These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nebraska For 2018


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 Sidney don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Cornhusker State to retire for 2018:

  1. Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Blair (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Alliance (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Beatrice (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Plattsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Holdrege (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Gering (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Chadron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Why did Sidney 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 27 places from across the state.

For these 27, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • 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 27, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Sidney, 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. Sidney

Sidney, Nebraska

Population: 6,875
Median Rent: $627
Distance to Closest Airport: 125 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,196
More on Sidney: Homes For Sale | Data
The city was named for Sidney Dillon, president of the Union Pacific Railroad. It was founded in 1867 by the Union Pacific and grew up around the military base of Fort Sidney (also known as Sidney Barracks), where soldiers were stationed to guard the transcontinental railroad from potential Indian attacks.

2. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 8,007
Median Rent: $673
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,398
More on Blair: Homes For Sale | Data
Blair was platted in 1869 when the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. It was named for railroad magnate John Insley Blair, who was credited with bringing the railroad to town. Within its first year, Blair was designated county seat. Blair was incorporated as a city in 1872.

3. Alliance

Alliance, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 8,469
Median Rent: $545
Distance to Closest Airport: 180 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,452
More on Alliance: Homes For Sale | Data
The town was originally named Grand Lake. When the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad came to Grand Lake in 1888, the railroad superintendent, G.W. Holdrege, wanted to change it to a simple one-word name closer to the beginning of the alphabet, which he thought would be better for business. The U.S. Post Office gave Holdrege permission, and he picked ‘Alliance’ for the new name of the town. Alliance was incorporated as a city in 1891.

4. Beatrice

Beatrice, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 12,358
Median Rent: $632
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,147
More on Beatrice: Homes For Sale | Data
Gage County was one of the 19 counties originally established by the Nebraska Territorial Legislature in 1854. At the time of its establishment, there were no settlers living within it.

5. Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 6,476
Median Rent: $733
Distance to Closest Airport: 121 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,744
More on Plattsmouth: Homes For Sale | Data
The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed the mouth of the Platte River, just north of what is now Main Street Plattsmouth, on July 21, 1804.

6. Holdrege

Holdrege, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 5,545
Median Rent: $548
Distance to Closest Airport: 259 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,452
More on Holdrege: Homes For Sale | Data
Holdrege was established in 1883 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named for George W. Holdrege, a railroad official. Holdrege was designated county seat in 1884.

7. Gering

Gering, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 8,401
Median Rent: $731
Distance to Closest Airport: 145 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,487
More on Gering: Homes For Sale | Data
Gering was founded in 1887 at the base of the bluff that is now the center of Scotts Bluff National Monument. It was named for Martin Gering, a pioneer merchant. The city of Scottsbluff was founded across the North Platte River from the bluff in 1900. Separated only by the river, the two cities have since grown together and now form the 7th largest urban area in Nebraska.

8. York

York, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 7,899
Median Rent: $618
Distance to Closest Airport: 186 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,886
More on York: Homes For Sale | Data
York was platted in 1869. The city took its name from York County.

9. Chadron

Chadron, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 5,792
Median Rent: $617
Distance to Closest Airport: 175 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,348
More on Chadron: Homes For Sale | Data
Succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples lived in the area for thousands of years. In historic times, tribes such as the Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Cheyenne and others lived in the area. The Sioux used this territory as a hunting ground after pushing other tribes to the west.

10. Seward

Seward, Nebraska

Source: Public domain’

Population: 7,133
Median Rent: $711
Distance to Closest Airport: 167 miles
Crime Per 100k: 813
More on Seward: Homes For Sale | Data
Seward was platted in 1868. It was named from Seward County. The railroad was built through Seward in 1873.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

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

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

  • Grand Island
  • Lincoln
  • Omaha

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Nebraska

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Sidney 1 6,875 $627 125 2,196
Blair 2 8,007 $673 127 1,398
Alliance 3 8,469 $545 180 1,452
Beatrice 4 12,358 $632 127 3,147
Plattsmouth 5 6,476 $733 121 1,744
Holdrege 6 5,545 $548 259 2,452
Gering 7 8,401 $731 145 1,487
York 8 7,899 $618 186 2,886
Chadron 9 5,792 $617 175 2,348
Seward 10 7,133 $711 167 813
Fremont 11 26,450 $724 146 2,472
Papillion 12 19,520 $829 126 2,038
Crete 13 7,089 $736 150 2,835
Ralston 14 7,334 $814 125 3,231
Norfolk 15 24,398 $621 196 2,442
Mccook 16 7,618 $550 215 2,874
Scottsbluff 17 14,937 $718 148 4,733
Columbus 18 22,668 $682 191 2,311
Bellevue 19 52,993 $880 120 2,015
La Vista 20 17,064 $906 125 1,564
Hastings 21 24,983 $638 214 4,042
North Platte 22 24,311 $649 223 3,887
Lexington 23 10,090 $688 266 2,259
Kearney 24 32,709 $722 250 2,503
Omaha 25 443,072 $819 124 4,364
Lincoln 26 273,018 $750 147 3,566
Grand Island 27 50,895 $695 222 3,522

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