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Good Life Gets Noticed

The secret is out. Nebraska and its communities continue to score high marks in national comparisons for affordability and quality of life.

One example is a 2017 study that found Nebraska’s retirement environment was top in the nation, according to analysis conducted by LPL Financial.

For those on the other end of the career spectrum – those under 35 – a 2017 study by financial website MoneyRates.com found that Nebraska is among the top states for millennials, ranking the Cornhusker State third best overall. The analysis noted that Nebraska also scored top 10 rankings for young adult employment and residential rental affordability.

Then there is the issue of happiness, as a recent study by WalletHub.com found Nebraska to be one of America’s happiest states. Analysts at the financial website considered several factors such as financial security, physical and emotional health, personal purpose and social connectivity. In all, nearly 30 key metrics were included. The Cornhusker State scored very high marks in the category of work environment, which includes commute times, personal earnings adjusted by cost of living, jobless rates, and job security.

Another 2017 study, this one by U.S. News & World Report, found that Nebraska was among the five most affordable states. This followed Forbes’ report that deemed Nebraska to be one of America’s top states for quality of life – thanks to the state’s low crime rates, clean environment, low stress levels, accessible and affordable health care and low cost of living. Moreover, the state’s outdoor attractions, urban entertainment, small-town charm and low jobless rate are tremendous attributes.

A CNBC study ranked Nebraska’s education system fifth best overall in 2017. The study considered the state’s K-12 public schools, Nebraska’s community colleges and other higher education institutions.

Nebraska’s major cities continue to score high marks, as well. Consider that a recent study of major U.S. cities by NerdWallet ranked Lincoln and Omaha in the best five for overall lifestyle. The website looked at income and health benefits, local economic strength and work-life balance.

In a world that is increasingly turbulent and tumultuous – with congested areas where the American dream may seem unaffordable or unattainable – Nebraska stands out in a positive way.

Put simply, Nebraska offers the perfect blend of opportunity, stability and affordability.

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