The 10 Best Omaha Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed the places around Omaha to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Omaha suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Omaha are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Omaha for 2021:

  1. Gretna
  2. Papillion
  3. Bartlett
  4. La Vista
  5. Valley
  6. Ralston
  7. Bellevue
  8. Ashland
  9. Blair
  10. Glenwood

What's the best suburb of Omaha? Gretna ranks as the best suburb of Omaha for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Gretna, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Omaha 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Nebraska:

The 10 Best Omaha Suburbs To Live For 2021

Gretna, NE

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Population: 5,037
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,103
Unemployment Rate: 0.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
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Gretna is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Omaha area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Gretna."

Everyone here is rich; families average $83,103 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Omaha region. And only 0.32% are out of work. Homes average more than $185,500 each.

Papillion, NE

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Population: 20,423
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,619
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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Papillion is the second best 'burb we looked at near Omaha for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 3.81% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

3. Bartlett

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Population: 41,120
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,592
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Here in Bartlett, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Omaha metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Bartlett.

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,078
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $68,551
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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La Vista ranks as the 4th best suburb of Omaha for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in La Vista and the schools are some of the best around.

Valley, NE

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Population: 2,773
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $72,500
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Valley.

Valley gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Omaha area, where houses sell for an average of $248,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,321
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $62,816
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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Ralston is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.45% which is 9th best in the area.

According to online reports, Ralston is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Omaha area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,324
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $65,308
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bellevue.

Bellevue schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 9.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Ashland, NE

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Population: 2,523
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $54,135
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 12.9%
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Ashland is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.64% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.

Blair, NE

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Population: 7,781
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $51,056
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 14.5%
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Is 'Everything Better In Blair?'


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Glenwood, IA

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Population: 5,326
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,930
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 15.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Glenwood.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Omaha for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Omaha was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Omaha.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 15 suburbs to evaluate around Omaha.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Omaha." We're lookin' at you, Gretna. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Omaha 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Omaha, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Omaha Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Gretna, NE 5,037 $83,103
2 Papillion, NE 20,423 $80,619
3 Bartlett, NE 41,120 $108,592
4 La Vista, NE 17,078 $68,551
5 Valley, NE 2,773 $72,500
6 Ralston, NE 7,321 $62,816
7 Bellevue, NE 53,324 $65,308
8 Ashland, NE 2,523 $54,135
9 Blair, NE 7,781 $51,056
10 Glenwood, NE 5,326 $61,930
11 Council Bluffs, NE 62,355 $53,524
12 Plattsmouth, NE 6,448 $50,390
13 Fremont, NE 26,437 $49,474
14 Missouri Valley, NE 2,640 $46,250
15 Carter Lake, NE 3,796 $58,839

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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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