The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2023

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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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 2023

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

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 Blair.

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.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska For 2023

Wayne, NE

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Population: 5,847
Median Age: 22.6
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 23.1%
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Omaha, NE

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Population: 488,059
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 30.2%
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Lincoln, NE

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Population: 289,136
Median Age: 33.0
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 29.2%
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Kearney, NE

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Population: 33,558
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 28.2%
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Ralston, NE

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Population: 6,453
Median Age: 34.9
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 26.5%
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La Vista, NE

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Population: 16,786
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 28.7%
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Bellevue, NE

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Population: 62,888
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 32.1%
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Chadron, NE

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Population: 5,376
Median Age: 27.8
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 25.4%
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Norfolk, NE

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Population: 24,964
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 28.0%
Households with kids: 26.3%
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Papillion, NE

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Population: 23,875
Median Age: 39.2
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 34.5%
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Methodology: 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 2017-2021 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 Blair is probably a bit on the boring side.

Summary: The Best Cities for Singles in Nebraska for 2023

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. Blair
  2. Holdrege
  3. York

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Nebraska

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Wayne, NE 5,847 22.6
2 Omaha, NE 488,059 35.0
3 Lincoln, NE 289,136 33.0
4 Kearney, NE 33,558 32.1
5 Ralston, NE 6,453 34.9
6 La Vista, NE 16,786 35.7
7 Bellevue, NE 62,888 35.8
8 Chadron, NE 5,376 27.8
9 Norfolk, NE 24,964 35.8
10 Papillion, NE 23,875 39.2
11 Fremont, NE 27,245 37.6
12 Seward, NE 7,651 30.6
13 Sidney, NE 6,473 38.6
14 Lexington, NE 10,325 30.6
15 Crete, NE 7,224 31.5
16 Schuyler, NE 6,526 32.2
17 Alliance, NE 8,141 38.5
18 Plattsmouth, NE 6,558 38.2
19 Scottsbluff, NE 14,511 35.0
20 Grand Island, NE 52,755 34.9
21 Gering, NE 8,521 35.9
22 Columbus, NE 23,954 37.2
23 Mccook, NE 7,425 40.7
24 Hastings, NE 25,247 35.9
25 North Platte, NE 23,543 39.4
26 Gretna, NE 5,106 36.2
27 Beatrice, NE 12,276 44.3
28 York, NE 8,091 40.8
29 Holdrege, NE 5,485 40.0
30 Blair, NE 7,725 39.2

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the best cities for singles in Nebraska.

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.

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