Situated among the rolling hills along the west bank of the Missouri River, the city was named after the Omaha tribe, which means "Dwellers on the bluff." The Omaha were one of the many local Native American groups that lived in the area since the 1600's. Founded on July 4, 1854, Omaha played a pivotal role in the Westward migration of the 1800's and in the development of the transcontinental railroad, which allowed the city to boom as a river and railroad transportation center. Omaha continues to this day as one of the economically strongest US cities.
Today the Omaha metropolitan area has approximately 930,000 citizens and has been rated as one of the top 10 US cities for quality of living, low living expenses, recreational opportunities and economic vibrancy. Omaha is listed in over a dozen "Top Rankings Lists" nationwide. Omaha has excellent educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities:
- Omaha Symphony
- Opera Omaha
- College World Series
- Old Market
- Joslyn Art Museum
- Durham Museum
- Omaha Community Playhouse
- Henry Doorly Zoo
Omaha is also known for its variety and quality of restaurants and live music venues. Near Omaha are several scenic areas such as the Loess Hills, Fontenelle Forest, DeSoto Bend Wildlife Refuge, the sixty mile Wabash Trace Nature Trail (a top-rated bike & hiking trail), several state park recreational areas and over 150 miles of urban trails to explore. Omaha has a small town feeling, but with big city opportunities. If you can't find anything to do in Omaha, you aren't looking hard enough!
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