If you choose Nebraska Medicine for your transplant, Omaha will become your second home for a short time. Those not familiar with our city will be pleasantly surprised to learn the particulars of this Midwestern metropolitan area. After spending time in Omaha you’ll come to appreciate what residents consider the perfect hybrid between small town friendliness and big city amenities.
More than 890,000 reside in the Omaha-metropolitan area. With low unemployment and diverse industry, you’ll find everything from professionals to laborers to homemakers. Omaha also has strong ethnic communities throughout the city. Visitors can easily find religious or cultural resources by talking with their social worker or a volunteer interpreter.
Cost of Living
Omaha’s cost of living ranks below the U.S. average. A survey of 300 U.S. cities showed that the relative price levels for Omaha consumer goods and services are consistently 10 to 12 percent below the national average. A combined city/state sales tax rate of 7 percent does not apply to food sold in grocery stores or prescription drugs.
Omaha has a continental climate which is a combination of humid eastern and dry western climates. Summer temperatures average from 75 to 85 degrees, though 100 is not unheard of. Winter temperatures can dip from 39 to 21 degrees during the day. Below-zero wind chill and winter storms are not atypical. However, only 10 percent of the region’s annual precipitation occurs in the winter. The majority of Omaha’s moisture comes from April through September in the form of evening showers and thunderstorms.
Ease of Transportation
Conveniently located five minutes from downtown Omaha, Eppley Airfield provides air travel with eight major and 13 regional air carriers including commuter airlines. More than 200 flights arrive and depart from Omaha daily. Four other local airfields handle private and corporate aircraft.
Interstate 80 links Omaha to the East and West coasts. Northern and southern travelers will find Omaha via Interstate 29. The city is also serviced by Amtrak for rail service and charter bus lines for coast-to-coast travel.
Visitors will find fairly easy navigation by car throughout Omaha. Metro Area Transit (MAT) also provides bus routes throughout Omaha, Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Ralston, Papillion and LaVista.
Cultural and Recreational Activities
The most pleasing surprise to big-city dwellers is the diversity of Omaha’s cultural attractions. Here you’ll find everything from opera to the zoo, fine restaurants to ethnic delights, sports and outdoor fun to mall madness.
Attractions , Music and Fine Arts
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is the perfect year round family destination. Children and adults alike will enjoy fun-filled days at the nationally recognized Lied Jungle as well as Dessert Dome, Scott Aquarium, Kingdoms of the Night and Lozier IMAX Theater.
The Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, a short drive west of Omaha, is the home of bison, elk, cranes, wolves, antelope and other native creatures. The Strategic Air and Space Museum is also worth the drive west. Aircraft and missiles have been preserved for the enjoyment of aviation enthusiasts.
Omaha is home to many incredible performance venues, including the Orpheum Theater, which hosts a variety of fine events, including “Broadway Across America”, performances by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and Opera Omaha. The nation’s largest community theater, Omaha Community Playhouse, and the third largest children’s theater, Emmy Gifford Children’s Theater, both reside in Omaha. Joslyn Art Museum features a permanent collection, rotating exhibitions, activities and events throughout the year. The newly renovated Turner Park in the heart of Midtown Crossing is the new home to the popular summertime “Jazz on the Green” event.
Sports and the Outdoors
Sports enthusiasts will find fast action with Omaha Storm Chasers baseball, Omaha Mammoths football and Omaha Lancers hockey. Omaha is also home to many collegiate events, including University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Maverick hockey and Creighton Bluejays basketball. Be sure to check out the College World Series as well.
Golfers can choose from 17 public and semi-public courses.
Even the most active outdoor enthusiast will have trouble exhausting the 80 miles of paved trails and exploring more than 200 local parks plus eight state parks within 50 miles of the city.
Shoppers will enjoy several shopping malls located throughout the city. Westroads Shopping Center, Crossroads Mall and OakView Mall together offer close to one million square feet of shopping. Add outdoor malls, including Village Pointe Shopping Center in West Omaha and Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion and shoppers can choose from a total of over 15 million square feet of retail space in the Omaha area.
To learn more about Omaha, please visit VisitOmaha.com.