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Best Cities 2010: Lincoln, NE

City: Lincoln

State: Nebraska

Best Cities Overall Rank: 12

About Lincoln: Lincoln's Elephant Hall has the largest collection of elephant skeletons in the world. The biggest mammoth fossils were discovered here!

With 19 NAEYC- Accredited preschools, Lincoln is 87 on our preschool rank.

County: Lancaster

Population: 251,624

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln blogs:

Journal Star

625 Elm Street

Lincoln's Facebook page: Follow Lincoln on Facebook

 

Education rank: 17

High School graduation rate 2008: 77.9%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 19

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 7.55

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.69

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,948

 

Health rank: 61

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 35

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,282

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 509.49

Sex Offenders: 547

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 217.39

 

Economy rank: 17

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 17.39      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 5         

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 969.72

Median Home Sale Price: $139,100                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 0.64%                        

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 14.83%      

 

Recreation Rank:  20

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5,945         

Parkland per 100,000: 2,362.65

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