Located on the Missouri River, Omaha, Nebraska is the state’s largest city and the county seat of Douglas County. With an estimated 466,893 residents, Omaha is the nation’s 40th largest city. Today, Omaha is the home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies:
• Berkshire Hathaway
• Kiewit Corporation
• Mutual of Omaha
• Union Pacific Corporation
Omaha is also home to five Fortune 1000 companies as well as the largest private bank, First National Bank of Omaha.
Omaha was founded by neighboring speculators from across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1854. Crossing the river by ferry was a popular route in the country’s westward expansion and therefore, Omaha’s nickname became the “Gateway to the West.” Due to its central location in the country, Omaha is an important national transportation hub.
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There are a large number of public and private schools in Omaha of which more than 80 are public elementary and secondary schools in the Omaha Public School district. Most of these are neighborhood schools with nine high schools. There are eleven colleges and universities in Omaha’s higher education scene. They are:
• Metropolitan Community College – public
• University of Nebraska at Omaha – public
• University of Nebraska Medical Center – public
• Bellevue University – private
• Clarkson College – private
• College of St. Mary – private
• Creighton University – private
• Doane College – private
• Grace University – private
• Nebraska Christian College – private
• Nebraska Methodist College – private
Omaha’s Recreation & Parks
Omaha is home to more than 240 parks which encompass 11,000 acres of park land. Parks help to create a sense of community by bringing neighborhoods together. Relax, play, exercise, or just take in a little fresh air and enjoy nature.
View more about Omaha Parks here https://parks.cityofomaha.org/parks
Because it is located in the plains away from the influence of mountains or large bodies of water, Omaha is subject to extremely variable, humid continental weather during its four seasons. Its summers are hot and occasionally humid while its winters are cold and usually dry. Year-round temperatures range from 24.6°F and 77.6°F, on average, but have been known to fluctuate lower or higher than expectations.
Sports has been and remains today an important part of Omaha. Omaha has hosted the annual NCAA men’s college baseball tournament since 1950. There are presently three professional minor league sports teams in Omaha; soccer, baseball and ice hockey.
Omaha has a thriving exercise conscious community and maintains many miles of running and biking trails throughout the city. There are more than 80 miles of trails for pedestrians, runners, and bikers which include the American Discovery Trail, which cuts across all of the United States, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Annually in September, Omaha hosts a half-marathon and a 10K race.
Omaha has a rich history of rhythm and blues, and jazz music. Many famous and influential musicians and bands have their roots in Omaha such as the Cotton Club Boys and Lloyd Hunter’s Serenaders. Among the cities more famous talent are Rock & Roll pioneer Wynonie Harris, jazz great Preston Harris, and drummers Buddy Miles and Luigi Waites. Doug Ingle from the late 1960s band Iron Butterfly and indie folk singer-songwriter Elliott Smith were born in Omaha.
Omaha is a vibrant and diverse city with something for everyone.
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Omaha is divided into six different areas which cover several neighborhoods; Midtown, Downtown, East Omaha, West Omaha, North Omaha, and South Omaha. There is a large number of diverse neighborhoods in Omaha, from those with rich historical architecture, music venues, museums, suburban enclaves of doctors, lawyers, and business people, to new redevelopment for the younger crowd. Some of the city’s oldest homes are in the Prospect Hill neighborhood, where the pioneer cemetery of the same name also resides. Omaha’s international airport, Eppley Airport, resides in East Omaha. Florence and Fontenelle Boulevards were designed by Horace Cleveland in 1889. The beautiful boulevards were meant to create a continuous flow of flowers, grass, and trees.