About Grand Island:
This diverse city of 50,000 offers a small city feel, great schools, and a growing economy. As the largest city in central Nebraska, Grand Island offers job opportunities in education, health care, agribusiness, manufacturing, and transport services. Grand Island offers a variety of large retailers and local shops and restaurants. Entertainment options include concerts and sporting events at the Heartland Events Center, live horse racing at Fonner Park, hike and bike trails and the Nebraska State Fair.
Centrally located, travel to larger cities is easy via I 80 and the Central Nebraska Regional airport offers flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas and more.
For more details about the city of Grand Island, visit Grand-Island.com.
With a population about 30,000, Kearney is a growing, diversified community blending the best of large and small towns. The University of Nebraska at Kearney, Viero Events Center and a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities offer cultural, educational and entertainment options. Growing education, health care and distribution sectors offer a variety of career opportunities. Recently, a national trade journal rated Kearney a “Dream Town” and another designated its public school district a “Gold Medal School District”, among the best in the country.
For more details about the city of Kearney, visit the Kearney Visitors Bureau.
Home of the University of Nebraska and State government, Lincoln is the perfect mix of good people and interesting places.
With a diverse population of about 270,000, career opportunities are available in education, health services, financial services, manufacturing and technology. Young talent is thriving, with 40 percent of the population age 20-44. Some 93 percent of the population has a high school diploma and 34% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to the US average of 27%. Along with Grand Island and Kearney, Lincoln’s cost of living averages around 5% lower than the national average, making it a great city for families of all sizes.
There are entertainment options for everyone including Husker athletics, the Lied Performing Arts Center, the Lincoln’s Children Zoo and Pinnacle Arena. Lincoln has been named the Happiest City (Gallup) the Healthiest City (Daily Finance).
For more details about the city of Lincoln, visit Lincoln.org.
The Omaha & Council Bluffs metro area has nearly 1 million people living within a 50-mile radius. The metro area consists of four counties in Nebraska and one in Iowa. Within the city of Omaha, the population is closer to 450,000 and ranks within the top 50 largest cities in the US.
Year after year, national publications note the high quality of life that both Nebraskans and Iowans enjoy. The area is consistently rated in the top 20% of the best places to live by Places Rated Almanac. One of the reasons being that the cost of living is 6.1% below the national average, with the unemployment rate at 3.2% and the median home price at $166,200 according to Forbes magazine.
Families thrive as well in Omaha; the school districts are large and the University of Nebraska at Omaha is right in the center of the city. Parenting magazine has named Omaha as one of the top 10 cities in the nation for raising a family.
Traveling in the metro area is a simplicity compared to other major cities. Located in downtown Omaha is Eppley Airfield which has eleven major airlines flying in and out each day, making it a convenient city for travel. In addition, the average commute within the metro area is 20-25 minutes.
The Omaha/Metro area offers many unique attractions for all interests. The award-winning Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the region’s most popular attractions. It features the world’s largest indoor rainforest, an aquarium complex with a walk-through tunnel, as well as six African elephants. Omaha offers a professional symphony and opera company, and the Omaha Community Playhouse is the largest community theater in the country. Additionally, Omaha boasts a growing craft food and beer scene, which draws in many connoisseurs. Whether you enjoy art, history, sports, outdoors, or other interests, Omaha has something for you.