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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!