What’s the cost of living in Nebraska?

1 min readLast updated May 25, 2023by Charlie Barton

When considering a move to a new state, understanding the cost of living is vital for effective budgeting and financial planning. If Nebraska is on your radar, here are some current statistics related to the cost of living in the state that could help you make up your mind.

The average cost of living in Nebraska

Nebraska is home to over 1.9 million people.

According to research, the cost of living in Nebraska is 8% lower than the national average.

While, according to data gathered in 2022 from MERIC, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the state ranks 13th in a list of states with the lowest to the highest cost of living.

Housing costs in Nebraska

As of March 2023, the average home value in Nebraska is estimated to be around $243,012, according to the Zillow Home Value Index as of March 2023.

It’s important to note that housing prices can significantly differ across various regions within the state.

Typical Home Prices in Nebraska (Zillow Data):

  1. Kearney: $277,479

  2. Omaha: $272,918

  3. Bellevue: $271,250

  4. Lincoln: $269,785

  5. Grand Island: $224,531

The monthly rental price ranges across the state for those considering renting in Michigan. For example, the average rent for an apartment in Omaha is $1,145.

Utility costs in Nebraska

Utility costs play a significant role in Nebraska's overall cost of living. According to Forbes, the average monthly cost is around $379.

Average Monthly Utility Costs in Nebraska:

  1. Phone bill: $114

  2. Energy bill: $108.09

  3. Natural gas: $68

  4. Streaming: $46.25

  5. Monthly water bill: $23

  6. Internet: $20

Grocery and food costs in Nebraska

When it comes to groceries and food costs, Nebraska generally aligns with prices found elsewhere in the United States.  

According to Zippia, those in Omaha pay over $336 on average each month. 

According to 2021 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average spending on food at home is $5,259 annually, or about $438 per month for US households.  

Transportation costs in Nebraska

Transportation costs, including gas prices and vehicle maintenance, impact Nebraska's overall cost of living.

According to MIT, a single adult with no children can expect to pay upwards of $5,300.

Gas prices in Nebraska are typically in and around the national average. At the time of writing, Nebraska was lower than the national average. These prices fluctuate over time.  

It is also worth noting that prices can vary across different regions within the state. 

Healthcare costs in Nebraska

Understanding healthcare expenses is crucial when considering the cost of living.

The specific healthcare costs in Nebraska can vary depending on factors such as insurance coverage and individual circumstances. Therefore, it is advisable to research and consult with healthcare providers and insurance companies to obtain accurate cost estimates.

Annual Health Expenditure in Nebraska Estimated by MIT:

  1. One adult, no children: $3,479

  2. One adult, one child: $10,137

  3. One adult, two children: $10,147

  4. Two adults (one working), no children: $7,749

  5. Two adults (one working), one child: $10,147

  6. Two adults (one working), two children: $10,072

  7. Two adults (two working), no children: $7,749

  8. Two adults (two working), one child: $10,147

  9. Two adults (two working), two children: $10,072

Childcare costs in Nebraska

Families in Nebraska currently pay around $8,554 per year for childcare for one child. This figure doubles for two children.  

However, it's important to note that this figure can vary across the state. 

Taxation in Nebraska

Nebraska’s state income tax rate ranges between 2.46% and 6.84%.

Taxes in Nebraska compared to neighboring states:

  1. Nebraska Income Tax Rates: 2.46% to 6.84% (based on income brackets)

  2. Colorado Income Tax Rates: 4.63% (flat-rate)

  3. Iowa Income Tax Rates: 0.33% to 8.53% (based on income brackets)

  4. Kansas Income Tax Rates: 3.1% to 5.7% (based on income brackets)

  5. Missouri Income Tax Rates: 1.5% to 5.4% (based on income brackets)

  6. South Dakota Income Tax Rates: No state income tax

  7. Wyoming Income Tax Rates: No state income tax

The sales tax rate in Nebraska is 5.5%. However, please note that there are additional local sales taxes that can vary by city and county. These local sales taxes can range from 0.5% to 2%, resulting in a combined sales tax rate that can be higher than the state rate.

The bottom line

The amount of money needed to live comfortably in Nebraska can vary depending on location, lifestyle, family size, and personal preferences. However, as the most expensive state in the US, you may need more than you first think.

It's essential to consider these factors, along with personal circumstances and preferences, when evaluating the cost of living in Nebraska. In addition, consulting with a financial advisor can provide valuable insights and assistance in managing expenses and financial planning.

Whether you’re retirement planning or considering relocating to chase a new career, Unbiased can assist you with your move's financial ins and outs. Find the right advisor for your needs today.


Charlie Barton

Charlie Barton is a writer at Unbiased. He has been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017, with extensive knowledge of platforms and products. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.