Why McCook

McCook provides you more of your most valuable asset . . . TIME.

  • Time to spend with your family
  • Time to develop authentic relationships
  • Time for outstanding educational opportunities
  • Time to enjoy the outdoors
  • Time to experience top notch arts and culture
  • Time to explore local independent restaurants and retailers.
  • Time to get out of the rat race and into the human race

"Welcome to McCook NE" | McCook Economic Development Corporation

Highlighting and promoting the people, attractions, and traditions of McCook Nebraska!

"Stories From Main Street" | McCook Economic Development Corporation

During the 2020-2021 school year, a group of McCook High School seniors interviewed four long-time business owners in McCook, NE. This was a part of the Smithsonian, Coming Home: Stories from Main Street program. Hear their stories to find out what is so special about being a small business owner in McCook.

Other places brag about their quality of life, we prove it.

Nicest Places in America

Check out the article about Readers Digest Nicest Places in Nebraska: Sehnert's Bakery in McCook

Travel and Leisure: America's Best Small Food + Culture Town - Runner Up

#27: Best Small Town to Live in, in Every U.S. State

"McCook is a friendly small town that's especially perfect for families."

McCook Most Tax Friendly Community in Nebraska for Retirees

Top Qualities of Living in McCook

Access to Excellent Outdoor Recreation

Hunting & Fishing

Some of the best hunting ground in the country can be found in Southwest Nebraska.

Lakes & Reservoirs

These prairie lakes offer you a chance to get away and cast a line whether you’re looking for dinner, a trophy, or your next tall tale.

Golf & Sports

McCook is home to a championship 18-hole golf course with driving range and putting green.

Live Music & Vibrant Arts Scene

Live at the Bieroc

Live music performed in an intimate venue at Sehnert's Bakery.

McCook Concert Association

The McCook Concert Association is a non-profit organization that brings high quality entertainment to McCook, NE and the surrounding areas.

Lighthouse Marina

Live music performed at a great outdoor venue at Hugh Butler Lake just north of the City of McCook.

McCook Art Guild

Located on the bricks in downtown McCook, the Art Guild acts as a resource to engage artists of all ages and art forms.

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival

24 years running, this event is chalk full of history and live entertainment. Click here to find out more about the festival.

Outstanding Education

McCook Public Schools

"Equipping all students to succeed in a complex global society."

McCook Community College

McCook Community College, founded in 1926 as McCook Junior College, was the first two-year institution in Nebraska

McCook Area Homeschoolers

We are a group of homeschoolers in and around McCook, Nebraska. Our main focus is to provide a welcoming environment and support for homeschool families.

Family Friendly

Ed Thomas YMCA

The McCook Y has been a community leader in fitness and outdoor recreation in the community since it was founded in 1917.


McCook has siz parks which cover 126 acres. These include: Norris, Barnett, Karrar, Russell, Kelley, and Elks.

Mid-Plains BCE Opportunities

Mid-Plains Business and Community Education has partnered with industry leaders in the online learning to give you access to the courses you need.

Clubs & Organizations

MCFF has a list of volunteer organizations available that are eager to have you join.


The McCook Gazette has a directory of all local churches.

Strong Local Award Winning Hospital

Community Hospital

In 2018, Community Hospital was named one of the nation's Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.