Omaha is located on the eastern border of Nebraska and Council Bluffs is located on the western border of Iowa. The cities are centrally located roughly two hours north of Kansas City, MO and west of Des Moines, IA. With a population of approximately 928,000 and a cost of living that is 11% below the national average, the metro area has much to offer its younger and older residents alike whether they are working, playing, or giving back to their communities.
If smaller town living is more your style, there are plenty of options in both Nebraska and Iowa. Our company, based in Treynor, IA, is located 12 miles east of the metro area. With a population of almost 1,000 residents and a highly ranked school system, it is just one of several communities that offer an alternative to “city” living.
Whatever your preference may be, the area has been called home to many legends including Gerald Ford, Warren Buffet, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Malcom X, Nick Nolte, Andy Roddick, Gabrielle Union and Nicholas Sparks to name a few.
In addition to a strong agricultural base, five Fortune 500 companies are based here. The reliable infrastructure, affordable housing, and skilled workforce are a few of the reasons numerous technology companies and others have operations and offices here including Google, PayPal, TD Ameritrade, First Data, ACI Worldwide, Union Pacific, Yahoo, Fidelity Investments and many more. Berkshire Hathaway calls Omaha home as well and its annual shareholder meeting draws tens of thousands to the area each year. With a workforce of almost 10,000 people here, Offutt Air Force Base is headquarters for the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and houses the largest Air Combat wing.
Educational opportunities abound with 19 colleges and universities. Omaha is also home to the nationally recognized University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Creighton University Medical Center.
With ample hunting ground, hiking and biking trails, nature preserves, forests, lakes and rivers, there is always opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The beautiful Loess Hills Byway in Iowa is a 225-mile stretch of scenic roadway perfect for a casual drive. Or you can visit the Henry Doorly Zoo, now the #1 ranked zoo in the nation by Trip Advisor in 2014.
The area also provides plenty to choose from in the way of professional and college sports. Omaha has long been the home to baseball’s College World Series, the Omaha Lancers (hockey) and the Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A baseball affiliate of Kansas City). The city also hosts the U.S. Senior Open, the U.S. Olympic Swim trials, the World Grand Prix of Volleyball, and the International Horse Jumping competition.
Not an outdoors or sports buff? Then take in the Old Market Area with its unique shops and restaurants, or the area’s theaters, music venues, and art and historical museums. Enjoy the redevelopment that has occurred in the downtown Council Bluffs business and entertainment districts or the riverfront development including Hanafan Park. World-class entertainment performs regularly in the area and Omaha was rated #9 of the Top 10 Food Cities by Livability in 2014. Thriving new and old neighborhoods and numerous cultural festivals round out the opportunity to get out and about.
This is merely the beginning! Contact us today for additional information if you are interested in learning more about the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro or surrounding areas.