Where to Retire in Nebraska

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Why do so many people choose to retire in the Cornhusker State? Not only does Nebraska have a low cost of living, but also residents enjoy a taste of all four seasons, quality health care, low crime rates, and a welcoming culture. In 2019, Nebraska was even named the best overall state for retirement by Bankrate! So if you’re looking for a state with a slower pace of life, where you can relax and enjoy your retirement, Nebraska may be the ideal place. Wondering where to retire in Nebraska? Below we explore four excellent options.

Where to Retire in Nebraska


Established as a result of the railroad’s westward expansion after the Civil War, Kearney (pronounced Car-knee) is perhaps best known for the half-million sandhill cranes that migrate through the city from late February through April along the Platte River Valley. But don’t worry – Kearney is far more than a landmark for beautiful birds. It also offers beautiful parks, a variety of trails (including a water trail for kayaking and canoeing!), a lovely library with a full program of adult events, unique shopping options downtown at “The Bricks,” and an assortment of restaurants. Check out the Viaero Center for concerts and events and don’t forget to cheer on Tri-City Storm, a USHL hockey team (post-COVID, of course). This city is full of excitement if you know where to look, but it’s also a great place to settle down and relax in your sunset years.


As you’re driving into McCook, you’re sure to be charmed by the lovely pastures and prairie lakes. But if you’re looking for a little culture and excitement, head to McCook’s Heritage Square, a unique historic area spread over 10 blocks. There, you can take in over a century of local history. Architecture enthusiasts must stop by Sutton House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in his distinctive Prairie Style. Though it’s currently a private residence, you can drive by to admire the architecture. The Museum of the High Plains features exhibits from a WWII air base and a German POW camp as well as antique cars, appliances, maps, and more. When you want to stretch your legs a bit, head to the Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area for hiking and biking. Known as the Capital of the Buffalo Commons, McCook is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of the high plains.


The first thing you need to know about Seward? This city takes the Fourth of July seriously. Known as Nebraska’s “Fourth of July City,” Seward hosts a famous annual celebration that attracts up to 40,000 people each year. Although the event has sadly been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, Seward is likely already planning for July 4, 2021. But if you’re feeling patriotic, honor some of America’s armed forces at the Nebraska National Guard Museum. In the summertime, check out the games, rides, food, and music at the annual Seward County Fair. And all year round, you can enjoy Seward’s local restaurants, shops, and events. There’s also a lively senior center, the Lied Senior Center, that hosts activities for the area’s 60+ residents. Seniors can also enjoy the Seward Senior Shuttle, which provides transportation within city limits and two miles beyond.


Natural history buffs are often drawn to Wayne by Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. Once named the “Pompeii of prehistoric animals” by National Geographic, this distinctive site was engulfed by volcanic ash nearly 12 million years ago, trapping countless animals. Now, this 360-acre park is a favorite of paleontologists, who dig there to unearth amazing fossils. When you want to get a little exercise in Wayne, you’ll appreciate the lovely walking and biking trail, and the Wayne Public Library offers a wealth of services, including book sales and a paperback exchange. Space-lovers will adore the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College, which hosts a series of programs on Sunday afternoons beginning in November. Finally, don’t forget about the Wayne Senior Center, a focal point for seniors in the community.


If you’re hoping to retire in Nebraska, look no further than Kinship Pointe. We offer assisted living and independent living communities in four locations: Kearney Northridge, McCook, Seward, and Wayne. Designed for your comfort and convenience, each site offers a full calendar of events and entertainment, restaurant-style dining, and a variety of apartment layouts to suit the unique needs of our residents. At Kinship Pointe, our delightful staff is dedicated to helping residents pursue their passions and live life to the fullest. To learn for yourself what makes Kinship Pointe so special, schedule a tour or contact us online.

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