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Unmarried individuals may have found a new place to call home: Omaha.
The region was named one of Insurify’s Best Cities for Singles. Award recipients were determined by an analysis of single populations, economic benefits and dating opportunities in cities across the country.
“It is important that our communities are as hospitable for single residents as they are for couples and families,” said Snejina Zacharia, CEO of Insurify. “Those that do will see the benefit in the growth and prosperity of their cities.”
Cities evaluated for the nation’s top unmarried-adults’ spots were assigned higher scores for having a higher single population; a more balanced gender ratio; cheaper cost for living, rent, and restaurant meals; and a higher rate of application-based dating opportunities. These scores were then used to identify the friendliest city for singles in each state.
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“Though Omaha may not necessarily be the first place you think of when it comes to thriving culinary scenes,
this Nebraska city has flown under the radar long enough — it’s time to tell the world how delicious Omaha is,”
writes Livability’s Sarah Kuta in her November, 2018 “Best Places” article.
Unmarried adults are seeking more than just sustenance, however, notes sociologist Eric Klinenberg. His landmark book, Going Solo, suggests un-partnered people care acutely about environmental issues, experience improved mental health over their married counterparts and are highly civically engaged.
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Jill Odens is a digital media strategist at the Greater Omaha Chamber, where she monitors online engagement trends, noting Omaha is a community that cares.
“Omaha is a very welcoming community – and it’s easy to get connected,” Odens says. “There are a lot of groups that meet up to support civic causes or explore different topics and hobbies. Care about environmental issues? Enjoy talking about culture and cuisine? Are intermural sports more your thing? Do you appreciate a friendly board game night? Whatever it is, there’s a scene here for you.”
The region’s self-proclaimed “we don’t coast, we care” philosophy might also explain the city’s status as one of Livability’s 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live, outpacing more than 1,000 metros with populations between 20,000 and 1,000,000.
“The cities on this year’s list represent the best of the best when it comes to affordability and opportunity,” says Livability.com Editor-in-Chief Winona Dimeo-Ediger. “These 100 cities are not just fantastic places to live in terms of their amenities, education, health care and infrastructure, they are places where young people can build amazing careers and communities.”