The 10 Richest Cities In Nebraska For 2021


We analyzed 32 places in Nebraska to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Nebraska.

Gretna, Papillion, La Vista: These cities aren't just some of the best places to live in Nebraska. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Cornhusker State.

Gretna in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $83,103 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 5.5129240710823915%.

If you're thinking of moving to one of these towns, you'll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Nebraska share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 32 places in Nebraska with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in Nebraska for 2021:

  1. Gretna
  2. Papillion
  3. La Vista
  4. Seward
  5. Sidney
  6. Ralston
  7. Columbus
  8. Holdrege
  9. Schuyler
  10. Gering

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Nebraska.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Nebraska:

The 10 Richest Cities In Nebraska For 2021

1. Gretna

Gretna, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,037
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,103
Unemployment Rate: 0.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Gretna: Real Estate | Photos

2. Papillion

Papillion, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,423
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,619
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Papillion: Real Estate | Photos

3. La Vista

La Vista, NE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,078
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $68,551
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on La Vista: Real Estate | Photos

4. Seward

Seward, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,176
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $68,642
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Seward: Real Estate | Photos

5. Sidney

Sidney, NE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,572
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $55,346
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Sidney: Real Estate | Photos

6. Ralston

Ralston, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,321
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $62,816
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Ralston: Real Estate | Photos

7. Columbus

Columbus, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,195
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,110
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on Columbus: Real Estate | Photos

8. Holdrege

Holdrege, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,455
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $54,167
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Poverty Rate: 12.8%
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Photos

9. Schuyler

Schuyler, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,284
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Income: $63,625
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 15.2%
More on Schuyler: Real Estate | Photos

10. Gering

Gering, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,254
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,907
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Gering: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Nebraska For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Nebraska
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 32 places with more than 5,000 people in Nebraska, we ranked each place from 1 to 32 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Gretna, crowned the "Richest City In Nebraska For 2021". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 32 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Nebraska For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Nebraska, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Nebraska.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Nebraska, according to data:

Poorest: Scottsbluff
2nd Poorest: Crete
3rd Poorest: Alliance

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Nebraska

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Gretna 1.33 $83,103
2 Papillion 3.0 $80,619
3 La Vista 3.67 $68,551
4 Seward 3.67 $68,642
5 Sidney 8.67 $55,346
6 Ralston 9.67 $62,816
7 Columbus 9.67 $60,110
8 Holdrege 11.33 $54,167
9 Schuyler 13.33 $63,625
10 Gering 14.0 $56,907
11 Bellevue 14.0 $65,308
12 York 14.33 $57,755
13 Lincoln 14.33 $57,746
14 Kearney 15.67 $57,064
15 Omaha 16.33 $60,092
16 North Platte 17.33 $54,357
17 Mccook 17.67 $48,133
18 Hastings 17.67 $48,644
19 Grand Island 17.67 $54,965
20 Blair 18.67 $51,056
21 Plattsmouth 20.33 $50,390
22 Nebraska City 21.0 $46,857
23 South Sioux City 21.33 $54,806
24 Chadron 21.67 $47,288
25 Lexington 22.0 $52,885
26 Norfolk 22.33 $49,372
27 Fremont 23.0 $49,474
28 Beatrice 23.0 $44,991
29 Wayne 25.0 $40,339
30 Alliance 26.0 $48,805
31 Crete 29.33 $45,717
32 Scottsbluff 31.0 $44,354

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