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Old 08-09-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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I had been told that Omaha had fit my criteria for a good place to move for myself in the general forum. While if I get the job I am looking at I will take it regardless. This was the criteria I was looking for:

Decent cost of living
Low crime
Low unemployment
Affordable rent
Not horrible weather 24/7
Decent art scene
Progressive and at least somewhat liberal
Somewhere that is growing
Open-minded people
LGBTQ friendly
Live music venues

and then I read a thread in another city forum saying it's too conservative
Ready to leave Omaha...

Thoughts?
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Decent cost of living - Omaha has recently been ranked on of the lowest!

Low crime- going by 2010 data omaha is ranked 17th safest out of 74 cities of 250k or more.(for violent crime)

Low unemployment - Omaha was also just ranked as the city with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation!

Affordable rent - goes with cost of living, rent is below average here.

Not horrible weather 24/7 - Subjective, but overall Omaha has rather nice weather.

Decent art scene Omaha Arts Guide

Progressive and at least somewhat liberal, any large city is going to be "somewhat liberal"

Somewhere that is growing - Omaha has grown every decade it has existed other than two (1900, 1980).

Open-minded people - debatable
LGBTQ friendly - again debatable, some are open, others outright hateful.

Live music venues - Redsky, MAHA Music Festival , Sokol Underground
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:20 PM
 
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As a whole, i wouldnt really consider Omaha as conservative at all. Outside of omaha? Yes definitely.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:11 AM
 
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Omaha is growing and has a good economy (low unemployment, low cost of living).

Weather? It's okay if you don't mind occasional extremes or severe weather.

Arts and music? Quite a few options for a city this size. For live music check out the Benson area, the Sokol, Centurylink center for big venues, Jazz on the green, etc. The Joslyn is a good art museum. There is also the Bemis art center. The old market area has quite a few galleries.

Progressive/Liberal? As a whole, no. I'd say overall Omaha is moderate. Certain parts of the city tend to be more liberal particularly the eastern half of the city. I'm not sure how open minded people are in Omaha but they seem pretty tolerable. There is a sizable LGBT scene and the city recently passed an ordinance to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation/identity. Like the rest of the country, I assume attitudes here are changing/progressing. Conservatives in Omaha tend to be more concerned with fiscal issues than social ones (quite a few business people) but of course there are always exceptions.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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I would say many areas of Omaha east of 72nd St are not conservative at all. Areas such as Benson, Dundee, Midtown, and Downtown. These areas also fit a lot of the other criteria you are looking for (rent could be slightly higher depending on where you look).
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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As a whole, i wouldnt really consider Omaha as conservative at all. Outside of omaha? Yes definitely.
omaha is very liberal.


the media is very liberal. so is the Omaha Public School board


even most churches in omaha are very liberal
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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Decent cost of living - Omaha has recently been ranked on of the lowest!

Low crime- going by 2010 data omaha is ranked 17th safest out of 74 cities of 250k or more.(for violent crime)

Low unemployment - Omaha was also just ranked as the city with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation!

Affordable rent - goes with cost of living, rent is below average here.

Not horrible weather 24/7 - Subjective, but overall Omaha has rather nice weather.

Decent art scene Omaha Arts Guide

Progressive and at least somewhat liberal, any large city is going to be "somewhat liberal"

Somewhere that is growing - Omaha has grown every decade it has existed other than two (1900, 1980).

Open-minded people - debatable

LGBTQ friendly - again debatable, some are open, others outright hateful.

Live music venues - Redsky, MAHA Music Festival , Sokol Underground


omaha has a low crime problem? tell that to North Omaha than
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Thanks for the input everyone, I'm really hoping I get the job. Seems like the area would be a good fit for me.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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As a whole Omaha is definitely more moderate. It really just follows the typical formula of liberal city conservative suburbs. But, its mostly a live and let live attitude, so we hope you'll be happy here!
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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omaha has a low crime problem? tell that to North Omaha than
Every city has it's hot spots. Anytime you cherry pick you can make things look however you want. Otherwise Omaha has been in the upper third of safest cities over 250k in population for a long time.
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