Nebraska ranks among the top ten states in which to retire, according to a new report from the personal finance website Bankrate.com.
Analyst Taylor Tepper says Nebraska placed ninth overall on the report based on seven main criteria, including cost of living, crime, culture, health care and weather.
“Nebraska did the best at health care, placing 12th,” Tepper says. “In cost of living, they finished #17 and in wellbeing they placed #17.”
The Husker State landed in the top ten on the report thanks to its good placement in several key categories which are vital to retirees, especially: cost of living and health care.
“That’s really positive, those are important things to take away,” Tepper says, “because you are feeling connected to your community, you’re feeling connected to your social network, you are receiving good quality health care and you’re not spending too much money on the day-to-day cost of living.”
There were only a few areas where Tepper sees room for Nebraska to make improvements.
“Taxes, Nebraska finished in the middle at 25th, same with cultural vitality and weather it was 29th,” Tepper says. “There was sort of a narrow range for Nebraska which is one of the reasons why it finished so high among all of the states in the country.”
South Dakota ranked as the best state in which to retire, followed by Utah, Idaho, New Hampshire and Florida. New York placed last on the list, just below New Mexico, Maryland, Louisiana and Arkansas.