Regional Data


Companies, tiny to titan, flourish here — from the neighborhood mom and pop to the Fortune 500s known around the world. Our cost of living is low, our quality of life is high — and our steady economic growth is the envy of the nation.

Looking to relocate? You’ve found your place.


An economic scorecard of the Omaha region.

2019 Report



Our region and people excel at exceeding expectations.


Our population of 960,709 is characterized by steady growth. We’ve expanded 7 percent between 2010 and 2016, growing 2 percent more than the nation. 1


With a diverse cultural makeup, ethnic minorities comprise 15.2% of our population including a Hispanic populace of 9.7%. 2


Our reputation as a vibrant, growing community attracts young and talented workers ready to ignite their career.

  • More than 40 percent of our population is 24 years of age or younger.
  • Median Age: 35.2 3


Our low cost of living and competitive wages create a spending power of $50,481 – 14.9% above nation’s ($43,925). 4

Workforce & Talent

Savvy, Sophisticated Talent.

If you’re ready to ignite your career – if you’re determined to make a mark instead of just making due – you’ll find a place. Here, we embrace entrepreneurs, cultivate innovation and let imagination run free.

Job Growth

We’ve added almost 31,000 jobs 5 – twice as much as the national average 6 over the past 10 years. Our population not only possesses the education and qualities employers are looking for, but also encompasses the Midwest work ethic simply part of the fabric of our region.


Our workforce demonstrates the Midwest work ethic, producing $4,000 more goods and services than the average worker does. 7

Business Environment

Companies, tiny to titan, flourish here.

From our strong business climate, to our first-class resources, we’re proud to cultivate an environment ideally suited for companies wishing to start, grow or expand operations.

A Diverse Mix of Industries

Our steady economic growth is the envy of the nation.

Greater Omaha produces more than $47 billion in goods and services each year

  • Outpaced the nation in economic growth for the past 3 years in:
    • Professional & Business Services: Increased 14.6% vs 9.2%
    • Finance & Insurance: Increased 14.7% vs 3.8%
    • Transportation & Warehousing: 0.4% vs -1.1%
  • Our Information industry is booming with a $173M increase over the last two years 9

We work hard to keep the business climate friendly and taxes moderate.

Our cost of doing business is 6.1 percent below the national average. 10

Overall Index Services Manufacturing
Digital R&D Corporate
93.9 90.4 86.4 84.2 96.7


Nearly 30 percent below the national average in tax rates 11

Effective Tax Rates Ranks (out of 75 U.S. cities)
Corp. Income Tax Other Corp. Taxes Statutory Labor Costs Total Effective Tax Rate CIT OCT SLC TETR Total Tax Rate
21.9% 10.3% 19.5% 51.8% 5 21 9 5 71.9

2019 Greater Omaha Major Employers


Company Name No. of Employees Industry
Offutt Airforce Base 5,000 and over Public Administration
CHI 5,000 and over Health Care and Social Assistance
Methodist Health System 5,000 and over Health Care and Social Assistance
First Data 2,500 to 4,999 Information
Children’s Hospital 2,500 to 4,999 Health Care and Social Assistance
Nebraska Medicine 2,500 to 4,999 Health Care and Social Assistance
University of Nebraska Medical Center 2,500 to 4,999 Health Care and Social Assistance
First National Bank 2,500 to 4,999 Finance and Insurance
Union Pacific Railroad 2,500 to 4,999 Transportation and Warehousing
Mutual Of Omaha 2,500 to 4,999 Finance and Insurance
Pay Pal 2,500 to 4,999 Finance and Insurance
Omaha Public Power District 1,000 to 2,499 Utilities
Creighton University 1,000 to 2,499 Educational Services
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care 1,000 to 2,499 Health Care and Social Assistance
Werner Enterprises Inc. 1,000 to 2,499 Transportation and Warehousing
University of Nebraska-Omaha 1,000 to 2,499 Educational Services
Blue Cross & Blue Shield Of Nebraska 1,000 to 2,499 Finance and Insurance
Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs 1,000 to 2,499 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Valmont Industries 1,000 to 2,499 Manufacturing
Boys Town 1,000 to 2,499 Health Care and Social Assistance
Hormel Foods 1,000 to 2,499 Manufacturing
Lozier Corp. 1,000 to 2,499 Wholesale Trade
Ameristar Casino Hotel 1,000 to 2,499 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
CSG International 1,000 to 2,499 Information
Omaha Steaks 1,000 to 2,499 Retail Trade
Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino 1,000 to 2,499 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Nebraska Furniture Mart 1,000 to 2,499 Retail Trade
Physicians Mutual Insurance Co. 1,000 to 2,499 Finance and Insurance
TD Ameritrade Inc. 1,000 to 2,499 Finance and Insurance
ConAgra 1,000 to 2,499 Manufacturing
Cox Communications 1,000 to 2,499 Information
Immanuel Communities 1,000 to 2,499 Health Care and Social Assistance
Lincoln Financial Group 1,000 to 2,499 Finance and Insurance
West Corp. 1,000 to 2,499 Administrative and Support
Airlite Plastics Co 1,000 to 2,499 Manufacturing
HDR, Inc. 1,000 to 2,499 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Nebraska Beef 1,000 to 2,499 Manufacturing
Omaha World-Herald 1,000 to 2,499 Information
Redwood Fire & Casualty Insurance 1,000 to 2,499 Finance and Insurance

Fortune Thrives Here

We’re proud of the fact that some of the world’s most recognizable companies are based here. We’re even more proud of the impact they’re having around the nation – and the globe.

Fortune 500s Fortune 1000s
Berkshire Hathaway (No. 2) Valmont Industries (No. 804)
Union Pacific (No. 143) Green Plains Inc. (No. 662)
Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. (No. 324) TD Ameritrade (No. 674)
Mutual of Omaha (No. 342) West Corporation (No. 864)
Werner Enterprises (No. 934)


A world of opportunity awaits.

We are home to award-winning schools and nationally-recognized universities. Innovation and experience work in collaboration, improving education for students of all ages. To them we say: Study hard, engage your brain, dream big and go for it – no coasting allowed.

K-12 Education

Study hard. Engage your brain. Dream big.

Parents want quality choices for education – and we pass the test.

We consistently rank among the leading states in the nation for percentage of high school graduates, which means employers here have the benefit of drawing from a very well-educated workforce.

We know today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators. That’s why our schools – both established and new – focus on equipping our youth with the skills they need to join an evolving workplace.

What’s your child’s passion – and if we nurture it, where will it lead? We’re as eager as you are to find out.

School Districts

Cass County

Conestoga Public Schools
Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools
Louisville Public Schools
Plattsmouth Public Schools
Weeping Water Public Schools

Dodge County

Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools PreK-12
Fremont Public Schools PreK-12
Howells-Dodge Consolidated School K-12
Logan View Public Schools K-12
North Bend Central School PreK-12
Scribner-Snyder Community School K-12
Trinity Lutheran School PreK-8

Douglas County

Brownell Talbot School
Douglas County West Community School
Elkorn Public Schools
Millard Public Schools
Omaha Public Schools
Omaha Catholic Schools
Ralston Public Schools
Trinity Lutheran School
Westside Community Schools

Pottawattamie County

A-H-S-T Community School District
Council Bluffs Community School District
Lewis Central Community School District
Riverside Community School District
Treynor Community School District
Tri-Center Community School District
Underwood Community School District
Walnut Community School District

Sarpy County

Bellevue Public Schools
Gretna Public Schools
Papillion La-Vista Public Schools
Springfield Platteview Community Schools

Washington County

Arlington Public Schools
Blair Community Schools
Fort Calhoun Community Schools
St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Higher Education

From business and education to science, medicine, technology and the liberal arts, we are home to some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. We are also home to two internationally recognized medical schools: the University of Nebraska Medical Center and CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center. And they are all within easy access. 12

Greater Omaha Higher Education Enrollment 13

Institution Enrollment 14 Location
Bellevue University 9,942 Bellevue
Clarkson College 1,204 Omaha
College of Saint Mary 1,037 Omaha
The Creative Center 109 Omaha
Creighton University 7,736 Omaha
Iowa Western Community College 5,439 Council Bluffs
ITT Technical Institute 597 Omaha
Kaplan University – Council Bluffs Campus 250 Council Bluffs
Kaplan University – Omaha/Bluffs Campus 615 Omaha
Metropolitan Community College Omaha/Fremont 17,376 Omaha
Midland University 1,126 Fremont
Nebraska Christian College 139 Papillion
NE Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health 878 Omaha
University of Nebraska at Omaha 14,786 Omaha
University of Nebraska Medical Center 3,655 Omaha
University of Phoenix – Omaha Campus 71 Omaha
Vatterott College 405 Omaha
Total 67,732


Power considerations are a given as companies – from data centers to manufacturers – decide where to make their home. That scores in our favor.

Without compromising quality, service or availability, businesses and residents benefit significantly from utility

Electricity 15

Compared to the national average, Nebraska-Iowa rates:

  • Commercial: 20.2% below
  • Industrial: 14.9% above

Cost of Living

With a cost of living 4.2% below the national average, we’re proud to call the Omaha area home. 17

Cost of Living Comparisons Overall Cost of Living Grocery Items Housing Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc. Goods & Services
Greater Omaha 95.8 97 88.1 100.1 100.7 98.4 98.6
Peers Louisville 95.6 87.1 81.2 93.9 103.8 100.6 108.1
Salt Lake City 105 109.7 104.9 89.4 112.6 101.3 106.3
Colorado Springs 99.1 97.2 100.6 90.6 105.2 100.2 99.2
Competitors Oklahoma City 84.8 91 71.2 95 86 93.9 89.1
Des Moines 90.1 98.8 80.7 89.7 98.5 95.8 91.6
Kansas City 94.3 100.4 83.6 99.1 96.1 99 98
Aspirational Raleigh 91.8 92.6 84.5 93.9 87.6 103.5 96.3
Nashville 98.2 94.6 94.2 97.6 94.5 87.7 105.3
Austin 99.7 89.7 103.3 96.6 96.6 106.1 101.6


A Key Transportation Hub

We’re served by a ring of interstate highways, railroads, motor freight, air and river transportation.

Reach your destination in 2- 3 days with easy access to I-80 and I-29.

  • Major Rail Centers
    • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
    • Canadian National Railway Company
    • Union Pacific Railroad

28 direct flights including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. 18

Barge traffic can navigate the Missouri River 10 months of the year.


  1. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, “Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016”
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, “Table DP05: Demographic and Housing Estimates”
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, “Table S0101: Age and Sex”.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, “Real per capita personal income (chained (2009) dollars)”
  5. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics
  6. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey
  7. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Real GDP Per Capita (by metropolitan area)
  8. U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, “Table B15001: Sex by Age by Educational Attainment for the Population 18 Years and Over”
  9. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Real GDP by metropolitan area
  10. KPMG, Competitive Alternatives 2016
  11. KPMG, Focus on Tax 2016
  12. National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, 2016 Completions, “Number of students receiving awards/degrees by award level, race/ethnicity, and gender and age: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 (C2016 C)”
  13. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Fall 2012
  14. Enrollment includes students seeking a certificate/degree as reported by NCES
  15. U.S. Energy Administration, 2016 Average retail price of electricity
  16. U.S. Energy Administration, 2015 Natural Gas Prices
  17. Council for Community and Economic Research, Q3 2018 Annual Average
  18. Omaha Airport Authority
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