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10 Best Places to Live on $100 a Day

All the ingredients for a rich retirement — at a fraction of the cost

AARP Great places to retire 2012- a restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska

Tables are taken at a restaurant in Omaha, Neb. — Photo by Julia Vandenoever

Omaha, Neb.

Vibe: Midwestern cozy with a high-tech spark

Sunny days per year: 193

Median home price: $123,500

Big companies and generous benefactors have been pouring money into Omaha for the past several years, and all that spending has made Nebraska's largest city a fun — if flat — place to live. Mutual of Omaha financed the new Midtown Crossing, which along with other developments is turning former industrial areas into housing gems.

You'll find the residents of those new digs heading down to the Old Market area, where establishments such as Mr. Toad's offer live jazz with no cover charge. Seniors pay just $12.50 at the world-class Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. (Don't miss walking the rope bridge in the rain forest exhibit.) The baked goods at WheatFields rock, and so does its senior menu, where a Grandmere Scramble or a Dusseldorf Casserole goes for $8.50

Catch a show at the Omaha Community Playhouse, the largest community theater in the country, or the Holland Performing Arts Center, home of the Omaha Symphony.

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