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Set Amid Gently Rolling Hills, Lincoln Boasts a University, a Historic District, a Vast Parks System, Tree Lined Streets, an OLLI and Reasonable Prices
Lincoln is Nebraska's capital, second most populous city and home to Nebraska Wesleyan University (1,600 students) and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (26,000 students). It sits amid gently rolling hills in the southeastern section of the state and started as a farming community.
With two major hospitals, Lincoln has been ranked as one of America's healthiest cities and is a pleasant, welcoming place. Cultural institutions include the Great Plains Art Museum, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum and the Lied Center for the Performing Arts. The downtown and historic Haymarket District, which is the renovated warehouse section, has centers for art, antiques, restaurants and theater. The Hyde Memorial Observatory on Holmes Lake is volunteer-run and free of charge, and there are recreation centers, golf courses, 125 parks and more than 130 miles of bike trails throughout the city. Wilderness Park features bridle and bike paths, and Pioneer Park has a nature center and 440 acres of native prairie. The Sunken Gardens have garnered national attention, and Pawnee State Recreation Area is popular with fishermen and hikers.
UNL has a lecture series, dance performances and theater presentations. It also has an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) with classes for people age 50 or better. UNL Cornhusker football is nearly a religion.
The city has more than 30 named, tree-lined neighborhoods, and homes include everything from bungalows and Tutors to ranch ramblers and foursquares.
Population: 290,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 33%
Cost of Living: 27% below the national average
Median Home Price: $255,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, Lincoln receives 29 inches of rain and 25 inches of snow per year. Winters are often overcast.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients: Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission: Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes, and there are eight branches and a bookmobile.
Political Leanings: Nearly split down the middle
College Educated: 39%
Is Nebraska Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Notes: UNL is a party school, and areas around campus are lively, particularly on weekends. Home prices have increased 14% since last year. The population has grown 10% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Cornhusker State entered the Union on March 1, 1867. It saw its first population spurt in 1848 when gold seekers crossed the territory through river valleys on the way to California. Homesteaders began arriving in 1860.
Bounded by South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa, and Missouri, Nebraska rises from 840 feet in the east to 5,300 feet in the west. The Platte and Missouri Rivers, as well as the Ogallala Aquifer have helped define Nebraska as an agrarian state. Eastern Nebraska can experience hot, humid summers. The west is semi-arid.
Farming and ranching are the main occupational pursuits of Nebraska natives. Cornhuskers rank high in the production of cattle, corn, hogs, soybeans, and wheat. Cheyenne County's oil deposits contribute to the state's economy. Omaha and Lincoln are hubs for the insurance industry.
Nebraska's name comes from the Oto Indian language and means "flat water." The state has one of the country's largest reserves of underground water. Cornhuskers are the largest producers and users of center pivot irrigation.
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