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Nebraska – A rolling agricultural land state in the midwest. It is the only US state to have an entirely non-partisan legislature. Settled by Europeans (in larger numbers) from the mid-19th century onwards, it quickly became one of the major agricultural producers in the nation.

Nebraska’s population at 1.9 million is located in a state with an area which makes it the 16th largest. As a result, the population density is low and Nebraska ranks 43rd in the US tables for such. Economically, the state remains heavily agriculture-based. It does have transportation and higher-tech manufacturing industries and in 2018 it had the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the union.

3.98 Average violent crime per 1,000
28.96 Average property crime per 1,000

Household average incomes at $53,000 are a little over 10% lower than the US average overall. Per capita income at $29,000 is also around 10% under the US average. Nebraska’s crimes statistics indicate a mixed picture:

  • It’s the 27th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • The violent crime rate is higher than the US average (ratio 1.15) with 3.98 crimes per 1,000 when measured against the national average of 3.47 - making it the 33rd safest state for violent crime
  • Property crime levels are significantly lower than the national average at 28.96 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.72.

The top 2 statistically safest areas in Nebraska are:

  1. Norfolk
  2. Omaha

Safest Cities in Nebraska, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Norfolk364661.47819.127
2Omaha2,90917,4376.47338.802

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Nebraska, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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