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
  2. Ralston
  3. Alliance
  4. Blair
  5. Scottsbluff
  6. Chadron
  7. Fremont
  8. Omaha
  9. Columbus
  10. Crete

Why did Gering take the top spot? And where are Omaha and Lincoln? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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: 8,463
Cost 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.

2. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,826
Cost 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.

3. Alliance

Alliance, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,501
Cost 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.

4. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,990
Cost 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.

5. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,998
Cost 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.

6. Chadron

Chadron, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,829
Cost 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.

7. Fremont

Fremont, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,483
Cost 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.

8. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 435,454
Cost 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.

9. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,436
Cost 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.

10. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,055
Cost 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:

  • 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 8,463 85 145 1,996
Ralston 2 6,826 88 125 3,266
Alliance 3 8,501 82 180 2,376
Blair 4 7,990 87 127 1,476
Scottsbluff 5 14,998 82 148 3,987
Chadron 6 5,829 83 175 2,058
Fremont 7 26,483 110 146 2,586
Omaha 8 435,454 88 124 4,939
Columbus 9 22,436 86 191 1,800
Crete 10 7,055 83 150 3,472
Lexington 11 10,189 80 266 2,944
Seward 12 7,050 91 167 1,219
Sidney 13 6,801 84 125 3,043
Lincoln 14 265,811 91 147 3,762
Norfolk 15 24,364 87 196 2,651
Holdrege 16 5,506 82 259 2,379
Mccook 17 7,670 80 215 3,168
Kearney 18 31,759 91 250 2,383
Hastings 19 25,030 82 214 4,095
York 20 7,878 83 186 2,805
Beatrice 21 12,183 84 127 4,391

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