Independent Living in Nebraska

Nebraska, known primarily for its expansive cornfields, is appropriately referred to as “The Cornhusker State.” The term is a common nickname for Nebraska locals, and is also the name of the University of Nebraska football team. While the state may be most famous for its role in the agriculture industry, there’s more to Nebraska than just farms. Cities like Omaha and the college town of Lincoln are vibrant cultural hubs with enough activity to rival cities twice their size. Nebraska’s calm, quiet atmosphere, relatively low cost of living, and convenient proximity to major cities like Minneapolis, Denver, and Kansas City make the state an ideal location to retire.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 35 independent living communities in Nebraska. The median monthly cost of independent living in Nebraska is about $2,450.

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Nebraska Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Nebraska.

In Nebraska, retirement community may also mean independent living community. These communities are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Nebraska is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Nebraska has a very low housing index and relatively low real estate costs. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 93
  • Groceries: 96
  • Housing: 81
  • Utilities: 91
  • Transportation: 94

Demographics

About 16% of Nebraska’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Nebraska leaned conservative. Nebraska is one of the biggest producers of corn, soybeans, and beef, and many people in the state are employed in the agriculture industry.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 34% voted Democratic
  • 59% voted Republican
  • 8% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 37
  • Over the age of 55: 28%
  • 2018 population: 1,929,268
  • 2020 population: 1,952,868
  • Estimated 2025 population: 2,013,140

Miscellaneous

  • 39% regularly attend a religious service
  • 34% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 2,860 congregations
  • There are 147 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Nebraska has a humid continental type of climate in the east and semi-arid in the west. Eastern Nebraska experiences four distinct seasons, with widely varying temperatures and consistent precipitation year round. The western part of the state is known as the Sandhills, and consists of a semi-arid desert-like climate that gets very hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 66%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 2”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 5” (May)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 31 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 41 in August (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 49°F
  • Average summer temperature:°72 F
  • Typical summer high: 92°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 49°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 26°F
  • Typical winter high: 47°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 6°F (January)

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