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The Best Places to Live in Nebraska in 2019

There are lots of spectacular sights to see in Nebraska — if you like wide-open spaces, that is. Life is also less hectic in much of the state. The cities are small and cow-tipping is popular among the local youngsters. If you’re considering a move, check out the best places to live in Nebraska.
There are lots of spectacular sights to see in Nebraska — if you like wide-open spaces, that is. Life is also less hectic in much of the state. The cities are small and cow-tipping is popular among the local youngsters. If you’re considering a move, check out the best places to live in Nebraska.

Nebraska is one of those places that hasn't yet been overrun by modern life. The cities are small, the people are friendly, and there many wide-open spaces.

Nebraska is still very connected to its past. Enjoy the many historic and cultural sights in the state where you can learn about the pioneers and the various indigenous tribes of the region.

Work with a top agent to help you find the best places to live in the Cornhusker State.

Considering a move to Nebraska? If you're looking for an inexpensive, family-friendly place, many cities in Nebraska fit the bill. Let's look at the top 5.

1. Papillon

It may surprise you to know that Nebraska hosts cities that rank among the top 100 in America. Surprising or not, Papillon with not even 20,000 residents scored this honor.

The cost of living is affordable at 92, less than the U.S. average of 100. According to Zillow data as of June 2019, the median home price is $249,900, just a little higher than the U.S. median of $227,700.

Besides low prices and affordable homes, incomes are higher than average. According to AreaVibes data the per capita income average is $34,662, and the average household income is $77,339.

Local schools have a high test score average and high graduation rate. There really isn't anything negative to say about this comfortable town.

2. York

York with less than 8,000 residents, ranks on AreaVibes as the #1 small city in Nebraska. Despite being an inexpensive area, there are tons of amenities. The median price of homes listed is a mere $170,400.

Incomes are lower with an average per capita income of $26,530, but the unemployment rate is an impressive 1%. Locals schools are great with a small student to teacher ratio.

3. La Vista

Nebraska makes the list of the top 100 cities in America once again with Papillion's neighbor, La Vista. With over 17,000 residents, La Vista is like York — only larger. The area is inexpensive and the median home value is only $183,000.

The average per capita income is slightly higher at $29,115 and the average household income jumps up to $59,401. Enjoy low crime, good schools and a ton of amenities in this city.

4. Bellevue

Looking for something larger? Check out Bellevue with nearly 53,000 residents. Though larger than the others on our list it is still inexpensive and the median home price is only $180,000. The market here is hot and prices are on the rise, making buying a home here a good investment.

There are plenty of employment opportunities here and the average income per capita is $27,155 with an average household income of $58,053.

5. Norfolk

To finish off our list, let's look at Norfolk. With only 24,000 residents, it still feels like a small town yet provides plenty of amenities. With a median home value of just $159,800, this is the most inexpensive city on our list.

There are lots of families in Norfolk, with 59% of residents having children under 18. Rent prices are low and only 61% of residents are homeowners.

The average income in Norfolk is on the low side. Per capita is only $22,879 and the average household income is only $45,401.

Finding Your Perfect Home

With so many places to live, how do you choose the right one? Take some time to visit the area to which you are considering moving.

Don't forget to chat with the locals as that is the best way to get a feel for the area. Make sure that one of those locals is an area expert — like a real estate agent. They can give you insight that will be invaluable for making your decision.

Finding the right agent is easy. Contact us here at Clever Real Estate and we'll help. We've already found top-notch real estate agents all over the country and are ready to match you with one in your area.

The icing on the cake is that Clever Partner Agents offer an exciting $1,000 Home Buyer Rebate to Clever clients at closing on transactions over $150,000.

Contact us today to learn more!

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Kristen Klempert

Kristen Klempert is a Marketing Analyst at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects home buyers and sellers with top agents to save money on commission. Kristen creates and edits content with the goal of empowering home buyers and sellers to make educated decisions about real estate while saving money. She’s a native Floridian and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

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