Omaha is more than just the largest city in Nebraska – it’s a melting pot. Eclectic adventure-seekers, future-focused entrepreneurs, innovative young professionals and dynamic world-changers all live in Omaha because it’s the best place to pursuit their version of the American Dream.
So, it’s no wonder that it doesn’t take long for visitors to go from fly-over, to stay-over, to OMG-Omaha-has-won-me-over.
Average Commute Time
As a national leader in quality of life, Omaha boasts a rich arts and culture environment, accessible healthcare, and super-fast commutes. Our average commute is 20.5 minutes: that’s over 6 minutes faster than the national average.
Less time commuting and less money spent to live here. The Big O is one of the most affordable metros in the country where our entrepreneurs earn higher 57% higher income than the national average.
But that’s truly just scratching the surface. Omaha is a burgeoning city of nearly 1 million people, with 34% just 24 years of age or younger.
So, it’s no wonder four Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters here, along with a who’s-who list of vibrant tech companies like Spreetail, LinkedIn, PayPal, Hudl, and many, many more.
One of the most frequently used terms in Omaha is: You’re hired! Our crazy-low unemployment rate and growing tech community means there are jobs to be had here, families to build, and futures to create.
- #9 Best City for Young Professionals
- #2 Best State for Millennials
- #1 for access to quality health care
Lowest Unemployment in the Nation
Omaha allows you to live big, for less – like a lot less. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or constantly on the move, you’ll find that you can get more home for fewer dollars.
Median Home Price
And even if you’re not quite ready to make an offer on a home of your own, renters can find some sweet digs that cost well below the national average.
- #4 Best City for First-Time Homebuyers
- Average one-bedroom apartment rent: $838
- Cost of living is 4% below the national average
Do you love sports? Then you’ll certainly fall head-over-heels for the electrifying competition of the College World Series, U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, and March Madness pool play.
- In 2021, the College World Series averaged about 23,000 fans per game
- The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials generates about $34 million for the metro
Oh, and a few other things…
The world-class Henry Doorly Zoo has around 2 million visitors annually.
- 17,000 animals call it home (including 10 giraffes!)
- It has the largest indoor desert in the world
- It has the largest indoor swamp in the world
The first test-tube tiger was born here, and the first test-tube gorilla still lives here.
Omaha is triple landlocked, but still features a 3,000-foot bridge connecting Nebraska and Iowa.
- The “Bob” connects 150 miles of biking and walking trails.
Omaha has 250 parks that comprise 11,000 acres of greenspace
The Reuben sandwich was invented in Omaha.
- During a late-night poker game at the Blackstone Hotel, a local grocer was asked to “ante-up” and create a new dish. The available ingredients resulted in an American menu staple.
Omaha is an incredible place to live, work, and play. As we like to say around here, in Omaha you can stand-up and stand-out. And if you happen to see us in the Old Market sometime, make sure to say hello.
More Than a Great Place to Live and Work. Omaha is a Great Place to Be Alive.
Whether you’re thinking of relocating to Omaha or moving back after time away, we’re here to help connect you to the people and resources that will make Omaha your home.