Best retirement communities in Nebraska

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Nebraska is the 8th least densely populated state; stretched out on the Great Plains, cut through with the Missouri River, this farming and ranching state is an outdoor-lover's haven. Beautiful bluffs, hills, high plains, ridges and rainwater basins diversify the lovely landscape. National Parks and expansive and well-managed. The population was estimated at 1.8 million in late 2011.

Active adults looking to retire in cities like Lincoln will find all relevant information here. For more on Nebraska, you can peruse its Wikipedia page.

Scotts Bluff National Monument


Nebraska is divided into two different major climactic zones: the east has a humid continental climate, and the west has a semi-arid climate. Throughout the state there are wide-sweeping differentiations in temperature and weather patterns. Summers are generally hot, while winters are generally cold. From east to west, humidity significantly decreases. Thunderstorms, some of them violent, are common in the spring and summer. Nebraska is located in Tornado Alley; tornadoes can occur in warm weather.

Per Capita Income and Home Prices
In 2010 the inflation-adjusted Nebraska per capita income was $24,744. Nebraska cost of living is among the lowest in the country. Zillow reported that the mid 2013 Nebraska Value Index of homes was $123,000. In the first quarter of 2013, the National Association of Realtors found the median home sale in Lincoln was $137,200.



Tax Burden: According to the Tax Foundation, sales and local taxes are at about the national average.

Marginal Income Tax Rates. The individual income tax system has four brackets; the top bracket begins at $27,000 at 6.84%. The top rate ranks 18th in the country.

Retirement Income Exemptions. Out of state pensions are fully taxed. Railroad retirement benefits are not taxed. 

Social security exemption. Nebraska applies the state income tax to Social Security benefits that are taxable at the federal level.

Sales Tax: State sales tax is 5.5%; localities can add to that rate. 

Property Taxes: Property taxes are comparatively high.

Estate and/or Inheritance Taxes. Nebraska has an inheritance tax. The estate tax was repealed in 2007. 

Link to Nebraska Department of Revenue

 The 2012 business tax climate for Nebraska rates 30th.  

Certified Retirement Communities
 Nebraska does not have a certified retirement community program.

Best Retirement Communities

Nebraska has at least one active adult community: the Grand Lodge at the Preserve.

Each Nebraska retirement community profile at features ratings on expenses, age restrictions, taxes, recreation, amenities, transportation, and security so you can compare how other active adults 55+ have rated that city or development.


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