County Rankings
Nebraska
County
Overall Prosperity
Inclusive Societies
Safety and Security
Personal Freedom
Social Capital
Open Economies
Business Environment
Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Empowered People
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
Wayne128274441081460235313
Pierce230294544223401021161461
Cuming32624455141023201846203811
Burt44346417634642457671429
Seward544474403630442435110326
Butler63942413295233381117473714
Sarpy771718674325319111462
Cedar8323442130254313247772320
York951524531892822255658758
Phelps10676841513132491413522433
Rock11914124938742263276959
Washington12545586461714184129622890
Saunders135858864733362785615261217
Chase143835452241235474860325631
Logan1521131506353105263791069
Cheyenne1672724721945175271156208
Perkins1729364438195028431667767
Stanton18605746521592662720113178
Keya Paha1972143615379433695580
Buffalo2076804572015215648171130
Madison2174754811161567132453454
Greeley22131429464157175784493343
Arthur23161436608947373154222854
Antelope24505349282438343265611732
Boone25141432636946514231404666
Garden2681410568437825586411941
Lancaster279192907722115954113248
Sioux28221480449334336669547538
Blaine29151434688661123961152572
Kearney30576042431749743729453668
Gosper3145484493745844474517860
Howard32181448627541705138854135
Frontier33171442784877832343242934
Webster343132430597651253436466121
Morrill3564634608275717552808237
Dawes366967463435840618733555
Red Willow37757745925183249123962217
Franklin383730468524662304958484344
Nuckolls3934394751337176148258625
McPherson4011114656267237975556786
Grant414142939292351550122723
Loup42514590858831224195747
Thomas433141868885263630186050
Cass446565862845543688192393075
Nemaha45626445135681381407969471
Box Butte467978478728480592567886
Boyd4711142384398777307508113
Fillmore482123416706663275328862274
Dundy49252848584273216723688545
Sherman503633462485648506942348455
Hooker5120224359190893616815927
Garfield522325437887990162014236416
Nance53101418747860546849756656
Keith54848348492112455633667439
Richardson555249483395039726347837328
Polk563331441857072732166431612
Douglas57939391851110892812382677
Johnson582420479796465624664573249
Valley594851450667349533522294864
Thayer60353741967178685868823446
Knox612726445802991295071316819
Wheeler62424343973807634440284762
Dixon63555446464605279388385310
Colfax64464447634474558855449083
Harlan656146897282576280377029
Platte668079475221625466567214976
Holt675659426541181195434308040
Banner68121427779164438188884053
Brown694145411838175554153515224
Hamilton706870433693166841710141581
Dakota718986489338638074598922
Lincoln72828516612352938244873592
Merrick734950461554355647627895879
Clay744038443756559657182605452
Custer757069467402356117287634442
Scotts Bluff7692919291526190745916573
Dodge778584488273220877026775982
Cherry78737347182579314932361318
Deuel791919420877778688478428370
Kimball804740490418219769219929185
Adams81888747316207867772733989
Otoe827882422234422588718647693
Hall8390904921571669739848751
Hayes846666438768768396070335163
Saline857776470573754787857726387
Dawson868381487264930489137709291
Sheridan87636246972838018691817915
Pawnee886156486716770188993657165
Gage898688456424042668359746288
Jefferson9081749382535169159090767284
Furnas915961425927184758589905036
Thurston92534149347552992939293931
Hitchcock938789458816183326485781857
Column Definitions
Safety and Security

The Safety & Security pillar measures the degree to which mass killings and injuries, violent crime, and property crime destabilize the security of individuals, both immediately and through longer lasting effects.

Personal Freedom

The Personal Freedom pillar measures progress towards basic legal rights, individual liberties, and social tolerance.

Governance

The Governance pillar measures the extent to which there are checks and restraints on power and whether government operates effectively and without corruption.

Social Capital

The Social Capital pillar measures the strength of personal and social relationships, institutional trust, social networks, and civic participation.

Business Environment

The Business Environment pillar measures the entrepreneurial environment, business infrastructure, access to credit, labor market flexibility, and price distortions for goods and services.

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure pillar measures the quality of the infrastructure that facilities trade – from telecommunications and transport to the availability and reliability of resources.

Economic Quality

The Economic Quality pillar measures how well the economy is equipped to generate wealth sustainably and with the full engagement of its workforce.

Living Conditions

The Living Conditions pillar measures the degree to which a reasonable quality of life is experienced by all, including material resources, shelter, basic services, and connectivity.

Health

The Health pillar measures the health of the population, their illness and risk factors, and access to the services to maintain good health, including health systems, as well as health outcomes including mortality rates.

Education

The Education pillar measures the access to, and quality of, the four stages of education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, and tertiary), as well as the education level of the adult population.

Natural Environment

The Natural Environment pillar measures the aspects of the physical environment that have an immediate impact on people in their daily lives and also those that impact the prosperity of future generations.

How to use this table

The rankings tables show how 50 states and Washington D.C. plus 1,196 counties in 12 selected states compare across the different domains, pillars, elements, and indicators of the American Dream Prosperity Index. (Please note, element and indicator rankings are only displayed for the state level Index but are available for counties in the county profile datasheets available to download.)

We endeavor to create an Index that is methodologically sound, so have consulted a working group of academics and experts with knowledge spanning all of the metrics in the Index to determine the best way to measure prosperity across the U.S.

Our methodology is based on the concept of three domains, capturing institutional, economic, and social wellbeing, that are equally essential to prosperity. These domains are measured through 11 pillars, built upon 48 actionable policy areas (elements), and underpinned by over 200 indicators. For details of how each pillar, element, and indicator is currently weighted in the Index, you can download a copy of our full methodology report in the Downloads section of the site, along with the full 2021 dataset.

However, we know that different people may have different views on how important each metric is to a state or county's prosperity. So, we have created a Weightings tool that allows you to assign different weights - that is, different levels of importance - to the pillars, elements, and indicators.

If you click on the 'Adjust Weightings' button, you can choose to assign each metric in the current ranking table a value from x0 to x2 of the default ADPI weighting. The tool will then re-calculate the rankings based on your preferences. [Please note that the weighting function is intended to provide only an indicative understanding of how changing the weights can affect the rankings. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.]

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Weighting

This tool allows you to up- or down-weight individual metrics depending on what is important to you. Once you have made your selection, click the X in the top right corner or back onto the main page, and the table will update to provide an indication of the impact that change would have on a state or county's rank. The default ADPI setting weights all metrics as per our Index methodology (available to read in full in the Downloads section). Please note the resultant rankings are indicative only. For more details, please click on the 'How to use this table' button.

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The Governance pillar is not included in the table above as there is no county variation in Governance, all counties have been given the state score value.

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