Located on the western bank of the Missouri River, Omaha has been an important agricultural and transportation center since its establishment in the late 1850's. In its earliest history, Omaha was a trading center and the "Gateway to the West." Today, it is home to the Union Pacific Railroad, Boys Town, and is a communications hub for the nation. The city limits of Omaha extend over 100 square miles. The metropolitan area covers nearly 2,500 square miles. No, it's NOT flat! The area around Omaha consists of beautiful, tree-covered rolling hills.
Omaha's healthy economy, low crime rate and down-to-earth, welcoming people add up to a fantastic setting for your Creighton University education. The five-county Omaha metropolitan area has a population of more than 800,000 with over 18,000 businesses. Endless job and internship opportunities are available in Omaha. Delta Airlines' Sky magazine recently published a profile of Omaha. You can link to the publication here. Also, be sure to check out the new Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce magazine, Omaha: Extraordinary Opportunities. Watch a short video about Omaha here (scroll to the bottom of the page).
There are many things to do in Omaha. This thriving city's heart beats strong with live music, live theater, great dining, nightlife and more. The CenturyLink Center brings in numerous, high profile concerts and has been rated by University Journal News as one of the top 10 venues. The Holland Performing Arts Center has various musical arts and is one of the best theaters, acoustically, in the country. The Orpheum Theater is a majestic theater that hosts programs best served by a more theatrical setting, including the Broadway In Omaha series and Opera Omaha. For children and families, we have the Rose Performing Arts Center, which is the third largest professional children's theater in the nation.
Local bands often play the Creighton campus in addition to their dates at the nightspots around the city. The arts scene is lively with the Joslyn Art Museum, which is less than a mile away from Creighton and has a new sculpture garden, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Artists? Cooperative Gallery. We also have free outdoor summer concerts, Lauritzen Gardens Botanical Center and the Durham Western Heritage Museum. Some of the top attractions are the Old Market, which has much charm, lots of shops, original buildings, and cobblestone streets. The Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the top zoos in the United States. It has many exhibits including the Lied Jungle, the Desert Dome, the Scott Aquarium, a butterfly and insect pavilion, and a new Skyfari to see the animals from up above.
We have big-time sports, top-notch restaurants and fascinating historical sites that make Omaha a tourist destination. If you are a golf fan, Omaha has more public golf courses per capita than any city with a population over 100,000. And every year in June, Omaha welcomes the many fans who enjoy the NCAA College World Series.
As you can see, Omaha has a lot to offer. Come visit the sites, meet the people, and tour the campus. We hope you can see yourself living here and enjoying all that Omaha has to offer.