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Old 10-24-2011, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I know this maybe some repeated info on other threads & I am sorry if it is, but wondered if I could tell you all a little about us & ask some questions?

We are looking to relocate & Nebraska is on the top of our list right now! We are not doing good in our current state & need something better to survive!

My husband has years of experience in construction & four years experience as a Telecommunications Installer (cable dog). But now is unanble to find work here for along time! I am a homemaker, but do have previous office work experience.
We are a mixed race couple (black & white) & not assuming anything, but do want to know is Nebraska is open minded?
We also have two children, 12 & 14, & (1 furry kid) So, how is the school system there?
also, one reason Nebraska is top of our list is employment. We heard there are jobs there... Is this true?
Still learning, so few other questions...
What the average cost to rent a 3 bedroom house with a yard?
What cities/towns would you suggest?
Do employers there actually talk to out-of-state applicates?
How about things to do, what does Nebraska have?
Are most friendly there? (bad experience trying to make friends where we are now)
i think that bout covers it, thanks to anyone who responds & ps estimated ETA Feb 2012.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Any info & help would be great! Please be honest, we are very open minded, family driven hard working people... Who just need a good place for a fresh start & new beginning to get on our feet & call home!
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:07 PM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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My husband has years of experience in construction & four years experience as a Telecommunications Installer (cable dog). But now is unanble to find work here for along time! I am a homemaker, but do have previous office work experience.

Should not be a problem. Look in local newspapers like the Grand Island Independent, Kearney Hub, or Hastings Tribune. Can also look in small town papers (usually published in the county seat town). Other than looking in the phonebook and sending out resumes to construction companies, these should be the best job source. Companies for telecommunications installation around here would be Glenwood, Frontier, and Charter and probably more but those are off the top of my head.

Should also be plenty of office jobs although some may be part-time. I sympathize, much of the country is terrible for employment right now and I wonder how people in many places are getting by, kudos to you that you are able to sell your house and move. I don't encourage everyone to come here but we definitely welcome new residents!

We are a mixed race couple (black & white) & not assuming anything, but do want to know is Nebraska is open minded?

Not as open in the smaller towns. Much of small town Nebraska is very conservative and is not used to mixed race couples let alone minorities. There are elderly people who grew up in a different generation where they were not used to people of different backgrounds. The bigger towns are going to be better, we are still a conservative state, probably best around here would be Kearney which is a college town.

We also have two children, 12 & 14, & (1 furry kid) So, how is the school system there?

Inner city schools in Hastings/Grand Island not so great so you might look into parochial schools, Kearney great from what I've heard, many of the small town schools/school districts are great with a lot of personal attention and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. As a state we definitely make education a priority, more so than in many other states. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the schools here!

also, one reason Nebraska is top of our list is employment. We heard there are jobs there... Is this true?

There are some, not a ton but people can usually find employment if they live here. We have been affected by the recession somewhat but not like in other states. Consequently, I think this would be a good place for someone to move to find a job but like everywhere they should find a job prior to moving.

Still learning, so few other questions...
What the average cost to rent a 3 bedroom house with a yard?

Probably in the $650-1000/month range. May even be more in Kearney (Kearney is expensive). Look in the Hub, Minden Courier, Holdrege Daily Citizen, Craigslist, contact local realtors to know if they have any listings. Housing is even more affordable further away from Kearney/the interstate but then you face a much longer commute and there are fewer jobs.

What cities/towns would you suggest?

Kearney for a city of about 30,000 or Minden/Holdrege for smaller town living with only about a half hour commute to Kearney, good schools, and less cost. If you want a much bigger city go to Lincoln or Omaha but this would not be my preference.

Do employers there actually talk to out-of-state applicates?

I'm sure they do particularly if they have a need for workers, Nebraskans by and large are very open and friendly, the out-of-state applicant will likely have to travel on their own dime to interview and an Arizona address on a resume might be a negative or raise questions about ability to move but this is something that would be faced anywhere.

How about things to do, what does Nebraska have?

What do you like to do? In Kearney there are many restaurants, theater (Merryman Performing Arts Center), movie theatres, golf courses, semi-professional hockey team the Tri-City Storm which is a lot of fun, UNK Sports. There are sports for the kids to play and there is a lot of parks and a 10 mile hike-bike trail going from the "Arch" to Cottonmill Park. There is a great library and also the Museum of Nebraska Art. There are different lakes to go to in the summer within a 100 to 200 mile drive (big lakes too check out Harlan, Calamus, and Lake McConaughy). The Rockies are about 350 miles away to go to in the summer or on a ski trip from time to time.

Minden has a gun club for shooting clay pigeons, golf course, small town sports, not a ton of restaurants. Holdrege has a few more restaurants, has a golf course, not sure about a gun club. Many people walk around town on a daily basis - Minden at least is very walking friendly.

Hunting is very big here and also fishing at Harlan.

Are most friendly there? (bad experience trying to make friends where we are now)

Depends. Small towns yes but some of the medium-sized towns as I like to call them might be cliquish, and the cities like anywhere aren't going to be quite as friendly. That said as a region I think we are a lot friendlier than in many other areas --> Southerners come across as the most friendly, Midwesterners (including Nebraska) second, with the Northeast and the Coasts coming in last place, the Mountain States seem like a mixed bag to me - any area with a lot of transplants/hurried lifestyle is not going to have very friendly people.

i think that bout covers it, thanks to anyone who responds & ps estimated ETA Feb 2012.

It may be fairly cold when you move - we could have one of our 0/-10 for 7 days in a row spells or it could be 50 degrees with a low of 30 at night or it could be our "normal" of about 36 degrees for a high and 12 degrees for a low. There also could be a snow although not usually a ton.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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Default About Your Dog

You may have trouble finding a place to rent particularly in Kearney. Not sure why that is but many people are strict about renting to individuals with a dog.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Thanks so much for the info
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Out in southwest NE is McCook, small town, 8000 people, good school and I think open minded about mixed relationships. Years ago maybe not. There are qite a few jobs here ranging in pay from 7.50 to 18.00 +/-.

Problem is there is a shortage on rentals but prices are reasonable and home prices are reasonable also.

North Platte is 69 miles north on I 80 and population is 25,000 so more opportunities.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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Omaha and Lincoln are Nebraska's two largest cities with 408,000 and 265,000 within the city limits and 865,000 and 302,000 in their metros respectively. They are close enough together were some industries consider them one region of over 1.2 million people (23 miles of empty fields apart). Entertaiment in this complex is very diverse with 3 of the nations top 100 festivals, a top 10 US concert venue, several music festivals that last for days, a nationally revelant indie-music scene with the top venue in the slowdown per rollingstone magazine, indoor football and UFL football, CWS, the worlds best zoo according to some, one of only a few hundred self-sustainable world cities according to the world cities bank, several performing arts centers including one where nationally touring acts go, several large casinos, large urban downtown etc.. The facilities in downtown are eye-popping, used and fund themselves.

Lots of jobs with a very large range of industries. There are 5 fortune 500 companies and 9 fortune 1000 (in the Omaha MSA)..

This is the large cities of Nebraska perspective, but there are many high quality mid-sized Nebraska cities like Grand Island, Hastings and Norfolk.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Thank you all, helpful info!
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