By Darrell Bryant
Over the past 30 years, I’ve come to love living and working in Omaha.
It’s the Goldilocks of U.S. cities—large enough to have everything you need and keep you entertained, yet small enough to have a safe, small-town vibe.
If you’re on the lookout for a new place to call home, here are five reasons why Omaha gets my vote.
1. People Are Extra Friendly
Unlike big cities where everyone is always in a rush, Omaha still has a laid-back, stop-and-talk-to-your-neighbor kind of vibe.
It’s also great for raising little ones. Out of the 100 biggest metro areas, Forbes ranked Omaha the 7th best city for raising a family. (1)
2. It’s Safe
Speaking of a friendly environment, Omaha is a safe place to live.
During all my time in Omaha, I have never felt uneasy or threatened. Despite its size, people tend to watch out for each other like one big family.
I appreciate that people still wave to one another in my neighborhood, say hello to strangers in the Old Market, and are polite enough to hold the door for one another.
3. Healthcare Is Top-Notch
We have some impressive hospitals here in Omaha, including the Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, and Creighton University Medical Center.
The best part is that healthcare costs are 27.5% lower in Omaha compared to the national average. (2) Don’t get me wrong—if you live anywhere in the U.S., healthcare is ridiculously expensive. But at least in Omaha you know you’re paying less than in most other cities.
4. There’s No Shortage Of Delicious Restaurants
The food scene in Omaha will have your taste buds dancing.
Omaha is known for its succulent steaks and burgers, so if you’re a meat fan, you’ll feel right at home. Some of my favorite restaurants are Tavern 180, The Boiler Room, and The Grey Plume.
That said, there’s something for non-carnivores as well. You can find delicious vegan options all over the place, with my favorite being Modern Love.
5. Your Money Goes Further
Living in Omaha lets you experience city comforts without the big-city price tag. In fact, you can expect to pay 8% lower than the national average. (3)
Although people do sometimes complain about our high taxes, keep in mind that we have a lot of roads and streets that need upkeep; since Omaha isn’t a huge city, we have fewer people splitting the bill. However, that also means we have the whole place to ourselves!
My favorite thing about the low cost of living is that it leaves plenty of money in the budget to invest and save for retirement.
Speaking of which, how is your retirement plan looking?
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Darrell Bryant, CFS®, CAS® is Omaha’s Retirement Strategist. As the founder of D. Bryant Retirement Strategies, he focuses on helping individuals and couples nearing retirement do so successfully. Along with more than 30 years of experience, he received the Certified Fund Specialist (CFS®) designation and a Certified Annuity Specialist (CAS®) designation from the Institute of Business & Finance. Passionate about helping as many people as possible in his community, he hosts Retirement Strategies Radio, heard Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. on 1110 KFAB. He has also written articles on financial planning that have been featured on Fortune.com, FoxBusiness.com, Money.com, and in the Midland Business Journal. To learn more, visit his blog, his website, or connect with him on LinkedIn.