte 42 24,609 36.4 50.1% 30.3%
Grand Island 43 49,347 34.8 50.2% 36.3%
Bellevue 44 51,940 35.1 54.4% 36.6%
Scottsbluff 45 15,015 36.8 43.5% 28.9%
Lexington 46 10,211 28.6 51.9% 48.1%
South Sioux City 47 13,363 30.4 52.4% 47.6%
Schuyler 48 6,187 29.5 51.3% 50.1%
Norfolk 49 24,311 34.2 49.1% 31.2%
Ralston 50 6,589 37.5 45.0% 26.6%
Crete 51 7,049 30.2 42.3% 32.8%
La Vista 52 16,700 31.7 49.4% 35.2%
Milford 53 2,307 30.3 45.4% 30.3%
Omaha 54 422,499 33.9 44.4% 31.4%
Lincoln 55 262,365 31.9 46.7% 30.1%
Chadron 56 5,840 28.1 39.5% 21.9%
Kearney 57 31,397 29.4 45.4% 28.9%
Wayne 58 5,590 24.2 39.2% 20.5%

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Nebraska

  1. Praise the Lord! We made it! We have been trying to keep our little gem a secret, and evidently we have done it! This place is only boring if you EXPECT to be entertained, but if you are willing to make your own fun, enjoy the company of good friends and are involved in what your kids are doing – my home town is great!

  2. you left out the number one most boring place in the whole world let alone just Nebraska and that’s Ainsworth Nebraska

  3. Where I live is the second largest community in Adams County. Hastings, NE is the largest at about 25,000 population. Number 2 comes in at 854 population. We have one blinking light at the K-12 school (3-way Stop sign), railroad crossings, dividing the town, and US Mail pick-up at the post office on Main Street (Smith Ave.).

    Yes, I’m talking about Kenesaw, NE (68956). Lived here for 23 years. It’s where I live and call home…

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