The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for singles in Nebraska.

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Are you trying to find love in Nebraska?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Nebraska, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Cornhusker State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Nebraska? We've got the answers here.

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2021

  1. Wayne
  2. Lincoln
  3. Kearney
  4. Omaha
  5. Bellevue
  6. La Vista
  7. Ralston
  8. Crete
  9. Papillion
  10. Chadron

So, what was the best city for singles in Nebraska? Wayne ranks as the best place for singles in Nebraska if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in Nebraska? That would be Gering.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in Nebraska or the safest places to live in Nebraska.

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2021

Wayne, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,557
Median Age: 22.8
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 18.9%
More on Wayne: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lincoln, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 283,839
Median Age: 32.7
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Lincoln: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kearney, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 33,464
Median Age: 31.7
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Kearney: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Omaha, NE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 475,862
Median Age: 34.5
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 31.2%
More on Omaha: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bellevue, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 53,324
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 34.6%
More on Bellevue: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

La Vista, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,078
Median Age: 36.1
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 31.4%
More on La Vista: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ralston, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,321
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 30.7%
More on Ralston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crete, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,043
Median Age: 27.7
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 49.9%
More on Crete: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Papillion, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,423
Median Age: 37.6
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 33.2%
More on Papillion: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chadron, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,591
Median Age: 28.3
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 25.2%
More on Chadron: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in Nebraska anyways?

To give you the places in Nebraska which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Cornhusker State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Nebraska, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For Nebraska, that meant a total of 30 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Wayne is the talk of the town while Gering is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in Nebraska for 2021

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Nebraska ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in Nebraska according to the data:

  1. Gering
  2. Blair
  3. Holdrege

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Wayne, NE 5,557 22.8
2 Lincoln, NE 283,839 32.7
3 Kearney, NE 33,464 31.7
4 Omaha, NE 475,862 34.5
5 Bellevue, NE 53,324 33.8
6 La Vista, NE 17,078 36.1
7 Ralston, NE 7,321 36.5
8 Crete, NE 7,043 27.7
9 Papillion, NE 20,423 37.6
10 Chadron, NE 5,591 28.3
11 Hastings, NE 24,906 36.1
12 Scottsbluff, NE 14,737 35.3
13 Lexington, NE 10,097 30.8
14 Norfolk, NE 24,424 35.7
15 Schuyler, NE 6,284 30.1
16 Plattsmouth, NE 6,448 35.3
17 Grand Island, NE 51,147 34.9
18 Seward, NE 7,176 32.8
19 Sidney, NE 6,572 37.9
20 Fremont, NE 26,437 37.4
21 Columbus, NE 23,195 36.5
22 Alliance, NE 8,235 38.1
23 North Platte, NE 23,892 38.8
24 Gretna, NE 5,037 35.8
25 Mccook, NE 7,587 38.2
26 York, NE 7,841 37.8
27 Beatrice, NE 12,300 44.1
28 Holdrege, NE 5,455 40.8
29 Blair, NE 7,781 40.3
30 Gering, NE 8,254 38.1

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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