These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nebraska For 2019


We analyzed over 27 places in Nebraska to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Nebraska.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Nebraska is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Sidney as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 2019:

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 best places to retire in America.

For Nebraska state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Cornhusker State for 2019

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 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.

Sidney, NE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,875
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 20)
Median Rent: $627
Distance to Closest Airport: 125 miles
More on Sidney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

Blair, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,007
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 22)
Median Rent: $673
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
More on Blair: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Alliance, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,469
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $545
Distance to Closest Airport: 180 miles
More on Alliance: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Beatrice, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,358
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $632
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
More on Beatrice: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Plattsmouth, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,476
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $733
Distance to Closest Airport: 121 miles
More on Plattsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.

Holdrege, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,545
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 13)
Median Rent: $548
Distance to Closest Airport: 259 miles
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Gering, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,401
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $731
Distance to Closest Airport: 145 miles
More on Gering: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

York, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,899
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $618
Distance to Closest Airport: 186 miles
More on York: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Chadron, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,792
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $617
Distance to Closest Airport: 175 miles
More on Chadron: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Seward, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,133
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 17)
Median Rent: $711
Distance to Closest Airport: 167 miles
More on Seward: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Nebraska 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:

  1. Grand Island
  2. Lincoln
  3. Omaha

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Nebraska

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Sidney 6,875 $627
2 Blair 8,007 $673
3 Alliance 8,469 $545
4 Beatrice 12,358 $632
5 Plattsmouth 6,476 $733
6 Holdrege 5,545 $548
7 Gering 8,401 $731
8 York 7,899 $618
9 Chadron 5,792 $617
10 Seward 7,133 $711
11 Fremont 26,450 $724
12 Papillion 19,520 $829
13 Crete 7,089 $736
14 Ralston 7,334 $814
15 Norfolk 24,398 $621
16 Mccook 7,618 $550
17 Scottsbluff 14,937 $718
18 Columbus 22,668 $682
19 Bellevue 52,993 $880
20 La Vista 17,064 $906
21 Hastings 24,983 $638
22 North Platte 24,311 $649
23 Lexington 10,090 $688
24 Kearney 32,709 $722
25 Omaha 443,072 $819
26 Lincoln 273,018 $750
27 Grand Island 50,895 $695

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