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Old 09-08-2015, 10:11 AM
 
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I'm a physician with a stay at home wife. We have 2 kiddos and two pups at home. I have a great job opportunity in Omaha, NE, but I'm not sure about the area. We don't have any family there (all of our family is in the Northeast).

What's it like to raise a family in Omaha?
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Omaha is consistently rated as one of the best cities to raise a family. There's plenty of family friendly activities all over and the area is safe as a whole.
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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As McBain II has said, Omaha is a very family-oriented city, with very reasonable housing costs and plenty for the kids to do.

Have you ever lived far from your family before? That's likely to be the biggest adjustment you'd face if you decide to take the job offer here. We do have a decent airport, though, so flights back to the northeast to visit family will be easy to arrange.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:35 PM
 
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People who are from Omaha love it and can't imagine anything better. People who come from elsewhere have a lot of growing pains they go through, and some adjust and others don't. Basically, a lot of bad behaviors are tolerated in Omaha, but it's not impossible to avoid that stuff if you stay vigilant. If I were you I'd visit first to see if it's for you.
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:21 AM
 
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I'm not the best expert on the subject but my family moved from the Twin Cities to Lincoln several years ago. We strongly considered Omaha but most of my job is in Lincoln so we live here.

That said we spent a lot of time considering Omaha. Now I am there weekly on business. My family goes there for recreation somewhat frequently (Zoo, specialty shopping, theater, College World Series, dining, flights). We also have close friends who live in the western suburbs of Omaha. So I feel I know a bit about the place.

If my career location were different I wouldn't hesitate to live in Omaha. Yes, there it is not perfect but overall it is a solid, if not overly exciting, place to raise a family.

As a prior poster said, the actual adjustment of the move may be the bigger challenge. Everyone adapts differently but some of my family were homesick for a year. All is good now but it was rough for a while.
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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People who are from Omaha love it and can't imagine anything better. People who come from elsewhere have a lot of growing pains they go through, and some adjust and others don't.
That's a very definitive and absolute statement that is easily refuted by many posts from newcomers on this very forum.

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Basically, a lot of bad behaviors are tolerated in Omaha, but it's not impossible to avoid that stuff if you stay vigilant.
And what are these "bad behaviors" you refer to?

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If I were you I'd visit first to see if it's for you.
Id say that's good advice for anyone considering a move to anywhere.
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Default Omaha a great place to raise a family?

Hi., Iím living in Florida and Iím planning to shift Omaha next year. So right now Iím gathering some information about how ďOmahaĒ is good to me and my family. Can someone guide me which is the best area to stay in Omaha?
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Hi., Iím living in Florida and Iím planning to shift Omaha next year. So right now Iím gathering some information about how ďOmahaĒ is good to me and my family. Can someone guide me which is the best area to stay in Omaha?
There is no single best area. Most of Omaha is fine (especially once you're east of about 50th Street). There are only a few truly bad pockets, and those are concentrated in a fairly small region of the northeast part of the city.

Like most places, housing prices are better the further out you go (which in Omaha generally means west or south) - but you'll be trading urban for suburban, which matters to some folks. Tell us where you and your spouse are gong to be working, and what amenities you're looking for, and we'll provide some suggestions.

Oh, and FYI, "Omaha" these days includes Elkhorn, Gretna, Ralston, La Vista, and Papillion for all practical purposes. So don't overlook these towns when you're looking for a spot to call home in the Omaha metropolitan area!
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