Moving to Nebraska

Are You Moving From or To Nebraska?

With fifty different states to chose from, it is difficult to know where to start when you think about relocating in the USA. North, east, south or west, every state has something wonderful to offer, should you choose to accept it. How about the midwest? How about Nebraska?

Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north, Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River, Kansas to the south, Colorado to the southwest and Wyoming to the west. Its state capital is Lincoln, and its largest city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River.

Home to 1.9million people, Nebraska is sandwiched between South Dakota and Kansas from north to south; with Wyoming and Colorado to the west, Iowa, and Missouri to the east. This very neighbourly state is transected by Route 80, connecting you to the rest of the country. From ranches to urban destinations to unusual roadside attractions, Nebraska has something that will delight everyone. Nicknamed the Cornhusker State, Nebraska has a lot to offer.

The Nebraska landscape holds some fascinating attractions for those who take the time to explore it, from Chimney Rock to the beautiful scenery of the Sandhills. Lincoln, the state capitol, and Omaha are the two main population centers. The bluffs along the Missouri River in northeastern Nebraska offer natural beauty with miles of densely wooded areas and pristine waterfalls, while central Nebraska’s tallgrass prairies and scattered woodlands preserve the state’s homesteading heritage.

If you’re moving to Nebraska, there are a lot of things you’re going to need to know. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place.

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Pros and Cons of Living in Nebraska

Here are a few pros and cons to consider as you make your move to The Cornhusker State:

Pros.

1.Education: The state is ranked 9th overall in the nation when taking into consideration cost of tuition, debt after graduation, quality of education, graduation rates, etc. The state also has over 20 universities.
2.Economic opportunities: The state is not only ranked 5th for affordability, it’s also top-ranked in economic opportunity. The state’s booming economy, fueled mostly by agriculture (and its varying subsidiaries), has led to a lower poverty rate than the surrounding states and more opportunities for everyone.
3.Omaha: Ranked among the best places to live in the country, Omaha deserves its own spot on this list.

Cons.

1.Location: The location is not ideal for some. It’s pretty far removed from any oceans and major mountain ranges.

2.Weather: Nebraska sees some of the highest numbers of tornados of any state.

3.High crime rate: Though the state has low incidences of violent crime, it does experience high rates of petty theft and car theft, particularly in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas.

4.Wacky laws: There are some bizarre laws in every state, including Nebraska.

Tax Rates

The Nebraska (NE) state sales tax rate is currently 5.5%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 7.5%, but food and prescription drugs are exempt.

Housing Market

The typical home value of homes in Nebraska is $205,231. This value is seasonally adjusted and only includes the middle price tier of homes.

What Should I Know In 2020?

Economy Outlook

The Nebraska economy is in transition. It is characterized more and more as a service economy (transportation and public utilities; trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; services; and government sectors) and less and less as a goods producing economy (agriculture, construction, and manufacturing).

Agriculture is the #1 industry in Nebraska and cattle production represents the largest segment of the industry. It’s the engine that powers the state’s economy with over $6.5 billion in cattle sales each year. In short, the beef cattle industry has an unmistakable impact on almost everyone in Nebraska.

The state’s economy has contracted sharply this spring, with a spike in unemployment and revenue losses for businesses. Nebraska employment is expected to drop 2.4% in 2020 compared to 2019, with non-farm personal income falling 0.8% and farm income declining 22.6%.

Nebraska has less employment in travel and tourism than the nation and is not focused on motor vehicle or oil production. Nebraska also has a larger share of employment in the essential industries of food production and processing, and industries such as finance and insurance, where there is more potential to work from home.

Among individual industries, retail trade employment is expected to decline 3.9% in 2020, with employment bouncing back at a 2.4% pace in 2021. Retail employment is projected to fall 0.5% in 2022, continuing the industry’s long-run trend of job loss.

Services employment, which accounts for 40% of all Nebraska jobs, is expected to decline 3.6% in 2020, with most severe job loss occurring in restaurants, lodging, and personal services. Service industry employment is projected to grow 3.1% in 2021 and another 2.5% in 2022, allowing the industry to regain its role as the engine of Nebraska job growth.

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Traffic & Transportation

Due to the rural nature of Nebraska, you will definitely want to rent a car if you hope to do any kind of exploration outside the cities. There is virtually no public transportation to help you get between the towns and without a car you will pretty much be stuck in one place. Even within a city like Omaha or Lincoln, a car will easily pay for itself in terms of convenience and taxi fares since the city bus network caters to the locals rather than the tourists. Fortunately, it’s no problem finding a rental car from most major American outfits at the airport or in downtown Omaha or Lincoln.

If you need a taxi, you’ll only find them in the largest cities like Omaha and Lincoln. They are a good value considering no destination within Omaha takes more than a few minutes to reach.

The train is only useful to get into Nebraska from destinations to the east and west. The Amtrak’s popular California Zephyr line runs right through the middle of the state every day on its way from San Francisco to Chicago. Only Omaha and Lincoln have city bus systems. Lincoln’s StarTran covers a number of main points around the capital, while Omaha’s Metro Area Transit is useful for getting between the zoo and downtown.

Cost of living

Omaha, Nebraska’s cost of living is 8% lower than the national average. The cost of living in any area can vary based on factors such as your career, its average salary, and the real estate market of that area.

Omaha’s housing expenses are 11% lower than the national average and the utility prices are 14% lower than the national average. Transportation expenses like bus fares and gas prices are 8% lower than the national average. Median home price $308,136 Media rent $965.26, Omaha has grocery prices that are 6% lower than the national average. Healthcare in Omaha is 1% higher than the national average.

Family of four estimated monthly costs are 3,255.64$ without rent
A single person estimated monthly costs are 928.41$ without rent.
Cost of living index in Omaha is 29.89% lower than in New York.
Rent in Omaha is, on average, 68.54% lower than in New York.

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Things to Know When Moving to Nebraska

Nebraska Climate

Nebraska has a humid continental type of climate in the east and semi-arid in the west. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are cold and icy.

Employment

The average employee salary for the State of Nebraska in 2020 was $49,205. This is 20.2 percent lower than the national average for government employees and 13.0 percent lower than other states.

Real Estate

The Nebraska housing market is hard to predict. The median list price in Nebraska is $349,900 and the average price per square foot is $121.

Average Income

As of Feb 3, 2021, the average annual pay for the Average jobs category in Nebraska is $65,465 an year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $31.47 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,259/week or $5,455/month.

Industries

Agribusiness and Food Processing. Biosciences. Advanced Manufacturing. Renewable Energy. Financial Services. IT and Data Services. Health and Medical Services. Business Services

Crime Rankings

The Cornhusker State’s violent crime rate is around 77% of national levels, yet the state’s property crime rate is near the national rate. 28.17 Crime rate per 1,000. 2.17 Law enforcement per 1,000.

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