The Murder Capitals Of Nebraska For 2020

These are the places in Nebraska where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Nebraska?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Nebraska.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Cornhusker State for 2020:

  1. Bellevue (Photos)
  2. Omaha (Photos)
  3. La Vista (Photos)
  4. Lincoln (Photos)
  5. Papillion (Photos)
  6. North Platte (Photos)
  7. Grand Island (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Nebraska? That would be Bellevue with 7.5 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Omaha with 22.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 7 cities in Nebraska where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 23 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Cornhusker State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Nebraska For 2020

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,683
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 4 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 7.5 (1st Most)
More on Bellevue:  Data | Photos

Omaha, NE

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Population: 469,351
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 22 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.7 (4th Most)
More on Omaha:  Data | Photos

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha’s population was 408,958, making it the nation’s 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,177
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 1 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.8 (2nd Most)
More on La Vista:  Data | Photos

La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 288,589
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 6 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.1 (6th Most)
More on Lincoln:  Data | Photos

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles with a population of 280,364 in 2016. It is the second-most populous city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. The statistical area is home to 348,720 people, making it the 105th-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Papillion, NE

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Population: 19,588
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 1 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.1 (3rd Most)
More on Papillion:  Data | Photos

North Platte, NE

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Population: 23,774
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 1 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.2 (5th Most)
More on North Platte:  Data | Photos

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. It is located in the southwestern part of the state, along Interstate 80, at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The population was 24,733 at the 2010 census.

Grand Island, NE

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Population: 51,768
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 1 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 1.9 (7th Most)
More on Grand Island:  Data | Photos

Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 48,520 at the 2010 census.

How we calculated the murder capitals of Nebraska

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Nebraska for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 7 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Nebraska For 2020

If you’re looking at the places in Nebraska with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Nebraska For 2020

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Bellevue, NE 4.0 7.45
2 Omaha, NE 22.0 4.69
3 La Vista, NE 1.0 5.82
4 Lincoln, NE 6.0 2.08
5 Papillion, NE 1.0 5.11
6 North Platte, NE 1.0 4.21
7 Grand Island, NE 1.0 1.93

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