The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Omaha For 2021

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Omaha are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Omaha.
Best Neighborhoods In Omaha

Omaha is known for a lot of things. It's Nebraska's biggest city, famous for steakhouses, mega-rich Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway, and being home to the College World Series. But you might not know that Omaha also has one of the premier zoos in the world, Henry Doorly Zoo, amazing sandwiches, like the runza and the reuben (sorry, New York, Omaha invented it!), and loads of live music to ensure you'll never get bored.

So we've established that Omaha is a great place to live, but where can you find the best neighborhoods? Well, by looking at census data and compiling our own SnackAbility scores for each neighborhood, we've found the neighborhoods that are sure to put a lasting smile on your face. The places with low crime, high salaries, nice homes, low unemployment, and an abundance of entertainment and activity. Determining which of these neighborhoods is the best for you and your situation comes down to priorities.

Do you want to live in a neighborhood with ritzy, expensive homes, where folks bring home big paychecks? Then South Central Omaha is where you want to go. Are history and affordability important to you? Florence has you covered, being one of the city's oldest locales and the only neighborhood on the list where you can snag a home for under $100,000. And if you want to be apart from the hustle and bustle of Omaha's downtown, Northwest Omaha is a safe bet.

Wherever you end up, know that you'll be living in a place where farm-to-fork culture is prevalent, so get ready for some healthy eating (interspersed with some of the best steaks you've ever tasted).
And don't count Omaha as part of "flyover country," because this hip young city is also emerging as one of America's new tech hot spots. Silicon Valley can step aside, because, with plenty of job opportunities and a more laid-back culture, Omaha is an easy choice for a young professional.

So just where are the best neighborhoods in Omaha? Get your order into Runza, get ready to talk investment strategy with Warren Buffet, and snag some tickets for this year's College World Series, because we're heading to the best neighborhoods Omaha has to offer.

We're not saying these are the only Omaha neighborhoods worth living in, but you'd better believe that a higher quality of life awaits you if you settle down in one. No matter where you end up, be sure to pay a visit to the troll that lives under Bob, a 3,000-foot pedestrian bridge floating over the Missouri River that connects more than 150 miles of hiking and biking trails. We promise it's worth your time.

While there are plenty of great neighborhoods to call home in Omaha, there can be only one gold medal winner. So what is the best neighborhood in Omaha for 2021? Looking at census data and our own SnackAbility scores, we've determined that Dundee is the very best neighborhood you can find in Omaha.

Surprised by which Omaha neighborhoods topped our list? Or are you a local who wants to see how your little slice of Omaha fared in our rankings? Check out the comprehensive rankings of Omaha neighborhoods below to find out.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Omaha

Population: 6,298
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $296,365 (Second best)
Median Income: $69,233 (Eighth best)
More on Dundee: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 11,071
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $230,379 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $72,774 (Sixth best)
More on Fairacres: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,165
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $147,219 (13th best)
Median Income: $34,052 (22nd best)
More on Cathedral: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,413
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $146,690 (14th best)
Median Income: $33,985 (23rd best)
More on Field Club: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 33,997
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $129,096 (16th best)
Median Income: $36,715 (2best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 7,172
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $111,076 (19th best)
Median Income: $40,336 (19th best)
More on Near South: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 40,073
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $199,799 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $58,956 (11th best)
More on Central: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 21,576
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $161,085 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $58,643 (12th best)
More on Ralston: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,917
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $127,689 (17th best)
Median Income: $54,890 (14th best)
More on Keystone: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 38,223
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $290,126 (Third best)
Median Income: $76,626 (Fifth best)
More on West Omaha: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Omaha, NE Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Omaha, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 23 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Omaha." We're lookin' at you, Dundee.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Omaha, Nebraska has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Omaha

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Omaha where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Omaha aren't all good. Florence takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Omaha.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Omaha For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Dundee 6,298 $296,365 $69,233
2 Fairacres 11,071 $230,379 $72,774
3 Cathedral 6,165 $147,219 $34,052
4 Field Club 3,413 $146,690 $33,985
5 Downtown 33,997 $129,096 $36,715
6 Near South 7,172 $111,076 $40,336
7 Central 40,073 $199,799 $58,956
8 Ralston 21,576 $161,085 $58,643
9 Keystone 4,917 $127,689 $54,890
10 West Omaha 38,223 $290,126 $76,626
11 Old Market 6,580 $72,349 $41,544
12 Westside 2,346 $190,189 $103,819
13 Southeast Omaha 73,909 $107,391 $45,019
14 Millard 21,911 $189,348 $82,944
15 Northwest Omaha 50,085 $149,921 $63,381
16 South Central Omaha 3,899 $351,715 $90,147
17 Benson 8,646 $111,196 $39,809
18 Holy Cross 5,259 $149,133 $58,275
19 Southwest Omaha 41,418 $162,630 $84,873
20 North Omaha 86,948 $105,149 $41,793
21 Rockbrook 5,265 $232,682 $65,146
22 Aksarben 5,421 $136,769 $53,419
23 Florence 490 $88,009 $70,517

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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