Omaha, Nebraska Education and City Information

Omaha, Nebraska, is home to Creighton University, the top-ranked regional university in the Midwest. Additionally, this growing city serves as the headquarters for several Fortune 500 companies.

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Information about Omaha, Nebraska

The city of Omaha, Nebraska, added to its population, increasing from 408,958 residents in April 2010 to an estimated 446,599 in July 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. This makes Omaha the largest city in the state.

As a resident or visitor to Omaha, you can enjoy opera, theater and symphony performances and explore art galleries throughout the city. Outdoor activities also are abundant, with parks and forests in the city limits as well as access to rivers and lakes. A big draw for the city is the College World Series of Omaha, held each June at TD Ameritrade Park. In addition to featuring the country's best college baseball teams, this event includes a fan festival, national music acts, fireworks and other activities.

Omaha Educational Opportunities

In addition to ranking Creighton University the top regional school in the Midwest for 2016, U.S. News & World Report named the university the second best value school in the region. This private school also was recognized as having the Midwest's third best undergraduate teaching program, and its graduate occupational and physical therapy programs were ranked 25th and 15th, respectively.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is the largest school in the area, with a student population of just over 15,200 students in Fall 2014. In 2016, several of the university's graduate public affairs programs were nationally ranked by U.S. News, including city management and urban policy (15th), nonprofit management (12th), public finance and budgeting (6th), and public management administration (19th).

Other colleges and universities in the area include Clarkson College, the College of Saint Mary, Grace University, the Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health, and Metropolitan Community College.

Omaha Economy and Industry

The city's economy was founded on the meat packing and transportation industries along the Missouri River. Today, meat packing and transportation are still important, but other industries also have become mainstays of the financial health of Omaha.

There are four Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the city, including conglomerate holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Union Pacific Corp., contractor Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc. and Mutual of Omaha Insurance.

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