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Living in Omaha, Nebraska:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Omaha, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 17 people living in Omaha what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Many cultural amenities, beautiful, distinctive neighborhoods in the eastern half of the city, numerous lake parks, decent responsive city government. Climate can be annoying, but overall moderate compared to points north and south, and very little of the cold hard rains that fall to the east.

The housing market is way over priced here. The weather is extremes from below zero to 100 and snow can be anywhere from a non snow weather to feet of snow. Property taxes are high and are going higher.

Can be hot and humid. In the summertime weather time can be cold with wind-chill down B -0 sometimes 44 below. I’ve lived here for 70 years, so I guess it can’t be too bad.

Beverly, says: 2023

Someone moving to my city should know that a car is necessary if they wish to travel freely. We have some of the worst drivers in the country, so not only is it important to have a car, it is very important to drive defensively and be alert at all times. Many accidents happen on the interstate, so familiarizing themselves with the side streets could help avoid an accident.

Someone moving to Omaha should be aware of its limited public transportation. This city is best explored via a car, and is not very pedestrian friendly. one needs to acknowledge the growing issue of gentrification in North and South Omaha, and the rising cost of living in these areas.

Lauren, says: 2020

If you desire to be in the company of friendly and generous people, come to Omaha. You will enjoy the world’s number one zoo, unique breweries, and rich history near the Old Market district. Don’t forget to travel 30 miles west to experience the vast Mahoney State Park and the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum.

Taylor, says: 2020

Omaha has a small town feel but also the benefits of a big city. There are endless dining opportunities, and arguably the best zoo in the country! There is an increasing level of diverse culture, bringing with it a lot of art, music, and talent. Omaha also has a long history of hosting the NCAA Men’s College World Series, which is held downtown. There’s something for everyone here.

Rachel, says: 2020

Omaha is a decent sized city with a small town feel. There are two major interstates that run through Omaha, making it easy to get from one part of town to another in a short amount of time. The people are from diverse backgrounds and it adds so much good to the city. The amount of amazing restaurants and other activities really adds to Omaha’s overall appeal.

Omaha is one of the easiest cities to drive around. With numbered streets running from east to west, and named streets running north to south, the very city becomes your compass. It’s impossible to get lost! Even if you do manage to get lost, you won’t be lost for long.

Omaha is a wonderful place to raise a family. The neighborhoods are safe. The schools are magnificent. There is always something to do downtown. And if that is not your scene, there are many beautiful lakes and state parks surrounding Omaha. If a small town atmosphere is what you crave, then Omaha is your city.

Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the most segregated cities I’ve ever seen, which makes it a unfortunate place at times. However, one of the biggest complaints I hear is that our property taxes are pretty high. Expect to eat meat and potatoes in various forms when invited to dinner at a new friend’s home, and keep an eye out for the produce stands when the time is right.

Omaha is a sprawling city comprised of several smaller neighborhoods. Before moving to Omaha, you should consider how much you want to drive and what type of neighborhood is important to you. If you want to be around bars and nightlife, consider Benson or Dundee; if you’d prefer something a little more residential, you should look towards the west of town.

Omaha is a big city with a small-town feel. The best place to hang out is in the Old Market where there is a lot of small shops and good eateries. The people are friendly and very helpful. Omaha has many things to do including wineries, parks, and local restaurants.

The Henry Doorly Zoo is an innovative and educational place for children and adults. The zoo is always adding exhibitions and habitats, while keeping the premises open and inviting. It’s one of many gems you will find nestled in the metropolis of Omaha.

Omaha, Nebraska, is in America’s heartland, nearly midway between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Home to Warren Buffett, the world’s fourth-wealthiest person in the world, Omaha is in the easternmost part of the state and minutes from many attractions, including the world-renown Henry Doorly Zoo, the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens, and the Durham Museum in The Old Market, which is built upon an old 1931 train station.

Alexis, says: 2020

Omaha’s weather fluctuates a lot. It could snow on day and be sunny and warm the next. Despite the weather, it’s a wonderful place. There are many places to visit and the nightlife is exciting as well. If you’re looking for a bar to just chill or a club to party, we have something for everyone.

Jennifer, says: 2020

Omaha is a moderately sized city. It has a variety of attractions and work opportunities. It is also a great place to experience many types of weather and samples of seasons seemingly every other day. Despite this all, it may still be a little boring for some if you don’t know where to look.

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