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A+ Omaha Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Omaha Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Nebraska
Omaha
8911% less expensive than the US average
Nebraska
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Omaha cost of living
F Omaha Crime Total crime is 75% higher than Nebraska
Total crime
4,52764% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2364% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
10%Year over year crime is up
Omaha crime
C- Omaha Employment Household income is 7% lower than Nebraska
Median household income
$50,8278% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$28,5454% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%19% lower than the US average
Omaha employment
C+ Omaha Housing Home value is 2% higher than Nebraska
Median home value
$139,80024% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$81914% lower than the US average
Home ownership
57%10% lower than the US average
Omaha real estate or Omaha rentals
A+ Omaha Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Nebraska
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
72%47% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Omaha K-12 schools or Omaha colleges

Living in Omaha, NE

Located in the state of Nebraska, Omaha is a large city with a population of 443,072 people. With a population density of 3,215 people per square mile, Omaha is well above the nation's average density level. According to the most recent Census, 77% of Omaha residents are White, 13% Black and 3% Asian. Omaha is known to be family friendly as more than 70% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 56% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Omaha is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in Nebraska, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Omaha, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living and more.

Using data and statistics Omaha has received a livability score of 76 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 85th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a phenomenal score, as Omaha ranks well in multiple categories! If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that Omaha ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and education (A+). On a more negative note, Omaha does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (F) and weather (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Omaha, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Henry Doorly Zoo, Old Market, and Old Market.

Knowing that the Omaha schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 72%, which is far higher than the national average.

Assuming that Omaha meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Omaha. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Omaha are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Omaha come in at $139,800, which is 1.8% higher than the Nebraska average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Omaha, the home price to income ratio is 2.8, which is 12% higher than the Nebraska average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Omaha will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Omaha, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 7.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.2%.

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Omaha is pretty darn good

Attractions8/10
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You get what you get. Like. You live in Nebraska. For the cost of living and the amount of fancy pants companies that are here? People want a big city OR a small town and Omaha isn't really either. No, people don't go out of their way to make you casseroles - unless you have a relationship with them. I have neighbors that are so friendly they helped me move in all my furniture and I have neighbors that told me to never bring over Christmas cookies again because they didn't know me. Both are fine.
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Prospect Place Neighborhood Is Full Of Violence & Lunatics

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My neighborhood has gotten so bad I want to move. Full of rude, disrespectful people. No one works or does much but cause problems. Trash all over. Run down houses. Kids running all over unsupervised. Loud music. Cop cars, ambulances, fire trucks and helicopter like grand theft auto on crack. Dog poops all the sidewalks. Foul smelling. Just nasty. Over grown weeds. Broken down cars with busted windows. Glass, nails in street. People sitting on porch smoking crack and other drugs. Houses are over priced. Neighbors keep us up all night long screaming , laughing , rap music. I feel like I live in the ghetto. Almost forgot about large rats, stray cats, roaches you name it.
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Please Read Carefully

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Community1/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining4/10
Shopping9/10
GOOGLE Omaha police deptREAD ALL REVIEWSKEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE, THIS STATE AND CITY WILL NOTSTAY AWAY FROM LAST NAMES MENTIONED IN REVIEW PRAY FOR A BETTER CITY,BETTER CITY OFFICIALS,...BETTER JUSTICE.DESPITE THIS....RACISTS WHITES HIDE BEHIND BADGES, TEAM UP WITH RELATIVE INFORMANTS, AND POST FAKE THINGS THAT THEY'D NEVER SAY TO ANY BLK PERSON ANYWHERE OR HERE...SAME OL EVERYWHERE. SCARY PPL THAT NO ONE CARES ABOUTI'M BORN AND RAISED HERE...AND FOR THE MOST PART PPL ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. .WE EMBRACE THIS...ALL KINDS OF PPL HERE....AND WE HELP EACH OTHER AND BEFRIEND EACH OTHER NO MATTER WHAT RACE,HOBBY,DRUG,LIFE PROBLEM,ETC...THAT PART OF OUR CITY I WILL LOVE FOREVER...WE MATCH MORALS, VALUES, AND INTELLIGENCE...SOME PPL SHOULD STAY WHERE THEY ARE...THANK ME LATER
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I absolutely do not recommend living in Omaha!!!

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I've lived in Omaha for over 3 years now. I hate it. There are no jobs here; the cost of living increases steadily while the amenities decay. Old Market is crap, the zoo is crap, you can't drive here without at least one car running into you once a year. The people are pompous and unfriendly.The blacks are whining about how "every black life counts" while they are drugging and drinking and abusing their own children and shooting themselves. They naturally blame the whites and the city government for this. Fucking get some respect for yourself and your people and act like a responsible person instead of gang banging and warring and treating each other like cheap. This is the worst place I have ever lived and I will be leaving this underbelly of humanity soon. But not soon enough.
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im really stressed to be here

Attractions5/10
Community3/10
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Dining3/10
Shopping5/10
Im a Russian tourist here. Im planning to move in US to be with my boyfriend later, he is from Omaha. Honestly im 1 percent sure i will be able to stay here. Streets are empty, people are unfriendly. I was almost hit twice by some drivers. Mostly it seemed to me that drivers didn't get used to people crossing the street, walking by foot. I don't drive a car and i don't think i will, because i used to use the public transport and i used to walk a lot. The metro system is just disgusting. Bus drivers doesn't seem to be respectful at all. Bus stops are not shown or claimed at all, it is just ridiculous. How do i know where i should get off the bus? I know it's not the city for visitor but THESE are elementary things to create some comfort for people. It is SO frustrating. I just fight myself every day here to come outside and i fail. I know im not that strong but i tried hard to give myself the chance to that city and make sure myself that im safe here, but i failed. May be it is great for those who grew up here, but it is absolutely depressing for visitors like me.
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Worst place I have ever lived! I can't wait to be able to relocate!!!

Attractions3/10
Community3/10
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Shopping4/10
I hate Omaha! It is the most unfriendly place I have ever been. Nobody has been polite with even a hi back and smile. The crime rate is alarming. I watched the news a few days ago and they said there has been so many murders this year that it averages out to one per day. They had many witnesses that even with a $25,000 reward people would not come forward. Totally do not feel safe, never allowed guns in my home but am now researching where to take gun safety class and shooting ranges and plan to buy a gun. After living here I am planning to get a permit to carry a gun. Never felt unsafe no matter where I lived before and never locked my door or car. I now lock both.
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The Hidden Jewel of the Midwest

Attractions7/10
Community10/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
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I have lived in Omaha for the past 5 years and have come to love this city. Omaha is truly a jewel in the rough. It is the type of Midwest town that brings the small-town feel with all of the big city amenities. Warren Buffet calls Omaha home as well living in his original home he bought before he was a billionaire.

I live in Omaha near the downtown which provides amazing access to the nightlife, restaurants, and the expanding art scene. Having relocated from Minneapolis, I have found Omaha to have everything the Twin Cities have but with a much more Mayberry feel (for those who liked the Andy Griffith Show). One thing I have noticed is that most people are easy going and crime is almost non-existent. It is really an amazing place to raise a family or find that special someone. You really can't go wrong with any of the local bars in the area and can often find the owners dinning alongside you. This community feel is what really makes the downtown special.

Having relocated from the Twin Cities I really thought that I would miss out on the professional sports. Omaha is home to a few very fun minor league teams from baseball to hockey. The tickets are cheap and the games are quite honestly a lot more enjoyable to watch. I never thought that Omaha would be where I call home, but I never plan on leaving this city. From the low unemployment rate to the amazing nightlife; Omaha has it all. If you're looking for a fun place to visit and get a sense of what small-town America really feels like then visit Omaha.
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Omaha: The Big City that Doesn't Feel Too Big

Attractions7/10
Community9/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping7/10
I lived in Omaha, Nebraska for about 3 years, while I was going to college. I really enjoyed my time there, though I'm not sure I'd want to live there forever. Omaha is a good size city but it's not so huge that I ever felt overwhelmed or overcrowded. Living downtown was great, I was only a short walk from the Old Market area where there are several cobble-stoned blocks full of great restaurants and unique shops. The Dundee Dell was a personal favorite, for its trademark fish and chips and because it has the world's largest selection of scotch. Because it's not a huge metropolis, Omaha's downtown doesn't feel touristy at all, but I never got bored living there either.

Around the downtown area, my friends and I would often go to shows at the Slowdown, a music venue near the baseball stadium. Since Omaha's one of the only large cities in the area, a lot of great, big-name bands make a stop there on their tour. One of the city's greatest traditions is the annual College Baseball World Series, when the whole town shows up at the stadium, as well as fans from all over the US. But the wonderful thing about Omaha is that it is so cheap to live there! It's got the big city feel without the hiked-up prices for apartments or events. After college, I was ready to move on and see more diverse parts of the country, but for a college student or for families, Omaha is a great place to live.
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Omaha, Nebraska: A Surprisingly Great City!

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Community5/10
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My in-laws have lived in Omaha, Nebraska for the past five years, so I have made quite a few trips to see them. I'll admit, I was not too thrilled to be traveling there, as the idea of Omaha didn't seem too exciting. However, it turns out that Omaha actually has some really great things to offer and some wonderful attractions to see.

The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is an exceptional zoo, with an indoor swamp, indoor rainforest, and indoor desert area underneath a huge dome. The Omaha Children's Museum is also a fun place to take the kids, especially on a cold winter day, in which Omaha has its share! Another cool place is the Old Market, a fabulous area with unique Omaha restaurants, shopping and more.

My advice if you are going to Omaha is to stay away during the College World Series, as the city becomes very packed at that time. Also, if you go in the winter, be prepared for cold, harsh winds, and the potential for lots of snow. Overall though, Omaha is a surprisingly great city to visit or live in!
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Source: The Omaha, NE data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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