Is Lincoln Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On January 16, 2022
Lincoln, United States
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* Rated 80 / 100 based on 2 user reviews.

If you live or have ever visited Lincoln, Nebraska, you will find plenty of fun things to do and a historical museum that chronicles the city and local history.
Here is an overview and facts about Lincoln and all it has to offer, according to

  • Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska.

The capitol building cost $10 million and 10 years to build.

Construction originally started in 1922.

  • There is a statue on top of the capital building; the figure is called the sower.
  • The Haymarket District is a historic area in the center of the city.

It is rich with retail outlets, restaurants, pubs, and art galleries.

  • The University of Nebraska is in the heart of the city center.
  • The Sheldon Museum of Art and the University of Nebraska State Museum are also found in the center of Lincoln.
  • The University of Nebraska State Museum has an impressive paleontology collection; it is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum.

It is home to the largest mammoth and fossilized elephants.

  • Right outside the city center are the Speed Museum and Quilt Museum.
  • Lincoln station, which was once a bustling railway depot, is not the local visitors’ center.

It also houses a restaurant and is the site of many street festivals and farmers’ markets.

  • Lincoln is home to the Cornhuskers.

The stadium can hold 90,000 fanatical fans.

  • Sunken Gardens, founded in 1930, was recently renovated in 2004.

It has three gardens, the Healing Garden, with its pure white flowers.

The Perennial Garden and the Annual Garden.

  • Pioneers Park Nature Center is set on nearly 700 acres.

It has eight miles of hiking trails where visitors can see bison, white-tail deer, elk, barred owls, and even wild turkeys.

  • Young and old alike will enjoy the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, which has been open for over 55 years.

You can see armadillos, owls, snakes, and alligators.

Horse rides are also available.

Warnings & Dangers in Lincoln

Overall Risk


Those that are considering places to go in Nebraska should be very careful if their travel includes a stop in Lincoln. The crime level is one in 33, which is higher than 98% of the cities and towns in other parts of the state. According to, the city is given a rate of C, making it higher than most U.S. cities. Those that live or visit Lincoln, are at risk of crime as high as one in 18 in the west portion of the city. It is as low as one in 59 in the southeast area of the city, which is the safest.

Transport & Taxis Risk


For the most part, transportation is safe in Omaha and Lincoln, but there are not many areas in the outlying areas that are not served by public transportation, so if you plan to visit the outlying areas, you will need to have your vehicles. While very few issues have been reported about taxis or other transportation, there have been some concerns about fake taxis. If you are going to rely on public transportation, be careful and ask for an ID before entering a vehicle.

Pickpockets Risk


Just about any area can be dangerous for pickpockets if you are not careful and Lincoln is no different. Most pickpocketing occurs during events and festivals when people are distracted and may not notice their purse is open or their wallet is coming out of their pocket. It is always best to be extra careful when attending events that draw big crowds, like festivals, farmers markets, sporting and entertainment events.

Natural Disasters Risk


Everyone thinks of tornados when they think of the corn belt, but they are about the only natural or weather-related disaster found in the area. According to, Nebraska ranks #5 when it comes to tornadoes each year with an average of 57 tornadoes. They come after Texas, Kansas, Florida, and Oklahoma. In Nebraska, tornadoes don’t typically cause widespread damage, but they can be powerful. It is best to check weather reports before you travel to the area and if there is a tornado warning, it is best to take cover and follow safety directions.

Mugging Risk


Those that travel to Nebraska shouldn’t have to worry too much about being mugged in the rural areas of the state. Most of the violent crimes occur in the larger cities, and mostly at night. You will be safer if you stay in well-lit areas with a lot of people. Most muggings occur in Omaha, so you should be careful and not be out alone at night.

Terrorism Risk


The risk of terrorist acts in Nebraska is exceedingly low. Most terrorism is at the federal level and intercepted by the FBI. There is some risk of shootings, but those are done most frequently by individuals, and not formal terrorist groups.

Scams Risk


Scam risks typically occur in areas that have more tourists. Since Lincoln is not a mecca for tourism, it is rare to find a lot of scams. One thing that everyone should be mindful of, is when they purchase entertainment tickets. On occasion, scammers may sell fake tickets to sporting events and entertainment venues. Also, travelers should never get in a taxi if it doesn’t have signage or clearly state that it is a taxi or rideshare service.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling alone should always be extra careful. Using common sense like staying in groups, and staying away from dangerous areas is a given. In most cases, women should be safe in most areas of Nebraska, with most of the issues occurring in the largest cities, like Omaha and Lincoln.

Tap Water Risk


Unfiltered water probably won’t taste very good in Nebraska because it comes from deep below the soil. The state has a very good water system in most of the larger cities, so you may not even notice a difference in taste. Even if it doesn’t taste quite right, the water in the area is quite good and is not dangerous.

Safest Places to Visit in Lincoln

The safest places to visit in Nebraska are the outskirts of the largest cities and in the rural areas.

Nearly half of the state’s population is in the Omaha and Lincoln area.

This is also where most crime occurrences happen.

There are numerous great places to visit that are safe for the whole family:

  • Platte River State Park
  • Indian Cave State Park
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Homestead National Historical Park

In addition, there are several interesting museums for those looking for indoor activities.

Places to Avoid in Lincoln

Omaha and Lincoln are the two largest cities, and where most of the crime occurs.

As you can see by the numbers, Omaha is above the national average for property and violent crime.

Here are the statistics:

  • Four out of every 1,000 people will be crime victims nationally; in Nebraska, it is 3.3 per 1,000; in Omaha, it is 6.24.
  • There is more than twice the number of property crimes than in other areas across the state.
  • Most areas are safe during the day but extra care should be given to traveling around town at night.
  • Of all areas, Omaha, Grand Island, and Lincoln have the highest crime rates.

Safety Tips for Traveling to Lincoln

Whether you’re traveling to Lincoln or London, you should always be aware of your surroundings and be diligent about staying out of dangerous areas.

Here are some additional tips for safe travel no matter what your destination:

  1. Auto safety. Keep car doors locked and keep valuables out of sight to reduce the temptation for criminals to break in.
  2. Be alert at all times. Whether you are in the big city or on the farm, crimes can occur anywhere.
  3. Know where you are. When you are in a new place, it is often easy to get disoriented and end up in areas that you don’t want to be in. In large cities like Omaha and Lincoln, use your phones’ mapping software to get you to your destination and not in bad areas of town.
  4. Take weather warnings seriously. As noted, Nebraska’s real weather danger is tornadoes. If you hear of a tornado warning, take shelter. Also, parts of the state can get blanketed in snow. Those traveling in the winter should be aware of local weather and heed precautions.
  5. Let friends/family know where you are. It is always a good idea to let friends or family know when you are traveling and when you are expected to be home. This is important, as if you are late returning and there is an issue, they can reach out to you to make sure everything is OK. It is also wise to send someone a copy of your itinerary, just as an added precaution.
  6. Check your car before getting on the road. Many parts of Nebraska are very remote, and if your car breaks down or you run out of gas, it can be a long way before you get to a repair shop or gas station. Check the tires and battery before you leave. Also, make sure you have plenty of water and some food in case the unforeseen occurs.
  7. Be careful on the road. Drive safely, turn mobile devices off unless you are using the map software. Everyone should buckle up before you begin the trip. Rural areas of the state can make for a pretty dull ride. Stay alert at all times.
  8. Drink enough water. Temperatures can get pretty high in the summer, so you should always have plenty of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated if the weather is warm.
  9. Keep valuables hidden. When in crowds, keep valuables and jewelry outside. Keep your wallet in a safe place, and don’t bring all your cash with you. Use the hotel safe to keep your valuable guarded when you leave for a day or night on the town.
  10. Listen to your instincts. If your inner self feels there is danger, it probably is right. Start by not putting yourself in bad situations and staying out of dangerous areas, especially at night. Stay in groups if possible.

So... How Safe Is Lincoln Really?

Nebraska is a very safe state as long as you stay away from the big cities, especially Omaha.

There can be a criminal element anywhere, but they are more active in large cities.

Other than the big cities, Nebraska is below the national average for crime, so you should be fine as long as you don’t go into the big cities at night.

Here are some additional tips about the state:

  • Even though Lincoln is the 2nd largest city in the state and is just 50 miles from Omaha, it has a lower crime rate.
  • Nebraska is home to numerous state parks and museums to explore. They are very safe and rarely do any crimes occur in the state parks.
  • As long as you don’t go into dangerous areas at night, Omaha is mostly safe during daylight hours.
  • Most tourist areas are patrolled by police and safe to be in.
  • Be careful where you go at night and stay away from areas known to have a lot of crime.
  • Lincoln is mostly known as a college town, with a low crime rate.
  • The towns of Schuyler, Seward, LaVista, and Columbus have the lowest crime rates.

How Does Lincoln Compare?

CitySafety Index
St. Louis58
Los Angeles56
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61

Useful Information



Those traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska from out of the country will need a passport to enter the U.S., it can also be used as a form of ID.



In the U.S. we use the dollar as our standard form of currency. You should have some cash for tips and public transportation, but it is best to use a credit card.



Nebraska has temperate weather most of the year. It can get hot in summer and cold in winter. You should check out local weather, so you know what to pack when traveling to the state.



The largest two airports are found in Omaha and Lincoln, not surprisingly. Some countries have direct flights to the airports, but many smaller carriers will have to stop in Chicago or other international airports before they travel on to Nebraska.

Travel Insurance

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Lincoln Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -5° C
Feb -2° C
Mar 4° C
Apr 11° C
May 17° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 25° C
Sep 20° C
Oct 13° C
Nov 4° C
Dec -2° C
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Nebraska - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Grand Island74
La Vista74
Nebraska City79
North Platte73
South Sioux City78

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2 Reviews on Lincoln

  1. I live in Lincoln. It is incredibly safe. I have no clue how this site calculates their safety numbers, but they aren’t even close to being correct.

    Lincoln being less safe than Oakland, Baltimore, and New Orleans? That is laughable.

  2. Some days you eat the bar

    It’s not all bad, but it’s not all good either. Lived in a couple rougher towns, and Lincoln overall isn’t like that, but yes, unlike what people in Southpointe would say it has its actual problems lol. Would say it’s all around middling. Lived in SF? L.A.? Nothing you can’t handle. Some kid from Fairbury/Syracuse/Hastings/basically small town USA? Love thy neighbor, just learn the habit of locking your car (the learning curve isn’t THAT steep lol).

Lincoln Rated 4 / 5 based on 2 user reviews.

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