Reasons to Live in Omaha
1. Quality of Life
Money magazine named Omaha as the 7th best city in the United States in terms of overall quality of life. Our state is right there with us, as Morgan Quitno’s "Most Livable State Award" consistently ranks Nebraska near the top.
2. Business & Careers
Employment and professional opportunities are plentiful here. Forbes ranks Omaha as the nation’s 11th-best city, and Nebraska the seventh-best state, for business and career opportunities. Omaha is the headquarters for eight Fortune 500 companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons, TD Ameritrade, Werner Enterprises and West Corporation. And in addition to First National Bank, Gallup, Oriental Trading Company, Paypal and First Data also have headquarters or significant operations in Omaha.
3. Cost of Living / Housing
It costs less to live here. A recent survey of more than 300 U.S. cities reveal that the relative price levels for consumer goods and services in Omaha are 11 percent below the national index of 100 for six major components including grocery items, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. And it will cost you much less to buy a home here – with the most recent study showing Omaha’s median price of an existing home at $138,400, compared to a median of $221,900 throughout the U.S., according to the National Association of Realtors.
4. Raising a Family
If you’re raising a family, do it here. Parenting Magazine ranks Omaha among the Top 10 cities for raising a family, while Redbook says Omaha is among the Top 10 cities for working moms.
Children who learn in Omaha go on to great things, which is one reason Business Facilities listed us as having one of the Top 25 “Best Educated Workforces.” Test scores among students in the Omaha Public Schools exceed the national average for large school districts, and that results in 61 percent of graduates going on to college or other post-secondary schools, with the help of $25 million in scholarship offers each year. Metro public school districts educate 88 percent of the area’s children, while outstanding private, parochial and non-denominational schools educate the rest.
Nebraska is the place to get healthy and stay healthy. Morgan Quitno ranks our state the nation’s sixth-healthiest, and that’s for some good reasons. Our population is among the nation’s healthiest, in large part because we have many great health care providers, and health care here is more affordable than the national average. Creighton University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are among the jewels of our health care community, which includes 11 hospitals, a variety of clinics and thousands of dedicated healthcare professionals.
If you like your summers warm and your winters cold, join us in Omaha. We enjoy all four seasons and they give us a lot of opportunities to enjoy all types of outdoor activities. And if you like your precipitation in the form of thundershowers, you can’t find a better place to live, as most of ours takes that form between April and September.
8. Recreation & Entertainment
Take in a game. See a show. Attend a convention or just go out for an exceptional dinner. There’s no place better than Omaha to do all this. Artists from Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones to Kenny Chesney and Green Day have performed at the $290 million Century Link Center Omaha. The Omaha Storm Chasers take the field with top talent just a step away from the Major Leagues. And of course, Omaha is the permanent home of the NCAA’s College World Series each June. Come visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, which Trip Advisor has named the #1 zoo in the U.S. as well as the #1 attraction in Omaha.
We offer historic areas for shopping, dining and living. Loft apartments in historic buildings are growing in popularity. Omaha’s weekly farmer’s markets provide a great opportunity to purchase locally grown, fresh products.
What do you love? Hockey? Hunting? Golf? Softball? Horseback riding? You don’t need to leave Omaha to experience any of it.
9. Cultural Offerings
No one has an edge on Omaha when it comes to culture. From the symphony and the opera to museums and galleries – to one of the most active theater communities in the nation, Omaha has it all. You’ll love the amazing offerings at the Holland Performing Arts Center. You can spend hours at the Joslyn Art Museum and the Durham Western Heritage Museum. You’ll marvel at the Byron Reed Collection. If it’s culture you seek, it’s Omaha you want. No one does it better than we do it right here.
10. The People!
The word is out, and the 807,000-strong population of the Omaha metropolitan area is growing. We know why. Nebraskans’ friendly attitude and strong work ethic is infectious. The community’s strong institutions, strong economy, excellent education and overall high quality of life speak for themselves. Best of all, these attributes attract just the kind of folks who help make Omaha great and keep it that way. We think you’d fit right in.