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Omaha offers the best of both worlds – a cosmopolitan lifestyle along with a relaxing mid-American atmosphere. The city has received high marks from many of nation's top publications. Forbes named it the eleventh best city for Business and Careers, and Parent Magazine said it was one of the top ten cities for raising a family.     

The cost of living is below the national average. The median price for a home in the Omaha metro area is approximately $137,000, compared to the U.S. median of $213,000, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Did You Know?

 The Omaha metro area is home to more than 800,000 people, according to the 2005 U.S. Census.

Among the population of Omaha are five billionaires and 15,500 millionaires.

More than 20,000 businesses are located in the metropolitan Omaha area. More than 30 other Fortune 500 companies have manufacturing plants in the metropolitan area.

Five Fortune 500 Company headquarters are located in Omaha : Berkshire Hathaway Inc., ConAgra, Inc., Mutual of Omaha Companies, Peter Kiewit and Sons and Union Pacific. In addition, more than 30 Fortune 500 companies have manufacturing plants in the metro area.

The city is one of Forbes' Top 15 Cities for Business.

The new $70 million Peter Kiewit Information Science, Technology and Engineering Institute has been hailed as a model for higher education.

There are nine colleges/universities, two medical schools, one law school and two community colleges in the metro area.

Warren Buffett, the legendary billionaire investor, calls Omaha his home. His holdings include Borsheim's, the United States' largest independent jewelry store. When the nation's only richer man, Microsoft's Bill Gates, wanted to buy an engagement ring for his wife, Buffett opened the doors of Borsheim's just for him.

The city is a hub of the telecommunication and information service industry. Approximately 50,000 people work at the city's 1,000 information, data-processing and telecommunications companies.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of the world leaders in solid-organ transplants.

Ninety percent of Omaha's students graduate from high school, and 72 percent enter college. One the reasons why Omaha has been ranked as one of the United States' top 10 cities for raising a family is its excellent educational system.

The high-tech center at Union Pacific's Harriman Dispatch Center in Omaha controls thousands of miles of track throughout UP's 23-state system.

Omaha is the birthplace of the Rueben sandwich, as well as the cake mix, TV dinner, raisin bran and center-pivot irrigation.

In 1950, Omaha became the home of the College World Series.

Omaha is the hometown of the famous actors Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando and Nick Nolte.

Omaha's St. Cecilia's Cathedral is one of the 10 largest cathedrals in the U.S.

The $300 million First National Tower is the tallest building from Chicago to Denver .


The $290-million Qwest Center Omaha offers the public a variety of musical, sporting and professional events. The facility has an 18,600-seat arena and over 240,000 square feet of convention space. Because of its record-setting ticket sales, the Qwest Center attracts performers such as U2, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Grand Funk Railroad, Matchbox 20, Britney Spears, Shania Twain and many more.

The Lied Jungle, located in Omaha , is the world's largest indoor rain forest. 

The Old Market district near the river front attracts tourists and residents alike. With its brick streets, Victorian storefronts, horse-drawn carriage rides, specialty boutiques, sidewalk cafes and ethnic restaurants, it's a charming place to past the time. The Durham Western Heritage Museum is only a short walk away. The art-deco train station features national-touring exhibits, historical year-round exhibits, an old-fashion soda fountain and fun-filled activities during the holiday season.

If you're looking for nature, it is abundant in Omaha . Residents enjoy outdoor activities in Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods, pedaling on the 30 miles of hard-surface biking trails or relaxing in one of the 230 city parks, which cover 8,500 acres. Free summer outdoor cultural activities include the annual Shakespeare on the Green as well as Joslyn Art Museum 's Jazz on the Green and many other free music events in various venues.

Interesting Facts about Nebraska  

Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings in 1927.

Nebraska is the only state in the U.S . with a unicameral (one house) legislature. The 911 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide, was developed and first used in Lincoln, Nebraska The world's only museum dedicated to fur trading is located at Fort Atkinson near Blair.
The state has five army forts, which are open to the public : Atkinson, Kearny, Hartsuff, Sidney, and Robinson.

Willa Cather, one of the greatest American novelists, grew up on a farm near Red Cloud and later attended the University of Nebraska.

Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state.

More Academic All-Americans have been produced at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln than at any other Division I school.

Dr. Harold Edgerton of Aurora , Neb., invented the strobe light.

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