Pros and cons of living in Omaha, Nebraska?
Pros: Henry Doorly Zoo, College World Series, Capitol District with fantastic bars and restaurants, Joslyn Art Museum, Burlington Station Museum, Omaha Children's Museum, hundreds of bars and restaurants with food of nearly every ethnicity you can think of. There are great places to shop, movie theaters galore and you cannot forget about the performing arts — Omaha Community Playhouse, the Orpheum Theatre and the Holland Performing Arts Center (the acoustics have to be experienced!). Lastly, Millard Public and Westside Public School districts in the western side of the city are two of the best, if not the best, schools in Nebraska.
Cons: traffic and constant road construction. The city has sprawled to the west and south and the interstate is now more in the center of town, so getting to those suburbs during rush hour is an exercise in patience. Taxes are high — the city has considered trying to impose its wheel tax on neighboring counties only to be told by the Unicameral they cannot (taxation without representation, duh). Now they are dealing with paying for and completing a federally mandated sewer upgrade for older sections of town. Omaha Public Schools is another problem. The school board is an embarrassment and they continually want to stick their hands into your pocketbook with no positive outcomes to show for it.
Do I live in Omaha? No, but I lived there for 22 years. We live in a little town north of the city, but are considering a move back into Omaha in a couple years when we retire, now that our kids are grown. I do work in the city so I am there every day.
If you are trying to decide if Omaha is the place for you, come visit. Join us for concerts at the CenturyLink Center and the CWS. Or maybe come for River City RoundUp, Septemberfest, Omaha Summer Arts Festival or a Taste of Omaha. We are always celebrating something and it is always a lot of fun!