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Old 09-26-2008, 11:26 PM
 
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I am moving to the Omaha area and wondering which is better Omaha or Glenwood Iowa .
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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Really depends if you like city life or not. When I lived in Omaha, we came down to Glenwood a couple times for a quiet picnic in their park. It seemed like a nice town. You can get all your basics in Glenwood, but if you want major shopping options you would head up to the Bluffs or Omaha, which isn't far. If I remember right that had a nice hospital too.
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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Omaha is probably the fastest growing city in the country, and small towns dont grow. If you like it nice and quiet, where everybody knows everybody, Id say Glenwood. If you want city life, then your choice should be obvious.
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Omaha is the fastest growing city in the country? That's not true.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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And Small Towns definitely do grow, plus Glenwood has about 7,000 people now so you won't know everyone.
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Old 09-28-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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Omaha is the fastest growing city in the country? That's not true.
Go to another city and see if anybody is building and increasing the population as rapidly as Omaha. Most of the larger cities have decreasing populations, but Omaha seems to keep going up steadily. An example for you is your home town compared to Omaha...

Des Moines

Historical populations Census Pop.
1860 3,965—
1870
12,035 203.5%
1880 22,408 86.2%
1890 50,093 123.5%
1900 62,139 24%
1910 86,368 39%
1920
126,468 46.4%
1930 142,559 12.7%
1940 159,819 12.1%
1950 177,965 11.4%
1960 208,982 17.4%
1970 200,587 −4%
1980 191,003 −4.8%
1990 193,187 1.1%
2000 198,682 2.8%
Est. 2007 196,998 −0.8%




Omaha

Historical populations Census Pop.
1860 1,883 —
1870
16,083 754.1%
1880 30,518 89.8%
1890 140,452 360.2%
1900 102,555 −27%
1910
124,096 21%
1920
191,061 54%
1930 214,006 12%
1940 223,844 4.6%
1950 251,117 12.2%
1960 301,598 20.1%
1970
346,929 15%
1980 313,939 −9.5%
1990
335,795 7%
2000 390,007 16.1%
Est. 2007
432,921 11%

This information was pulled from wikipedia
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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If you count metro areas, Omaha is not close to being one of the fastest growing cities. Even Des Moines' metro is outpacing Omaha's on a percentage growth basis. Omaha proper does great at population growth due to liberal annexation policies but is outpaced by major core cities such as Charlotte, Vegas and Fort Worth, Texas. There are numerous small to mid-sized cities experiencing faster growth rates from 2000-2007, based on Census Bureau estimates.

This is not meant to slight Omaha's growth, just the untrue statement that Omaha is the nation's fastest growing city.
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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As for metro, Des Moines is growing faster both Percentagely and Numerically.
Omaha is estimated to have grown 62,849 from 767,041 to 829,890
Des Moines is estimated to have grown 65,205 from 481,394 to 546,599
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: SW Iowa
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Glenwood resident here!

As others have said, if you're looking for city-life, then Omaha is the obvious choice. If you want quiet, small-town life, then go with Glenwood.

A bit about Glenwood:

- We have a good school system, and a new high school is currently under construction. It should done by next school year. It should be a great facility.
- Most people who live here make the commute to Omaha for work every day.
- Omaha/CB is close enough that its easy to go shopping or whatever.
- There seemed to be a lot of growth here awhile back, but it has slowed down lately. I think we're getting close to 6,000 or so.
- The people are generally nice, and we're used to newcomers, so I'm sure your neighbors would make you feel at home.
- Personally, I feel like this is a great community, and I have loved living here, but I'll be moving to the Des Moines/Ames area in a few months.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:54 PM
 
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I'm from the Glenwood area too (now in Des Moines). Glenwood is a nice town. I still have family there and visit often. One thing great is the explosion of retail in Council Bluffs. Instead of driving all the way out to west Omaha for Best Buy or other stores, Council Bluffs has most of them now. Everything is within 15/20 minutes now of Glenwood. It's also very scenic. The bluffs in that area are amazing. Go check it out and see what you think. There are also smaller towns nearby that are quite nice, like Treynor, Tabor and Malvern.
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