These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nebraska


We analyzed over 21 places in Nebraska to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Nebraska.

But where exactly in Nebraska? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Nebraska that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Gering don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Cornhusker State to retire:

  1. Gering (Photos)
  2. Ralston (Photos)
  3. Blair (Photos)
  4. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  5. Alliance (Photos)
  6. Chadron (Photos)
  7. Fremont (Photos)
  8. Omaha (Photos)
  9. Columbus (Photos)
  10. Crete (Photos)

Why did Gering take the top spot? And where are Omaha and Lincoln?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Nebraska.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Cornhusker State

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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 21 places from across the state.

For these 21, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 21, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Gering, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Gering

Gering, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,401
Cost Of Living: 85
Distance to Closest Airport: 145 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,011
Gering ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 12th place rank for cost of living and it’s 4th place safety rank.

2. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,334
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 125 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,040
Ralston ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 16th place rank for cost of living and it’s 14th place safety rank.

3. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,007
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,473
Blair ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 14th place rank for cost of living and it’s 2nd place safety rank.

4. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,937
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 148 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,003
Scottsbluff ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 18th place safety rank.

5. Alliance

Alliance, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,469
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 180 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,385
Alliance ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 8th place safety rank.

6. Chadron

Chadron, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,792
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 175 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,071
Chadron ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 5th place safety rank.

7. Fremont

Fremont, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,450
Cost Of Living: 110
Distance to Closest Airport: 146 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,589
Fremont ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 21st place rank for cost of living and it’s 9th place safety rank.

8. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 443,072
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,854
Omaha ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 16th place rank for cost of living and it’s 21st place safety rank.

9. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,668
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 191 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,782
Columbus ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 13th place rank for cost of living and it’s 3rd place safety rank.

10. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,089
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 150 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,456
Crete ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 16th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Nebraska goes to Gering.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Beatrice
  • York
  • Hastings

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Nebraska

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Gering 1 8,401 85 145 2,011
Ralston 2 7,334 88 125 3,040
Blair 3 8,007 87 127 1,473
Scottsbluff 4 14,937 82 148 4,003
Alliance 5 8,469 82 180 2,385
Chadron 6 5,792 83 175 2,071
Fremont 7 26,450 110 146 2,589
Omaha 8 443,072 88 124 4,854
Columbus 9 22,668 86 191 1,782
Crete 10 7,089 83 150 3,456
Lexington 11 10,090 80 266 2,973
Seward 12 7,133 91 167 1,205
Sidney 13 6,875 84 125 3,010
Lincoln 14 273,018 91 147 3,662
Kearney 15 32,709 91 250 2,314
Holdrege 16 5,545 82 259 2,362
Norfolk 17 24,398 87 196 2,647
Mccook 18 7,618 80 215 3,189
Hastings 19 24,983 82 214 4,102
York 20 7,899 83 186 2,797
Beatrice 21 12,358 84 127 4,329

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