These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Nebraska For 2018

We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Nebraska for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Nebraska? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Lincoln, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Nebraska suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Cornhusker State:

  1. Bennington (Photos)
  2. Papillion (Photos)
  3. Gretna (Photos)
  4. Hickman (Photos)
  5. La Vista (Photos)
  6. Arlington (Photos)
  7. Waverly (Photos)
  8. Seward (Photos)
  9. Milford (Photos)
  10. Ceresco (Photos)

Bennington is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Nebraska.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Nebraska, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Nebraska and the best places to raise a family in Nebraska.

How do you determine which suburb is the best in Nebraska anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Nebraska, 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’s a “best city” and what isn’t.

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

How we crunched the suburb 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 U.S. Census data produced for the state of Nebraska, we looked at every town between 1,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Nebraska across a number of criteria from one to 27, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Nebraska”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Nebraska

Read on to see why Bennington is the ‘burb with the most, while Valley is probably not the best place to live in Nebraska.

1. Bennington

Bennington, Ne

Population: 1,608
Median Income: $71,058
Median Home Price: $189,500
Bennington is located 9 miles west of Omaha.

2. Papillion

Papillion, Ne

Population: 19,520
Median Income: $77,339
Median Home Price: $167,200
Papillion is located 7 miles south of Omaha.

3. Gretna

Gretna, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,047
Median Income: $66,890
Median Home Price: $170,200
Gretna is located 13 miles west of Omaha.

4. Hickman

Hickman, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,891
Median Income: $77,727
Median Home Price: $167,300
Hickman is located 13 miles south of Lincoln.

5. La Vista

La Vista, Ne

Population: 17,064
Median Income: $59,401
Median Home Price: $141,600
La Vista is located 5 miles south of Omaha.

6. Arlington

Arlington, Ne

Population: 1,322
Median Income: $69,342
Median Home Price: $147,600
Arlington is located 20 miles west of Omaha.

7. Waverly

Waverly, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,686
Median Income: $82,500
Median Home Price: $157,000
Waverly is located 10 miles east of Lincoln.

8. Seward

Seward, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,133
Median Income: $61,338
Median Home Price: $143,900
Seward is located 22 miles west of Lincoln.

9. Milford

Milford, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,389
Median Income: $46,583
Median Home Price: $148,200
Milford is located 19 miles west of Lincoln.

10. Ceresco

Ceresco, Ne

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,000
Median Income: $66,250
Median Home Price: $135,900
Ceresco is located 17 miles north of Lincoln.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Nebraska

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Nebraska according to the data:

  1. Valley
  2. Crete
  3. Fremont

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Nebraska

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Bennington 1 1,608 $71,058 $189,500
Papillion 2 19,520 $77,339 $167,200
Gretna 3 5,047 $66,890 $170,200
Hickman 4 1,891 $77,727 $167,300
La Vista 5 17,064 $59,401 $141,600
Arlington 6 1,322 $69,342 $147,600
Waverly 7 3,686 $82,500 $157,000
Seward 8 7,133 $61,338 $143,900
Milford 9 2,389 $46,583 $148,200
Ceresco 10 1,000 $66,250 $135,900
Springfield 11 1,516 $64,242 $128,600
Louisville 12 1,032 $57,500 $123,400
Blair 13 8,007 $47,980 $142,900
Yutan 14 1,069 $62,109 $122,100
Bellevue 15 52,993 $58,053 $138,400
Eagle 16 1,019 $61,136 $116,400
Wahoo 17 4,508 $52,612 $132,200
Weeping Water 18 1,147 $53,750 $130,700
Ralston 19 7,334 $53,198 $131,500
Syracuse 20 2,084 $49,844 $111,000
Ashland 21 2,455 $56,186 $123,600
Wilber 22 1,756 $49,464 $95,700
Plattsmouth 23 6,476 $47,178 $109,900
Waterloo 24 1,030 $55,938 $126,500
Fremont 25 26,450 $48,056 $116,500
Crete 26 7,089 $44,308 $105,400
Valley 27 1,852 $51,905 $135,900
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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.