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Interesting Facts about Nebraska

Omaha, NE

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.

 

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Omaha, NE

  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.

A little rain didn't completely stop this years show. After a one day cancelation the show continued Sunday for a large crowd that braved the rain. more...


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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.

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 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.

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