Safest Cities


With a population just under two million, Nebraska sits in almost the exact middle of the country. It has a few big cities, from Omaha to Bellevue, from Fremont to its capital, Lincoln. Nebraska’s main industries are agriculture (corn, wheat, cattle and pigs, to be specific), food processing, meatpacking, insurance, and more. Its name, which means flat water, comes from the Oto Native American name of the Platte River. Along with the Platte River, the state also has the Missouri River, the republican River, Harlan County Lake, and other amazing bodies of water. Now let’s talk fun facts. Did you know that Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Nebraska? Freemont, Nebraska produces Spam (the food, not those emails cluttering up your inbox). Finally, Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1872. Kool-Aid, Spam and Arbor Day? Count me in.

Whether you’re moving to Nebraska or just visiting, here are a few things you can’t miss:

  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium: This exhibit features a huge desert dome plus the world’s largest indoor rainforest!
  • Carhenge: You know Stonehenge? Yea, this is the American version, which features wrecked cars instead of stones. And yes, it is considered to be art!
  • The Durham Museum: Learn about the history of Omaha in this art deco train station, originally built in 1931.

The safest city in Nebraska is Norfolk, a city in Madison County 113 miles northwest of Omaha. With a population of over 24,000 people, Norfolk only saw 1.48 violent crimes and 19.13 property crimes per 1,000 people. Both measurements have gone down from the previous year, which I consider a definite good sign.


This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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To learn more about how we selected the safest cities in Nebraska, see our full methodology at the bottom of the page. Let’s go Nebraska!

Norfolk, Nebraska
Safety Score: 77.86

Norfolk, NE

Population 24,364
Median Income 46,542
Households 10,123
Violent Crime 1.48
Violent Crime -0.08
Property Crimes 19.13
Property Crime -3.75

McCook, Nebraska
Safety Score: 75.01

McCook, NE

Population 7,498
Median Income 40,372
Households 3,294
Violent Crime 1.07
Violent Crime -0.25
Property Crimes 23.87
Property Crime -3.79

Crete, Nebraska
Safety Score: 74.48

Crete, NE

Population 7,071
Median Income 44,051
Households 2,284
Violent Crime 6.51
Violent Crime -0.16
Property Crimes 17.82
Property Crime -4.03

York, Nebraska
Safety Score: 72.04

York, NE

Population 7,876
Median Income 52,889
Households 3,291
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 29.71
Property Crime 0.79

Omaha, Nebraska
Safety Score: 60.28

Omaha, NE

Population 449,388
Median Income 53,789
Households 182,257
Violent Crime 6.47
Violent Crime +0.8
Property Crimes 38.8
Property Crime 1.13


How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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