No. 10: Nebraska
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
Nebraska may have a reputation for cornfields as far as the eye can see, but there are plenty of hidden gems in this Midwest state. In downtown Omaha, retirees can stroll the cobblestone streets of the Old Market, lined with restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
Nearby Lincoln also boasts a historic downtown called the Haymarket, and football mania is alive and well in the city. Overall, the Cornhusker State offers a relatively low cost of living, and it also ranked in the top half of states for low crime rates. Residents here report being slightly happier than people in other states, based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index.
Healthways measures residents' general happiness and satisfaction with their surroundings in 5 areas: residents' sense of purpose, positive feelings about their community, as well as social, financial and physical well-being. Nebraska scored particularly high marks in the social category, and since 2012, it has earned a top 10 spot in the index.
Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Gallup-Healthways; Council for Community and Economic Research; FBI; Tax Foundation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.