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View Poll Results: Which metro area would you rather live in?
Omaha 25 67.57%
New Haven 12 32.43%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-13-2014, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Which metro area would you prefer to live in?

Omaha is a very underrated city with excellent restaurants, beautiful scenery, interesting people, affordable housing, and a somewhat progressive enclave in the Midwest.

New Haven has great nightlife, is very progressive, has lots of educated people (Yale), is on the coast of Long Island Sound and is only 1.5 hrs of a drive to NYC.

I have been to both and think they both have their pros and cons. But both of these metro areas have culture.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:31 PM
 
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Short term: New Haven

Long term (raising family and such): Omaha

It seems to me New Haven would be a nice place if you're a young educated person. However, Omaha is safer, much cheaper and would be a much better choice if your looking to raise a family.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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A friend of mine just relocated to Omaha because of their cultural amenities. Apparently, Opera Omaha has a great reputation. Omaha has some great museums too, not to mention its vibrant downtown area.

Then, when you consider Omaha's lower cost of living, lower taxes, and educated populous, it seems like a no-brainer.

Omaha Performing Arts | Holland Center | Orpheum Theater | Season Tickets

https://www.joslyn.org

The Durham Museum
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:05 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Omaha took me by surprise. I spent a night in downtown on a cross country roadtrip. I really enjoyed walking around the Old Market and the river front area which has some beautiful and very attractive parkland. I had a nice evening and mighty good and memorable dinner there. I found really cool art gallery in the Old Market, love that place.

New Haven is an afterthought to me compared to nicer New England cities like Providence, Boston, or Portland. I mean New Haven is ok but I expected more from the host city of Yale.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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New Haven is not all that peachy from what I've seen. I visited it twice in the past several years and its.. lets just say spotty. The student campus is probably cool, but thats where it ends, really.. It has pretty high levels of crime and higher than national average unemployment. I doubt that people who attend Yale stick around much after they graduate.

Overall it is one of those cities that was hit pretty hard with the last recession and is still struggling to recover (think Buffalo, Syracuse and some Ohio towns as its close "relatives").

Omaha on the other hand, seems like a very nice place. I have heard nothing but the good things about it.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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I live in Connecticut and they don't call it "gun wavin' New Haven" for nothing. Parts of New Haven are fine but personally, I wouldn't want to live there. Very similar to Hartford in terms of nightlife and crime.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Connecticut and New Jersey don't do cities well-they've abandoned them moreso than most states it seems and the very suburban nature in both places seems to prevent any urban revival.

I had a few track and field meets at Yale and was always somewhat surprised by how poor and rundown the surrounding areas were. At the least, New Jersey cares about the city their Ivy League school is located in.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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Well, this thread was intended to focus on the metro areas; not the cities themselves.

I voted for New Haven metro area, even though I was also impressed with the Omaha area. But the fact of the matter is that Omaha is literally out in the middle of no where and from what I've heard, it's a very provincial area with a good ol' boy mentality and lots of obese people. New Haven is also better for gay people, because there are several other metro areas within driving distance with even more gay population, whereas Omaha is isolated. Also, New Haven is in a blue state, which I prefer, and Connecticut is far more progressive than Nebraska. The property taxes in NE are just as high as they are in CT as well.

I would say that the main things about Omaha that appeal to me is the slower pace of life, low cost of housing and unique scenery.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:00 PM
 
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But the fact of the matter is that Omaha is literally out in the middle of no where
Seems like you should look up the words "literally" and "no where" before you use them again.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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I wouldn't expect New Haven to lead the poll. Even though the New Haven metro doesn't seem too bad, people are still going to refer to the actual town - a town which has a bad reputation outside of ivy league discussions.
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