Top 12 Best Spots to Retire in the Midwest

Lincoln, Nebraska

Population: 318,820

Share of population 65+: 12.4%

Cost of Living: 6.6% below the national average

Average Income for Households 65+: $50,417

Community Score: 64.2

State’s Tax Rating for Retirees: Least Tax Friendly

Lincoln may not be home to financial guru Warren Buffett like Omaha, which is about an hour north, but it has plenty of other notable points to recommend it. The capital city offers an abundance of attractions, including more than 100 parks, fine restaurants, an active nightlife, and a number of museums and theaters. Highlights include the Sunken Gardens (for budding horticulturalists) and the Museum of American Speed (for car enthusiasts).

Being a college town, home to both the University of Nebraska’s Lincoln campus and Union College, the population may skew young. But Lincoln is also prepared to assist its aging residents with about 26 health-care and social service facilities per 1,000 seniors, compared with 19 per 1,000 seniors in the U.S.

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