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:
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.
Population: 8,463Cost Of Living: 85
Distance to Closest Airport: 145 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,996
Gering ranked 1 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.
Population: 6,826Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 125 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,266
Ralston ranked 2 overall thanks to its 16 place rank for cost of living and 15 place safety rank.
Population: 8,501Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 180 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,376
Alliance ranked 3 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
Population: 7,990Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,476
Blair ranked 4 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.
Population: 14,998Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 148 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,987
Scottsbluff ranked 5 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.
Population: 5,829Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 175 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,058
Chadron ranked 6 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.
Population: 26,483Cost Of Living: 110
Distance to Closest Airport: 146 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,586
Fremont ranked 7 overall thanks to its 21 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.
Population: 435,454Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,939
Omaha ranked 8 overall thanks to its 16 place rank for cost of living and 21 place safety rank.
Population: 22,436Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 191 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,800
Columbus ranked 9 overall thanks to its 13 place rank for cost of living and 3 place safety rank.
Population: 7,055Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 150 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,472
Crete ranked 10 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 16 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:
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