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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
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".
- 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
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