Hometown to Warren Buffet, Omaha is an awesome town flying under the radar. If it is good enough for one of the richest people in the world, it is good enough for anyone. Nebraska isn't known for being a particularly cool state, but Omaha has a lot to offer. From a killer local music scene, to great museums, Omaha has all of the trappings of the hippest cities in America.

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Omaha by the Numbers

The best part? Omaha is still really affordable. As of September 2017, average rent for an apartment in Omaha, Nebraska was $936 per month. One bedrooms rent for $798 per month on average, and two-bedroom apartments average $1042 per month.

Apparently, people are getting savvy on Omaha. Rent in the Nebraska city is up 2.99% from last year, when the average rental was $908.

Omaha is a small, compact city that is easy to navigate. Its small size makes it super accessible; a couple months in Omaha and you will feel right at home. Currently the population of Omaha is slightly less than 1 million people, and the city has been growing at a healthy rate. In the last year, Omaha grew by 1.1%, making it the 39th fastest growing metro area in the country.

Land of Opportunity

Omaha's economy is flourishing as well. As of the 2015 Census, the average income in Omaha is $61,024 per year, more than $4000 higher than the average income nationwide, which is $55,775. Much of this thriving economy comes from the big businesses headquartered there. Five Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in the Nebraska city. Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific, Peter Kiewit Sons' and Mutual of Omaha are all based out of Omaha, providing many of the employment opportunities in the city.

Besides these established corporate giants, Omaha also has an interesting tech startup scene. You know about Silicon Valley, but you may not have heard of Silicon Prairie. The Midwest's growing tech sector is attracting attention. Venture capitalists and angel investors are pouring money into Omaha's tech scene. Entrepreneurs are leaving the Bay Area in favor of the Plain States, hoping that a less crowded tech market will help their business stand out from the crowd. Low overhead costs and the friendly Midwest community are also factors why Silicon Prairie professionals prefer Nebraska to San Francisco.

The friendly Midwest spirit is a huge draw for many people, whether they work in tech or not. Omaha residents are very welcoming, and will go out of their way to help their neighbors. Nebraska is the definition of Midwest charm.

Farm Fresh Food and Plenty of Culture

Nebraska is part of the breadbasket of America, and agriculture reigns supreme. Omaha steaks are famous nationwide for their incredible flavor, and the city proudly celebrates their beef with an impressive selection of steakhouses. Besides the steak, the local farm community provides Omaha with the best, freshest produce. Hit up the Omaha farmers' market for an incredible selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally raised meat and farm fresh dairy products.

For a small city, Omaha's downtown area, The Old Market, has a decidedly big city feel with tons of hip bars, trendy boutiques and innovative restaurants.

Though Omaha doesn't get a lot of credit in American culture, it is the birthplace of many notable cultural and historical figures. Malcolm X grew up in Omaha, as did Gerald Ford and the award winning Hollywood director Alexander Payne, who made the Best Picture nominated film Nebraska, in homage to his home state.

What else has Omaha given us? The Reuben, everyone's favorite deli sandwich. Less iconic but equally delicious, Nebraskans are obsessed with a local fast food chain called Runza, which specializes in sandwich rolls stuffed with ground beef and cabbage.

Omaha is also a surprising cultural hub. With a supportive gallery scene and affordable studio space, many artists are calling Omaha home. Get a taste of the local art scene with Benson First Friday Art Walk, or check out the awesome work on display in Omaha's local galleries. Besides the galleries, Omaha's museums are world class. The Joslyn Art Museum has a vast collection of both classic and contemporary art, and free admission! Omaha is also home to the Durham Museum. Not only is the collection great, the building itself is a work of art. Formerly Union Station, the Durham is an art deco masterpiece.

Besides visual art, Omaha also has a killer music scene. What Nashville is for country music, Omaha is for Indie Rock. Omaha based Saddle Creek Records have produced some true indie darlings, including the Bright Eyes and Azure Ray.

Nebraska may be flat as a pancake, but it has a lot to offer at an affordable price. Whether you are an art lover, or looking to get your tech startup off the ground, Omaha could be the perfect place for you to call home. Check out our rental listings today to get started.

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