Why Omaha is the Best Place to Live in Every Stage of Life
Contrary to popular belief, Omaha is a thriving city in the state of Nebraska with much more to offer than just agriculture and football. Within the last few years Omaha has started gaining national recognition as a great place to start and raise a family, but besides a handful of impressive public schools, its dynamic year-round attractions, progressive culinary scene, and relatively low cost of living provide a diverse environment suitable for every generation and lifestyle. Here’s why.
First things first – to back my claim Omaha is one of the best places for families, click here for an article from WalletHub undoubtedly headlined “2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Families” and you’ll see Omaha ranks at #8 and Lincoln at #6!
This list is divided according to age so you will clearly see how much Omaha has to offer each group.
As a kid that grew up in Omaha, I can tell you from firsthand experience, there is always something to do. And the pool of new and fun things to do and explore would take a long time to hit bottom. There’s the Henry Doorly Zoo (which is fun at any age but most exciting as a kid) which has been nationally recognized as one of the top zoo’s in the country for years.
The Omaha Children’s Museum is a full day of exploring, learning, playing and then some. And if you’re into that sort of thing, there are a number of other museums and attractions your kids are sure to enjoy like the Durham, Boys Town, Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, Mahoney State Park (20 min outside metro), Lauritzen Gardens, pumpkin patches (in the fall) and Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue.
Not to mention the variety of different sporting events children can enjoy. For hockey lovers there’s The Lancers and UNO Mavericks, for football there’s the Omaha Beef, for basketball there’s Creighton and for baseball there’s the Stormchasers and the CWS of course! Enough sports to get you through every season of the year.
I’ve really barely scratched the surface on the unique and positive exposure available to kids being raised in Omaha. If you’re a traveler and like to travel with your family Omaha is a great place to be with its nationally centralized location meaning you can explore the rest of the country all with about the same amount of effort. Traveling without the hassle of airlines is a common alternative being only a few hours away from Kansas City and Des Moines and a few more hours away from Chicago, Denver and Minneapolis.
Omaha residents in their twenties who frequent the bar scene from time to time know Omaha has a nightlife worth experiencing. From social bars to college dive bars to new wave contemporary bars it’s all at your fingertips. Additionally, Omaha has a handful of local breweries and drafthouses throughout the city for the more hobby drinkers. There are even a couple wineries just outside the metro such as Cellar 421 and Soaring Wings for a fun weekend outing.
They say where the drink is good the food is better. (Okay maybe only I say that) but it’s true in Omaha. The best part about an ahead-of-the-curve culinary environment is that it is relatively inexpensive compared to the nations larger cities, and you don’t have near the demand limitations as you would in a city with millions of people. The Old Market, Midtown, Dundee and pockets across north, south, east and west Omaha all have their own special foodie joints that make Omaha unique and special to visitors and dwellers alike.
If shopping and entertainment are important to you, then Omaha's got it. With the most recent addition of premium brands at the Nebraska Crossing Outlets in Gretna and an additional outdoor mall at Village Pointe, plus 2 large malls and unique shopping available in the Old Market, Omaha has got every shopper covered. Entertainment is a slam dunk with the CenturyLink Center hosting acts like Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, George Strait, Elton John, Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett and Coldplay. Every genre means something everyone would love to see! Past that there’s the timeless Orpheum Theatre, Holland Performing Arts Center, Joslyn Art Museum, Rose Theater and Funny Bone Comedy Club.
Besides Omaha’s compatibility appeal to multiple generations with attractions and things to do, it also is compatible in real estate. Whether you’re a millennial looking for the urban lifestyle, or a baby boomer looking to downsize and switch up your suburban atmosphere for something different, there is a strong condo and apartment market in the downtown sector. If the idea of being in walking distance to groceries, entertainment, restaurants and more, Omaha can easily satisfy your taste for city living.
On the other hand Omaha is rapidly expanding westward where the more suburban life thrives. New schools, neighborhoods and communities are sprouting seemingly overnight providing for many, the ideal atmosphere to raise and grow a family.
Whether you’re on one end of the spectrum or the other, and anywhere in between, Omaha has the place for you at every stage of life.
Are you ready to make the move?