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If you've just punched your last time card and are looking to retire somewhere in the Cornhusker State, read on. We've done the research to determine which places in Nebraska have the most going on for retirees.
Nebraska may not immediately come to mind when you're thinking of places to retire, but it turns out the place that raised Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Henry Fonda is also a pretty great place to live for some of their contemporaneous fans. And if you're into archaeology, Nebraska's a great place to check out some ice-age goodies, including the largest mammoth fossil ever found. Or if your favorite college sports teams are letting you down of late, you can switch allegiance and become a Cornhuskers fan. Maybe you just really love rocky mountain oysters and cheese frenchees and want to live in the state that does them best. Whatever your motivation, there's plenty of super spots to choose from for retired folks.
Just where are these great places for retirees? 40% of them are out in the Nebraska Panhandle (Sidney, Alliance, Gering, and Chadron), with (Sidney actually being closer to Denver than any big Nebraska cities. If you'd rather be close to the action, Blair is the best Omaha suburb for retirees, while Beatrice takes the a ten finish for Lincoln suburbs.
Whether you're looking for a change of pace and scenery by retiring in Nebraska, or are already a local looking for greener pastures, read on to learn which places are the best of the best for retirees.
You can't really go wrong if you end up retiring in any of these Nebraska cities. Incidentally, a good number of the cities on this list were also among the best places to live in Nebraska, so you know that they're all-around good places for folks of all stages of life.
If you're wondering how we determined which cities are the best for retirees, wonder no more. We started by narrowing down our search of cities with at least 5,000 people, leaving us with 28 Nebraska cities to rank. Using data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights, we ranked each of the 28 cities by cost of living, crime rates, median age, good weather, things to do, and nearby airports (for family visits). Those with the overall best rankings for these metrics made it onto this list.
But what city is #1 for retired people in Nebraska? According to the data, Holdrege is the best place to retire in Nebraska for 2020.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nebraska For 2020
Holdrege is a city in Phelps County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,495 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Phelps County. The Nebraska Prairie Museum is located in Holdrege.
Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census. Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Beatrice is a city in and the county seat of Gage County, Nebraska. Its population was 12,459 at the 2010 census. It is located 40 miles south of Lincoln on the Big Blue River. It is surrounded by agricultural country.
Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Its population was 8,491 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Box Butte County.
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 8,500 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Scotts Bluff County.
Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawes County, and the location of Chadron State College.
York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,766. It is the home of York College and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.
Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.
Seward is a city and county seat of Seward County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,964 at the 2010 census. Seward is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is known for its large Fourth of July celebration.
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Cornhusker State for 2020
To create our list of the best places in Nebraska to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Cornhusker State -- 573 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 5,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 28 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 28, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Holdrege, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Nebraska Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Nebraska goes to Holdrege.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Grand Island
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