Moving to Omaha, NE

Thinking about moving to Omaha?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 38,012 people have moved to Omaha, an increase of 9.3%. New residents are attracted to Omaha’s surging economy, family-friendly atmosphere, its low cost of living and high quality of life.

Where Are All the New Residents of Omaha Moving From?

Omaha isn’t just home to billionaire businessman Warren Buffett. It’s also home to a bridge named Bob. No, really. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Missouri river into Iowa, is affectionately known as…


Omaha is a city that punches above its weight. It’s home to the ‘Fab Five’ Fortune 500 companies: ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Mutual of Omaha, and of course Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. But don’t think of Omahans as buttoned-up financiers: a tech startup scene has emerged, earning Omaha the nickname ‘Silicon Prairie.’ Add to that an indie music scene, craft breweries, and fantastic outdoor recreation, and Omaha has something for everyone.

Living

Omaha is home to 446,970 Omahans. With an area of 127.1 square miles, Omaha has a population density of 3,517 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 924,129 people, of which Omaha proper’s population makes up 48%.

Housing

One of Omaha’s greatest strengths is its relatively affordable housing market. The median home value in Omaha is $155,000, -23% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Omaha is $113. Over the past 5 years, home values in Omaha have increased by 5%.

Renters in Omaha will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Omaha is $1,311 per month, which is 8% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Omaha have increased by 1.6%.

Economy

The Omaha economy is on fire. The Omaha metro area’s GDP grew by 24% between 2010 and 2015, from $48 billion in 2010 to $59 billion in 2015, a total increase of $11 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $63,941. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Omaha, NE is $58,249, 19% higher than the national median. Omaha’s unemployment rate is 3.2%.

Omaha, NE Arts and Entertainment

The Grey Plume

220 S 31st Ave #3101, Omaha, NE 68131

J Coco

5203 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68106

Leadbelly

3201 Farnam St #6101, Omaha, NE 68131

Pitch Pizzeria

17808 Burke St Omaha, NE 68118

The Fat Shack

7440 N 30th St Omaha, NE 68112

The Market House

1108 Howard St Omaha, NE 68102

Railcar Modern American Kitchen

1814 N 144th St Omaha, NE 68154

Charred Burger + Bar

1150 Sterling Ridge Dr Ste 107 Omaha, NE 68144

Block 16

1611 Farnam St Omaha, NE 68102

Restaurants
The Grey Plume
J Coco
Leadbelly
Pitch Pizzeria
The Fat Shack
The Market House
Railcar Modern American Kitchen
Charred Burger + Bar
Block 16

Blatt Beer & Table

2835 S 170th Plz Ste 200 Omaha, NE 68130

Local Beer, Patio & Kitchen

902 Dodge St Omaha, NE 68102

Nite Owl

3902 Farnam St. Omaha, NE

Inkwell

8716 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE 68114, United States

Underwood Bar

4918 Underwood Ave Omaha, NE 68132

Wicked Rabbit

1508 Harney St Omaha, NE 68102

Slowdown

729 N 14th St Omaha, NE 68102

Liquid Lounge

11341 Davenport St Omaha, NE 68154

Infusion Brewing Company

6115 Maple St Omaha, NE 68104

Farnam House Brewing Company

3558 Farnam St Omaha, NE 68131

Nightlife
Blatt Beer & Table
Local Beer, Patio & Kitchen
Nite Owl
Inkwell
Underwood Bar
Wicked Rabbit
Slowdown
Liquid Lounge
Infusion Brewing Company
Farnam House Brewing Company

Joslyn Art Museum

2200 Dodge St Omaha, NE 68102

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

3701 S 10th St Omaha, NE 68107

Lauritzen Gardens

100 Bancroft St Omaha, NE 68108

Omaha Children’s Museum

500 S 20th St Omaha, NE 68102

The Durham Museum

801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108, United States

Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

724 S 12th St Omaha, NE 68102

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

200 Pearl St Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Culture
Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Lauritzen Gardens
Omaha Children’s Museum
The Durham Museum
Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts
Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Weather

If you’re allergic to cold weather, Omaha might not be for you. Omaha winters are cold, with an average temperature of 31 degrees. Summers in Omaha are cool, with an average temperature of 72 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 62 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 39 degrees.

If you’re moving to Omaha, you better bring your umbrella! Omaha sees an average 101 rainy days per year, and had an average annual rainfall of 30.6 inches. Omaha is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 69. And don’t sweat it if you forget to pack your sunglasses. Omaha only gets an average of 3,066 sunny hours per year and 110 sunny days, fewer than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Omaha is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 515 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in Omaha are relatively low, with a rate of 3,596 incidents per 100,000 persons, a lower rate than average.

Traffic

Traffic is not as big of a problem in Omaha as it is in many other US cities. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Omaha spends 11.5 hours in traffic each year, with about 4% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a lower portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Omaha is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Omaha has a regional price parity of 102.1, -6.8% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Omaha is a well-educated city, with 21% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 10% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 10% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Omaha is 34.8 years. 49.4% of the population in the Omaha metro area is male, while 50.6% is female. 6.8% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Omaha is 84% white, 8% African American, and 1% Asian.

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