Omaha has always been a dynamic, energetic city continually transforming itself. Whether it was the Native American Indian tribes, pioneers, railroad laborers or meatpackers, everyone who came to call Omaha home helped shape its current cultural diversity, hard work ethic and friendly demeanor. Named after an American Indian Tribe, Omaha means "Those going against the wind or current," Omahans proudly continue to live up to the name.
In recent years, the Omaha riverfront and downtown area have experienced tremendous growth and development. A one-of-a-kind pedestrian bridge, the Bob Kerrey Bridge, curves its way across the Missouri River. The cable-stayed bridge is one of the longest pedestrian bridge projects ever constructed, giving Omaha visitors a breathtaking view of the ever changing skyline. CenturyLink Center Omaha, the city's convention center and arena, attracts big name talent while providing a spacious technology-rich venue for conventions. The 250,000 sq. ft. facility is complimented by the public art project, "Illumina". The colorful display features more than 40 sculptures inspired by the 13th Century Carnival of Venice. It's just a small sample of the creative spirit that fills the city.
Currently the 42nd largest city in the United States, the metropolitan area is home to over 800,000 people who welcome visitors with open arms and authentic Midwestern hospitality.
Here are some great things being noted about Omaha!
- Money Magazine rated Omaha as one of the nation's Top 10 best big cities to live in. (Money Magazine)
- Kiplinger ranked Omaha #3 in its 2008 Best Cities to Live, Work and Play. (Kiplinger 2008)
Greater Omaha ranked #10 on Site Selection magazine's "Top Mid-size Metros for 2008" (Site Selection 2009)
The Greater Omaha MSA is 11th on the "2009 Best Large Cities for Job Growth" (NewGeography.com 2009)
Nebraska posted the seventh highest growth in real income in the nation among "Income Growth Leaders" (U.S. Census Bureau; 2008 data released in 2009)
Nebraska ranked 16th on a list of "America's Best States to Live" (Forbes.com 2009)
Omaha ranked 12th on the list of "100 of America's Best Cheap Cities" (Forbes.com 2009)
Omaha received the #10 ranking for "America's Most Recession-Resistant Cities" (Brookings Institution 2009)