If you’re about to move to Omaha, Nebraska (or contemplating a move), there are surely plenty of questions you’ll want to ask:
What kind of recreational things are there?
Omaha is, without a doubt, a sports town with a focus on baseball. Every year, the city hosts the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park, located just right outside the downtown area. Omaha is also famous for having held 3 consecutive Olympic Trials for Swimming – in the years 2008, 2012, and 2016 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Meanwhile, the River City is also home to a number of minor league sports franchises, covering baseball, indoor football, and ice hockey.
In 2014, Omaha was ranked by the Trust for Public Land as having the 12 th best park system in the United States – featuring over 100 locations throughout the area. Meanwhile, the city in recent years has placed an emphasis on developing a trail system for bicyclists, hikers, and runners. A total of around 80 miles of trails are included within the metro.
What Internet service providers exist?
Omaha features a number of ISPs, including Cox Communications (cable), CenturyLink (DSL & Fiber), and Internet Nebraska (DSL).
What ways are there to get around?
The primary means of transportation throughout the metro area is by automobile. Public transportation in the state is served by the Metro Bus System (visit here for more info), with costs at $1.25 per regular fare (other purchasing options are available).
What are the education options in the area?
The main public school district in Omaha serves around 51 thousand students (visit Omaha Public Schools website for more information). Institutions of higher education in the area, meanwhile, include University of Nebraska Omaha, Creighton University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue University, Clarkson College, and College of St. Mary.
Where can I go shopping?
There are numerous shopping options throughout the metro area, including Westroads Mall (largest mall in the state) and Oak View Mall. Meanwhile, the metro area is home to at least 7 Target stores and over 1 dozen Wal-Marts.
What media outlets exist?
The Omaha World-Herald is probably the largest paper in the area, with other publications including The Reader and The Omaha Star. Meanwhile, local television news station affiliates include NBC (WOWT), CBS (KMTV), and ABC ( KETV).
What kind of local attractions are there?
The city has a number of fascinating attractions, including the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Durham Museum, the Joslyn Art Museum, and the Omaha Children’s Museum. Meanwhile, the Old Market (officially dubbed “Omaha’s Arts & Entertainment District), includes many popular local shops and restaurants.
What kind of government does Omaha have and how do I register to vote?
Omaha is governed by a Mayor-council government that allows residents to vote for mayor and city council members (If you’re new to the city/state, we recommend registering to vote. More info: Douglas County Election Commission).