Nebraska’s
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

The great state of Nebraska is the heart of the Midwest and one of the top grain producers in the US. The word Nebraska comes from the Native American term for “flat water,” which described the Platte River that transverses the state. Famous sons and daughters include Marlon Brando, Warren Buffett, and Hilary Swank. The flat, treeless landscape of Western Nebraska was once called The Great American Desert but is now known as The Great Plains. 

Interesting facts about Nebraska: 

  • The largest mammoth skeleton ever discovered was found on a Nebraska farm in 1922
  • Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state in the country
  • The state insect is the honeybee and the state flower is the goldenrod
  • Nebraska’s Chimney Rock rock formation was the landmark mentioned most often in the journals of travelers on the Oregon Trail
  • Buffalo Bill Cody held his first rodeo in 1882 in North Platte, Nebraska

So how do residents of The Cornhusker State sleep? Do folks in Omaha catch more Zzz’s than small-town dwellers? Let’s take a look at our list of best cities for sleep in Nebraska and see who comes out on top.

30 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

31 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

21 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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Gretna, Nebraska
Gretna
Sleep Score: 84.52

Gretna, NE

Population 5,076
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 76,548
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Papillion, Nebraska
Papillion
Sleep Score: 84.51

Papillion, NE

Population 20,530
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 76,259
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Chalco, Nebraska
Chalco
Sleep Score: 84.36

Chalco, NE

Population 11,209
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 73,609
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Seward, Nebraska
Seward
Sleep Score: 84.28

Seward, NE

Population 7,220
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 60,589
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 27

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Sidney, Nebraska
Sidney
Sleep Score: 84.12

Sidney, NE

Population 6,376
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 61,667
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.86
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 29

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Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln
Sleep Score: 83.97

Lincoln, NE

Population 287,401
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 53,089
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 280
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 250
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.19
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 26

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Kearney, Nebraska
Kearney
Sleep Score: 83.85

Kearney, NE

Population 33,761
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 51,494
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 24

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La Vista, Nebraska
La Vista
Sleep Score: 83.8

La Vista, NE

Population 17,163
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 63,034
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Columbus, Nebraska
Columbus
Sleep Score: 83.74

Columbus, NE

Population 23,274
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 54,822
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Food insecurity 90
Unempolyment 29

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Bellevue, Nebraska
Bellevue
Sleep Score: 83.74

Bellevue, NE

Population 53,627
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 62,003
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Holdrege, Nebraska
Holdrege
Sleep Score: 83.66

Holdrege, NE

Population 5,405
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 48,900
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 23

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Schuyler, Nebraska
Schuyler
Sleep Score: 83.58

Schuyler, NE

Population 6,377
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 53,756
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Food insecurity 50
Unempolyment 24

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Blair, Nebraska
Blair
Sleep Score: 83.44

Blair, NE

Population 7,815
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 44,855
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 130
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.08
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 31

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Ralston, Nebraska
Ralston
Sleep Score: 83.43

Ralston, NE

Population 7,296
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 55,837
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 32

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Wayne, Nebraska
Wayne
Sleep Score: 83.39

Wayne, NE

Population 5,622
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 44,722
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 130
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.94
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 24

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Chadron, Nebraska
Chadron
Sleep Score: 83.33

Chadron, NE

Population 5,488
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 44,773
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.44
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 28

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Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha
Sleep Score: 83.32

Omaha, NE

Population 468,262
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 53,789
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 32

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York, Nebraska
York
Sleep Score: 83.28

York, NE

Population 7,866
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 52,889
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 26

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Lexington, Nebraska
Lexington
Sleep Score: 83.24

Lexington, NE

Population 10,121
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 49,881
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 170
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.52
Food insecurity 90
Unempolyment 29

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Gering, Nebraska
Gering
Sleep Score: 83.2

Gering, NE

Population 8,225
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 56,010
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.75
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 34

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Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Offutt AFB
Sleep Score: 83.15

Offutt AFB, NE

Population 5,142
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 50,942
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Grand Island, Nebraska
Grand Islan.
Sleep Score: 83.04

Grand Island, NE

Population 51,478
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 51,627
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 34

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Norfolk, Nebraska
Norfolk
Sleep Score: 82.99

Norfolk, NE

Population 24,651
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 46,542
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 26

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Alliance, Nebraska
Alliance
Sleep Score: 82.82

Alliance, NE

Population 8,070
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 54,291
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 370
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.65
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 33

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North Platte, Nebraska
North Platt.
Sleep Score: 82.68

North Platte, NE

Population 23,814
Insufficient Sleep 320
Median Income 50,422
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 30

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McCook, Nebraska
McCook
Sleep Score: 82.56

McCook, NE

Population 7,551
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 40,372
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.35
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 25

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Hastings, Nebraska
Hastings
Sleep Score: 82.51

Hastings, NE

Population 24,822
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 47,700
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 370
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.8
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 31

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Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Plattsmouth
Sleep Score: 82.49

Plattsmouth, NE

Population 6,480
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 49,211
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 380
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 32

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Fremont, Nebraska
Fremont
Sleep Score: 82.46

Fremont, NE

Population 26,509
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 50,007
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.15
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 28

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Scottsbluff
Sleep Score: 82.41

Scottsbluff, NE

Population 14,733
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 41,143
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.75
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 34

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Crete, Nebraska
Crete
Sleep Score: 82.31

Crete, NE

Population 7,082
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 44,051
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Food insecurity 90
Unempolyment 31

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Nebraska City, Nebraska
Nebraska Ci.
Sleep Score: 82.3

Nebraska City, NE

Population 7,275
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 44,243
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 380
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.22
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 34

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Beatrice, Nebraska
Beatrice
Sleep Score: 82.16

Beatrice, NE

Population 12,274
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 44,134
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 35

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South Sioux City, Nebraska
South Sioux.
Sleep Score: 82.08

South Sioux City, NE

Population 12,838
Insufficient Sleep 330
Median Income 48,859
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 380
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 170
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 90
Unempolyment 41

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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