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Old 07-23-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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Hi I currently live in Western Massachusetts and am currently thinking of relocating to a new state for a fresh start. Omaha is on the top of my list. I was wondering if anyone could help me with information about Omaha. I am single with no kids, but my best friend does have kids and is considering moving as well.

I can look up all the statistics I want online, but it isn't going to tell me the real story from the people. Things I'm taking into mind are: employment, salary, cost of rent or owning your home, crime, colleges, average cost of shopping, and entertainment are all towards the top of my list.

Any information you can provide that can help me make this decision is appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, NE
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Run, RUN far away!! You don't want to come to Omaha. The crime here is getting out of control!!! The humidity is outrageous and the heat will make you want to stay indoors until midnight. Of course once it is midnight you can go outside and stand there without any issues, but if you get active doing something you'll sweat to death from the humidity if a bullet doesn't take you down first from the damn gang bangers and their 15yr old side kicks. This town is going down in a hurry. Just last week a 15yr old held a ice cream man up at gun point. Took his cash AND his ice cream truck! Couple days after that a couple bodies were found dumped outside the zoo. The police are STILL trying to figure out where they were murdered at. Seriously.....go to SD or ND instead! Much nicer people and a better climate!
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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Hi I currently live in Western Massachusetts and am currently thinking of relocating to a new state for a fresh start. Omaha is on the top of my list. I was wondering if anyone could help me with information about Omaha. I am single with no kids, but my best friend does have kids and is considering moving as well.

I can look up all the statistics I want online, but it isn't going to tell me the real story from the people. Things I'm taking into mind are: employment, salary, cost of rent or owning your home, crime, colleges, average cost of shopping, and entertainment are all towards the top of my list.

Any information you can provide that can help me make this decision is appreciated.
BrianGuy forgot to take his meds today.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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BrianGuy also forgot how to spell "Bellevue" his current location!
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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Run, RUN far away!! You don't want to come to Omaha. The crime here is getting out of control!!! The humidity is outrageous and the heat will make you want to stay indoors until midnight. Of course once it is midnight you can go outside and stand there without any issues, but if you get active doing something you'll sweat to death from the humidity if a bullet doesn't take you down first from the damn gang bangers and their 15yr old side kicks. This town is going down in a hurry. Just last week a 15yr old held a ice cream man up at gun point. Took his cash AND his ice cream truck! Couple days after that a couple bodies were found dumped outside the zoo. The police are STILL trying to figure out where they were murdered at. Seriously.....go to SD or ND instead! Much nicer people and a better climate!


Enjoy those Dakota winters, I guess...

OP, take posts like this with a grain of salt!
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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BrianGuy forgot to take his meds today.
Yeah, and weren't those people outside the zoo a drug overdose?

Krystabela, let me address your concerns.

Employment/Salary: Unemployment is low in Omaha. You probably won't have much trouble finding a job. Salaries are generally pretty good considering the cost of living.

Renting/Owning: Again, very reasonable, especially to the east of about 95th Street.

Crime
: Average for a city our size. There are really only a couple parts that should be avoided no matter what. Beyond that, a little research (I.E; ask us and we can tell you ) will help you avoid any rough areas.

Colleges: University of Nebraska-Omaha (aka UNO) and Creighton are top notch. Metro Community College is pretty good as well.

Cost of Shopping: Again, pretty reasonable.

Entertainment: We have plenty of it. No matter what your tastes, you should be able to find something.
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: West Omaha
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Omaha is really a hidden gem in my opinion. Its much larger than most people who have never visited think, its the home of many large businesses, it has a diverse economy, low cost of living, and very competitive salaries. Below are just a few articles that shed some "objective" light on the Omaha Metro.

Forbes: Metro a great place to live - Omaha.com

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities - Yahoo! Real Estate

Yahoo! Finance - Financially Fit (http://financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/article-108408-3534-0-cities-where-americans-are-getting-richer-html?ywaad=ad0035 - broken link)
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Bellevue, NE
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BrianGuy forgot to take his meds today.

LOL, thanks a lot!! Geez! The day I wrote that post was the day that my AC was out in the apartment I live in, 95+ degrees out, incredibly humid, got rear ended by someone who took off and left me to pay for the slight damage, turned on the news at lunch time to learn about yet ANOTHER murder.....it was just one of those days. I won't lie, I wish I was in SD. But Omaha I guess isn't that bad especially if you stay way out west. There are tons of new Hearthstone and Celebrity neighborhoods that have good people living in them. I guess crime will be everywhere at any given time....just a fact of reality.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, NE
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Hi I currently live in Western Massachusetts and am currently thinking of relocating to a new state for a fresh start. Omaha is on the top of my list. I was wondering if anyone could help me with information about Omaha. I am single with no kids, but my best friend does have kids and is considering moving as well.

I can look up all the statistics I want online, but it isn't going to tell me the real story from the people. Things I'm taking into mind are: employment, salary, cost of rent or owning your home, crime, colleges, average cost of shopping, and entertainment are all towards the top of my list.

Any information you can provide that can help me make this decision is appreciated.
Employment is a mixed bag: there are jobs, but most of them aren't worth it. Mostly unskilled service jobs.

Your best friend's kids will probably not have a lot to do. They'll either be unhealthily obsessed with sports or with the internet.

Crime? Avoid north Omaha and much of south omaha.

Entertainment is severely lacking in this place. Most people just go to bars on their time off.

If you're single, don't expect to find the love of your life here. The female populace is subpar, most have no sense of style nor do they really take care of themselves, for the most part.

You should probably stick near the coast or try the west coast instead. If you're dying for something more midwest, try North Dakota. Denver might be a better choice than Omaha, though, too.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, NE
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UNO doesn't really have much of a campus culture, either. People basically go to classes there, then leave. I never socialized with anyone there in the two years I was there. Mostly seemed to be hipsters and the typical college weenies, though there were a few chicks there I regret not hitting on.

Though the comp sci and psych departments aren't too bad.
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