These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Nebraska

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Nebraska have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Nebraska places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Holdrege, the happiest place in Nebraska.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Cornhusker State”:

  1. Holdrege
  2. Imperial
  3. Waverly
  4. Aurora
  5. Gretna
  6. Chalco
  7. Papillion
  8. West Point
  9. O’Neill
  10. Geneva
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Cornhusker State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 49 places in Nebraska with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 49 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Nebraska”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Nebraska ranked. Our apologies to Sidney which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Holdrege

Holdrege - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,506People Who Own Their Home: 62.3%
Married Adults: 58.0%

2. Imperial

Imperial - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,130People Who Own Their Home: 72.6%
Married Adults: 63.8%

3. Waverly

Waverly - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,528People Who Own Their Home: 74.6%
Married Adults: 60.6%

4. Aurora

Aurora - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,461People Who Own Their Home: 64.6%
Married Adults: 57.3%

5. Gretna

Gretna - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,416People Who Own Their Home: 64.9%
Married Adults: 61.3%

6. Chalco

Chalco - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,811 People Who Own Their Home: 68.0%
Married Adults: 61.8%

7. Papillion

Papillion - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,100People Who Own Their Home: 66.3%
Married Adults: 58.2%

8. West Point

West Point - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,340People Who Own Their Home: 63.6%
Married Adults: 60.1%

9. O’Neill

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,686People Who Own Their Home: 61.9%
Married Adults: 59.6%

10. Geneva

Geneva - Happiest Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,103People Who Own Their Home: 60.7%
Married Adults: 55.1%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Nebraska

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Holdrege 1 5,506 62.3% 58.0%
Imperial 2 2,130 72.6% 63.8%
Waverly 3 3,528 74.6% 60.6%
Aurora 4 4,461 64.6% 57.3%
Gretna 5 5,416 64.9% 61.3%
Chalco 6 10,811 68.0% 61.8%
Papillion 7 21,100 66.3% 58.2%
West Point 8 3,340 63.6% 60.1%
O’Neill 9 3,686 61.9% 59.6%
Geneva 10 2,103 60.7% 55.1%
Sidney 11 6,801 56.7% 55.2%
Gothenburg 12 3,555 71.2% 53.0%
McCook 13 7,670 63.1% 57.0%
Valentine 14 2,763 63.0% 61.2%
Gering 15 8,463 66.9% 53.8%
Minden 16 3,103 59.7% 55.6%
Columbus 17 22,436 63.8% 53.1%
Ord 18 2,364 60.1% 58.4%
Broken Bow 19 3,525 59.6% 53.1%
Madison 20 2,717 62.6% 53.1%
York 21 7,878 53.0% 51.4%
Seward 22 7,050 61.8% 50.1%
Cozad 23 3,942 60.2% 53.7%
Blair 24 7,990 63.2% 52.9%
Ogallala 25 4,644 60.4% 52.4%
Beatrice 26 12,183 55.0% 52.5%
Plattsmouth 27 6,473 57.5% 51.2%
Wahoo 28 4,500 62.9% 51.5%
Hastings 29 25,030 63.9% 52.7%
Milford 30 2,351 62.1% 51.8%
Bellevue 31 52,690 63.0% 54.0%
Auburn 32 3,426 50.9% 54.1%
Fairbury 33 3,902 60.8% 51.6%
Ralston 34 6,826 61.1% 48.9%
Alliance 35 8,501 52.7% 52.0%
Kearney 36 31,759 54.5% 46.6%
Ashland 37 2,479 62.6% 52.1%
Kimball 38 2,474 53.2% 54.8%
Fremont 39 26,483 57.7% 53.8%
Norfolk 40 24,364 55.1% 49.2%
Chadron 41 5,829 48.8% 42.8%
Schuyler 42 6,195 63.0% 51.3%
Central City 43 2,897 60.3% 50.0%
Wayne 44 5,578 49.6% 40.8%
Lincoln 45 265,811 53.9% 46.3%
Lexington 46 10,189 53.4% 53.3%
Scottsbluff 47 14,998 53.7% 44.9%
Crete 48 7,055 52.3% 43.2%
Omaha 49 435,454 53.5% 44.3%