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Omaha at a Glance

Moving to Omaha

Omaha is a city of contrasts, with many millionaires but still many people living below the poverty line. Make sure you are well prepared for your move to Omaha by reading up on the city and its climate, as well how to best find accommodation in Omaha.

About Omaha

Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska, a Midwestern state bordered by Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. It is also the 42nd largest city in the United States by population numbers. Omaha and its surrounding urban area are home to around 450,000 people, a population that has been steadily growing since the city’s foundation in 1804. Its site is the traditional homeland of the federally acknowledged Omaha tribe, located on the banks of the Missouri river.

Plenty of famous figures were born or raised in and around Omaha, including Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Malcolm X, and Gerard R. Ford.

Climate in Omaha

The summers in Omaha are hot and humid, with the average July temperature being around 77°F (25°C). The Nebraskan countryside surrounding the city is flat and grassy with many prairies. The city is part of the United States’ infamous Tornado Alley.

Winters are dry and cold, and if you are moving to Omaha from a warmer climate it could be a shock. Temperatures can reach below zero and there is often heavy snowfall from November through March. It is important that you always dress warmly during this season — wearing an appropriate thick coat and waterproof boots. On some days there will be strong snowstorms and it is advised not to go outside, and sometimes you will need to protect your face from the wind so as not to catch frostbite.

Finding Accommodation in Omaha

It is worth keeping an eye on the housing section on the Omaha eBay Classifieds site. There are people renting out and selling apartments in a number of different areas and a number of different price ranges. It would be wise to search in advance, and to prepare to travel to Omaha at least a few times to attend apartment or house viewings. You should also budget costs for staying in a hotel and transporting your possessions while you look for a permanent place to live.

The cost of living is low in Omaha, compared to other parts of the United States. For this reason, depending on where you are moving to Omaha from, you may be surprised when you see some of the price ranges. Nevertheless, if you are a younger person or a low earner, it could also be worth doing some online networking to look for roommates. The added advantage of this is that you already get access to friends and social contacts in Omaha!

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