Every city and state has bad drivers. When it comes to the state of Nebraska there’s a dubious honor of being among the worst drivers in the county. When it comes to the city of Omaha there’s an even more dubious honor of being the worst driving city in the country! QuoteWizard’s 2018 best and worst driving study ranked Nebraska as the 3rd worst in the country behind only Maine and South Carolina. Omaha took the top spot as the worst driving city, in our 2018 study.

Given how the state of Nebraska and it’s most populous city ranks in national studies. We thought to look at the Nebraska in more detail to see where the ‘worst of the worst’ drivers are in the state.

To determine overall driver quality in Nebraska, we ranked the 50 largest cities in the state. We analyzed over 34,000 insurance quotes from Nebraska drivers using QuoteWizard.com and ranked cities by the highest rate of incidents. Incidents include accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.

Worst driving cities in Nebraska

Rank (worst) City
1 Minden
2 Aurora
3 Wahoo
4 Chalco
5 O'Neill
6 Papillion
7 Ralston
8 West Point
9 Nebraska City
10 David City
11 Lexington
12 Crete
13 Lincoln
14 Holdrege
15 Blair
16 La Vista
17 Omaha
18 Gothenburg
19 Broken Bow
20 Bellevue
21 Wayne
22 Valley
23 Beatrice
24 Norfolk
25 Fremont


Just south of I-80 from Kearney you’ll find Minden, home to the worst drivers in Nebraska. Typically cities that rank high on our lists of bad drivers are those with busy roads and traffic passing through. Minden, a town of nearly 3,000 people, would be quite the opposite. Given the low levels of traffic passing through on a given day, it might be the residents and their poor driving habits putting Minden a top the list. Kearney county accounted for 15.31 road fatalities per 100,000 people in 2017.


Residing just east of Grand Island, Aurora likely has a decent amount of traffic passing through town on highway 34. While not a busy interstate like I-80, traffic on highway 34 in Aurora could be enough to cause the high rate of incidents in town. However, being a town of only 4,500 people, the bad drivers of Aurora are only slightly better than their counterparts in Minden. Hamilton county has 10.86 road fatalities per 100,000 people in 2017.


Directly west of Omaha on highway 92, you pass right through the third worst driving city in Nebraska. Being fairly close to Omaha you could see a number of drivers heading west and letting loose on the gas pedal once on their way through Wahoo. Saunders county accounted for 23.75 road fatalities per 100,000 people in 2017.

Best driving cities in Nebraska

Rank (Best) City
1 Chadron
2 Auburn
3 Waverly
4 Alliance
5 McCook
6 Ogallala
7 Fairbury
8 Cozad
9 Scottsbluff
10 Falls City
11 Schuyler
12 Gering
13 South Sioux City
14 Kearney
15 Seward
16 Plattsmouth
17 Columbus
18 Offutt AFB
19 Sidney
20 York
21 Hastings
22 Grand Island
23 North Platte
24 Gretna
25 Central City


Way out in the northwest corner of the state is Chadron, home to Nebraska’s best drivers. All the space in the western part of the state allows drivers of Chadron the space to practice safe driving habits. Dawes county had 11.25 road fatalities per 100,000 people, which was right around the state average in 2017.


Straight south from Omaha headed to Kansas, is Auburn the second best drivers in the state. With a couple intersection highways in town, there's reason to see a little bit of traffic. However, the drivers in Auburn keep it safe on the road. So safe that Nemaha county had zero road fatalities in 2017!


Positioned right outside of Lincoln and on the way to Omaha, Waverly deals with a ton of traffic going through town on I-80. Husker football fans from Omaha make the trip on fall Saturdays right through town. The rowdy college football fans are no matter to the safe drivers in Waverly. As a whole, the county of Lancaster had one of the lowest fatality rates in the state with only 5.73 road fatalities per 100,000 people in 2017.


The QuoteWizard research team evaluated driver quality from the 50 largest cities in Nebraska by population. We analyzed 2018 data of over 34,000 insurance quotes from Nebraska drivers using QuoteWizard to find the rate of overall incidents in each city. Incidents include accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.

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