Why More Young People Are Moving to Nebraska

Starting in 1960, people began leaving rural areas of many states, including Nebraska. They preferred to start families in bigger cities like Omaha and Lincoln. Omaha has an economic influence over the whole state, probably because of its growing population and its place as the center for agriculture in Nebraska. Other auxiliary industries benefit from this are well – food associations, manufacturers, logistics companies.

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In 2021, Nebraska is ranked 6th in the top 10 states to live in (out of 50), according to a report from the US News. The ranking considered such factors as health care, education, economy, infrastructure, and others.

Nebraska, both rural and urban, is attracting young adults, and here are the reasons why.


Nebraska is one of the states with the cleanest air. According to IQAir, the AQI (Air Quality Index) of Omaha is 40 (good); Bellevue is 42 (good); Gretna is 44 (good); and Lincoln is 57 (moderate).

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Additionally, the Cornhusker State benefits from natural beauty. It is very picturesque and offers many outdoor activities suitable for people of all ages. Some of the stunning destinations you should consider traveling to are:

  • Toadstool Geological Park
  • Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari
  • Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
  • Cowboy Trail
  • Fort Falls
  • Henry Doorly Zoo

Once you start exploring Nebraska, not only will you get a good taste of nature, but you will also learn the fascinating history of the state and its people.

Job Opportunities

The unemployment rate in Nebraska is the lowest nationwide. Even though Nebraska’s primary industry is concentrated on farming and crop production, there are other developing sectors of activity such as IT, health care, construction, and retail. With agriculture holding the majority of the market, the rest are steadily developing. With this, newcomers can benefit from already many available facilities, such as nurseries, rentals, or even garage door repair services in Nebraska.

The state is suitable for both young professionals and families. And it holds a lot of opportunities for establishing new businesses as well, partly due to its central location.

Considering the current rise in popularity of remote jobs, Nebraska can accommodate young people looking for a calm place to live, whether they have a family or not.

Low Cost of Living

Housing in Nebraska is affordable for both home purchase and rent. And if you are considering relocating to the rural areas of the state, the rent is significantly lower than in urban areas. Utility expenses are also below the national average of 12.7 cents per kilowatt-hour. In Omaha’s vibrant city, the cost of living in a house is also lower than the national average. You can always compare your current location’s cost of living to another city. Nevertheless, living in Nebraska can be adjusted to your budget by selecting the property and location.

Local Сommunity

Having agriculture as the main economic driver, the communities that make up the state are hardworking and dedicated to maintaining a rural lifestyle. Communities in Nebraska tend to be close-knit and maintain a lifestyle that is slower in pace than other states in the union. If you are looking for a peaceful life or an escape from the city hustle, Nebraska is the right place for you.

Outdoor Activities

Have you heard of agritourism? Agritourism is where fun and farm meet. This includes excursions around the farms to master classes on wine or beer making. In the Cornhusker State, you can experience being a cowboy riding on horseback; you can become a farmer who harvests the crops; and it doesn’t stop there. Agritourism offers workshops on brewing, tasting, cooking, crafting, and much more.

If American history and culture is more your thing, in Nebraska you have the opportunity to participate in Native American powwow events.


There are 44 public and private colleges and universities in Nebraska—most of them are located in Lincoln and Omaha. Probably one of the most known colleges in the state is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It offers financial aid, scholarships, and grants to support its students who study full-time. The frequently chosen majors are:

  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Human Sciences

Another institution you need to know about is Creighton University. Just like the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, here you have a wide range of various majors to choose from. Moreover, it is considered one of the best colleges, and it has been No. 1 in the Midwest for 16 consecutive years. You will also experience Jesuit education, which promotes spiritual energy and unity. Students can join volunteer programs or participate in community service.

Weird Facts

Before moving to Nebraska, consider these interesting facts about Nebraska and its unique laws (though, they are largely unenforced). One such law requires Nebraskans to obtain a state license before giving a perm to their daughter. And sometimes, it is better to skip a church trip if your child has just eaten or feels sick because it is illegal to sneeze or burb during a church service.

If you have gonorrhea, be quick to treat it otherwise you won’t be allowed to get married. In Nebraska, if a bar wants to serve beer, they are required to also brew a kettle of soup. While these laws are almost never enforced, they do serve as a peek into the unique history that makes up the great State of Nebraska.


Nebraska is located in the center of the US. If you decide to move there, expect to breathe fresher air and eat more locally sourced food. To live in Nebraska means to experience a close-knit community founded on the hardworking attitude of local people who enjoy being close to nature. You might decide to start your own farm or help others with cattle and crops, or just participate in a harvest once in a while for a change.

City life is so fast-moving that we don’t always have time to enjoy the beauty around us, so Nebraska can definitely teach us how to live joyfully and pay attention to our surroundings. In 2021, the state offers a lot of job opportunities to develop your career and colleges to enroll in with a number of perspectives.

Nebraska is not all plains and cornfields. There are metropolitan areas in Omaha and Lincoln too. Combining bustling cities with the breathtaking beauty of rural plains, Nebraska has something for everyone.

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Stefan von Imhof is a travel writer and photographer. He loves going off the beaten path, exploring cities by foot and finding under-explored, hidden gems. After living in California for the past 15 years, he and his wife now live in Melbourne, Australia.

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