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:
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:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Nebraska
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Nebraska
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Nebraska
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.
- 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 is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.
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 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 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 is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.
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 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 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 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 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:
- Grand Island
For more Nebraska reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Nebraska