The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nebraska For 2022


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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in Nebraska.

If you've just punched your last time card and are looking to retire somewhere in the Cornhusker State, read on. We've done the research to determine which places in Nebraska have the most going on for retirees.

Nebraska may not immediately come to mind when you're thinking of places to retire, but it turns out the place that raised Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Henry Fonda is also a pretty great place to live for some of their contemporaneous fans. And if you're into archaeology, Nebraska's a great place to check out some ice-age goodies, including the largest mammoth fossil ever found. Or if your favorite college sports teams are letting you down of late, you can switch allegiance and become a Cornhuskers fan. Maybe you just really love rocky mountain oysters and cheese frenchees and want to live in the state that does them best. Whatever your motivation, there's plenty of super spots to choose from for retired folks.

Just where are these great places for retirees? 40% of them are out in the Nebraska Panhandle (Sidney, Alliance, Gering, and Chadron), with (Sidney actually being closer to Denver than any big Nebraska cities. If you'd rather be close to the action, Blair is the best Omaha suburb for retirees, while Beatrice takes the a ten finish for Lincoln suburbs.

Whether you're looking for a change of pace and scenery by retiring in Nebraska, or are already a local looking for greener pastures, read on to learn which places are the best of the best for retirees.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nebraska For 2022

  1. Minden
  2. West Point
  3. Cozad
  4. Beatrice
  5. Broken Bow
  6. Aurora
  7. Ogallala
  8. Holdrege
  9. Blair
  10. O'Neill

Why did Minden take the top spot? And where are Omaha and Grand Island?

You can't really go wrong if you end up retiring in any of these Nebraska cities. Incidentally, a good number of the cities on this list were also among the best places to live in Nebraska, so you know that they're all-around good places for folks of all stages of life.

If you're wondering how we determined which cities are the best for retirees, wonder no more. We started by narrowing down our search of cities with at least 2,000 people, leaving us with 29 Nebraska cities to rank. Using data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights, we ranked each of the 29 cities by cost of living, crime rates, median age, good weather, things to do, and nearby airports (for family visits). Those with the overall best rankings for these metrics made it onto this list.

But what city is #1 for retired people in Nebraska? According to the data, Minden is the best place to retire in Nebraska for 2022.

For more Nebraska state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Nebraska For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,906
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $639
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
More on Minden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minden, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,282
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $669
Distance to Closest Airport: 158 miles
More on West Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Point, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,776
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $682
Distance to Closest Airport: 256 miles
More on Cozad: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cozad, NE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,282
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $621
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
More on Beatrice: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beatrice, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,503
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $664
Distance to Closest Airport: 284 miles
More on Broken Bow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Broken Bow, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,523
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $740
Distance to Closest Airport: 204 miles
More on Aurora: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aurora, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,509
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $670
Distance to Closest Airport: 178 miles
More on Ogallala: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ogallala, NE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,406
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Rent: $654
Distance to Closest Airport: 259 miles
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holdrege, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,830
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Median Rent: $777
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
More on Blair: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Blair, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,594
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $730
Distance to Closest Airport: 263 miles
More on O'neill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

O'Neill, NE

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Cornhusker State for 2022

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 2,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 29 places from across the state.

For these 29, 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 29, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Minden, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Nebraska Yet...

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

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

  1. Lexington
  2. Grand Island
  3. Kearney

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Nebraska?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Minden 2,906 $639
2 West Point 3,282 $669
3 Cozad 3,776 $682
4 Beatrice 12,282 $621
5 Broken Bow 3,503 $664
6 Aurora 4,523 $740
7 Ogallala 4,509 $670
8 Holdrege 5,406 $654
9 Blair 7,830 $777
10 O'neill 3,594 $730

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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