Omaha, the largest city in the state of Nebraska, sits on the Missouri River, and is the county seat of Douglas County. With a population of 466,061 (2018), it is known as the “Gateway to the West” and during the 19th century was a national transportation hub due to its central location in the U.S. and remained important to the development of the city, along with railroads and breweries. During the 20th century the Omaha Stockyards and meatpacking plants were added as top industries.
Today, Omaha is known as the headquarters of mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway along with other Fortune 500 companies, banks, architecture firms, and the Gallup Organization known for the Gallop Poll and Gallup University. The city also boasts many inventions including Butter Brickle ice cream, Reuben sandwiches, and TV dinners. Photo of Joslyn Castle, a landmark in Omaha’s Gold Coast and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places courtesy of Wikipedia and Ammodramus (public domain); photo of Skyline of Downtown Omaha, courtesy of Wikipedia and Skinzfan23 (public domain).
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Where to Retire in Omaha and Home Prices
Omaha is divided into six geographic areas and is made up of several neighborhoods both new and historical, which have active Neighborhood Associations that focus on social activities and creating a sense of community. Zillow reports the median home value is $193,062 in early 2020, and calls it a “Very Hot” market at this time.
What is special about Omaha
Omaha is a vibrant city with a lot to do. It is home to about a dozen colleges and schools of higher education, along with great health care, and has been recognized as a bicycle friendly community with over 85 miles of interconnected trails for walkers and bicyclists.
What is not special about Omaha
High crime rate, winters are cold and long, there are university sports to attend, but there are no major league sports teams located here.
Who will like retirement in Omaha
Retirees who want to live in a college town, with historical sites, parks, miles of trails, and many cultural venues would enjoy living here. Omaha offers great health care, and transportation including a nearby medium-sized airport.
Local economy is driven by
Omaha's has a diverse economy driven by health care, education, and finance, along with tourism, food production and insurance.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Company is headquartered here along with several other Fortune 500 companies, and led by Mr. Buffett, Omaha has more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city.
Climate and Physical Environment
The average January temperature is 24 degrees, with July's average 78 degrees. Omaha gets about 30" of snow annually.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Omaha boasts restaurants serving all types of cuisine; the city also features the country's largest community theater, many historical sites, museums, several parks, a botanical center, a great zoo, and several events and festivals; the Old Market is a popular area with brick streets lined with shops and restaurants; the city is host each year to college baseball's NCAA Men's College World Series; A top landmark here is the 3,000 foot Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that crosses the Missouri River with beautiful view of Omaha's skyline and connects the city with Council Bluffs, Iowa. It is and named after former Senator Bob Kerrey who secured the funding for the bridge in 2000.
The crime rate is Omaha is high.
Omaha offers many medical facilities and is home to the Methodist Health System which includes the Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women's Hospital, and many Physicians Clinics. There is also a large VA Medical Center located here.
Getting to Omaha is easy with two interstates providing direct access into the city; Omaha Metro, the city's mass transit bus line, offers service throughout the town. Epply Airfied serves Omaha, but the nearest International airport is in Des Moines, Iowa, about 140 miles away; Omaha is a very bike-friendly city and has created a map of bicycle routes throughout the Omaha region, along with a Bike Share program.
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