Nebraska Senior Living
Contrary to popular belief, there is more to Nebraska than just corn and corn fields. In fact, Nebraska has a variety of things that make this state a prime choice for anyone looking for Nebraska senior living options. Of course, retirees living in Nebraska will enjoy its array of National Park areas, including forests, scenic rivers, and historic trails, but residents of the Cornhusker Stateenjoy a variety of cultural events throughout the year.
Nebraska boasts a senior citizen population of 13.6% according to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau, slightly above the national average of 13.3%. With wide open spaces and a low population density, those looking for senior living in Nebraska won’t be disappointed.
Nebraska Assisted Living Costs
The average monthly cost of independent living in Nebraska is $2,563. The actual costs will range from a minimum of $1,895 to $3,647 depending on service level and location. *From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
- State Agency Responsible for Regulating Assisted Living: Office of Long Term Care Facilities, Licensure Unit, Division of Public Health, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
- Regulations for Nebraska Assisted Living Residences
Retirement in Nebraska
Retiring in Nebraska is a smart choice for seniors of all ages and backgrounds, but it does have its advantages and disadvantages. For example, Nebraska offers its residents a charming mid-western lifestyle and a variety of cultural diversity. And Nebraska’s cost of living is lower than the nationwide average making it a reasonable choice for most retirees.
Unfortunately though, Nebraska doesn’t rank very high on the tax friendly scale. Its simply not a senior friendly state for those looking for a low-tax state.
Did you know that…?
- Montana offers no special breaks for seniors. Out-of-state government pensions are fully taxed.*www.kiplinger.com
- There is no estate tax, but Nebraska’s inheritance tax ranges from 1% to 18%; assets passing to a spouse or charity are exempt from inheritance taxes. *www.kiplinger.com
- Any homeowner or renter 62 or older can apply for a refundable income-tax credit worth up to $1,000 if they have lived in Montana for nine months, occupied a residence for six months and have a gross household income of less than $45,000. *www.kiplinger.com
- Social Security benefits are taxed to the same extent that they are on the federal return. *www.kiplinger.com
Best Nebraska Cities for Retirement
Although Nebraska isn’t exactly a tax haven for seniors, it certainly has more than its fair share of retirement communities that make senior living a priority for its residents. For example, Lincoln, Nebraska came in number 13 of Money CNN’s List of 25 Best Place to Retire. Known for its strong community spirit and varied cultural events, Lincoln is a great place for senior living options. You’ll also find a reasonable cost of living and an average house price of $130,000 in Lincoln.
Omaha, Nebraska is also another prime senior living option. Omaha has managed to create quite the name for itself as its economy is continually one of the strongest in Nebraska. And despite this growth, it still maintains a fairly low cost of living 89.4%, much lower than the national average.
Health Care in Nebraska
Nebraska has over 100 hospitals and medical centers, one of which, Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha ranks internationally for high performance standards. Five other hospitals rank on the state-wide high performance scale.
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Activities for Seniors in Nebraska
Lying in the Missouri River basin near the center of the country, Nebraska is a rich ranching and farming state. Nebraska once supported millions of bison, but cattle, corn, and wheat have taken their place. Seniors who are looking to retire among wide open fields and incredibly landscapes will find a lot of options here.
Similarly, anyone looking for that tranquil Mid-Western life but with more than just corn fields, may want to check out some cities like Columbus. Voted number 84 out of 100 best places to live by CNN Money, Columbus has garnered nation-wide attention for its “super-low unemployment rate”. Known for its agriculture industry and manufacturing sector, this quiet little town of 21,800 people is a great place for seniors looking to pick up a retirement job while they enjoy their golden years.
Nebraska is mainly known for its arid climate, but due to a variety of weather patterns, the state sees a wide range of diverse temperatures throughout the state. Eastern Nebraska sees a more humid climate and the west is typically more semi-arid. Summers are hot and dry and to make matters worse, Nebraska is located in Tornado Alley making storm season just that much more exciting for residents. Check out current Nebraska temperatures!
Sharp Seniors has 9 Senior Living Facilities in Nebraska
- 9 of them offer Senior Living
- 4 of them offer Respite
- 4 of them offer Assisted Living
- 1 of them offer Short Term/ Rehabilitative Service
- 1 of them offer Skilled Nursing Facility
- 1 of them offer Alzheimer's Care
- 1 of them offer Hospice Care