Living

HOUSING

Nebraska recognizes that in today’s highly mobile society, military veterans can find career opportunities across the globe. However, it is easy to understand the importance of building a post-military career in a location that offers the amenities and quality of life that you desire.

While Nebraska does have four distinct seasons including winter (and snow), Nebraska also experiences extended spring temperatures and beautiful fall days filled with vivid colors. More importantly, Nebraska offers short commutes, affordable housing, world-class health care, leading-edge technology infrastructure, quality public and private education, convenient and affordable transportation access and abundant shopping.living_body3

Recent research indicates that Nebraska’s cost of living averages 89-90% of the national average, thus allowing you to stretch your paycheck farther and improve your purchasing power. Likewise, Nebraska has one of the shortest commute times in America, leaving more of your time for family and fun.

If working from home is part of your strategy or if you prefer to shop on-line, you will find that Nebraska leads the nation in access to broadband services. Several progressive telecommunication companies, both urban and rural, now offer fiber optic service to the home.

Nebraska cities and towns offer a wide variety of rental and owner-occupied housing options. In January 2014, the average home sale price was $167,500 in Omaha and $125,839 in Grand Island. New residents to the state, especially those relocating from the coasts, often express their excitement about the size and cost of houses they are able to afford in Nebraska. If renting better meets your needs, you will find plentiful apartment, condo, townhouse and loft options to choose from at very reasonable prices. Average rental for a two-bedroom condo in downtown Omaha, for example, is approximately $1,200 per month while a nice three bedroom home in a rural community or suburb would rent for $750-$1,300 per month.

Search Nebraska Real Estate http://www.realtor.com/nebraska/nbselne.asp
Search Nebraska Rental Property http://www.socialserve.com/tenant/NE/index.html?ch=NIFA
Special Veteran Mortgage Financing http://www.nifa.org/programs/programs.html?pi=421&search_var=prog&prog_name_sent=single+family
Nebraska Bankers Association http://www.nebankers.org
Nebraska Independent Community Bankers https://www.nicbonline.com/

HEALTH

With two teaching hospitals and a statewide network of specialty and community hospitals, Nebraska offers exceptional health care for residents of all ages. The University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Creighton University Medical School train doctors in a wide variety ofgeneral and specialty areas. Kaiser Family Foundation research indicates that there were 2,294 primary care and 2,201 specialty care physicians in Nebraska in 2012. Similarly, Nebraska had 3.6 hospital beds per 1,000 residents while the U.S. average was only 2.6.

Health Statistics http://www.americashealthrankings.org/NE
Nebraska Hospitals http://www.nebraskahospitals.org/about_us/member_hospitals.html
Nebraska Physicians http://www.nebmed.org/Default.aspx
VA Medical Services http://www.nebraska.va.gov/
Other Medical Services http://www.nehca.org/default.aspx

ENVIRONMENT

Understanding Nebraska’s Unique Environment http://www.deq.state.ne.us/

NEBRASKA COMMUNITIES

Click on the Community Profiles tab at the upper right of the Nebraska screen to select the area of your choice and view the different demographic information available.

Nebraska Community Information Locator http://www.locationone.com/loislogin/nebraska/

SHOPPINGSample the fruits—and vegetables—of the season at the Lincoln Farmers’ Market.

If shopping is your pasttime, you will find a wide variety of selections in Nebraska. You can find rare specialty shops that offer one of a kind items all the way to large department stores offering professional attire and housewares. Don’t forget that Nebraska is home to one of the country’s largest furniture stores and also the home of business mogul Warren Buffett. A new outlet mall provides the bargain hunter with unrivaled selections at recognized stores including Coach, Adidas, Ann Taylor, Forever 21, GAP, Michael Kors, Under Arour, NIKE and many others! Leading retailers, The Buckle and Cabela’s, make their corporate home in Nebraska. More adventurous shoppers might consider taking part in the annual Junk Jaunt, a 300-mile-long garage sale and flea market that occurs through 35-plus communities in central Nebraska.

TRANSPORTATION

Efficient movement in and out of Nebraska is facilitated by a well-maintained roads infrastructure and a growing group of commercial airports. Interstate 80, America’s new main street, bisects the state of Nebraska from east to west; note that the posted speed limit on Interstate 80 is 75 miles per hour. Interstate 29 abuts the eastern side of the state and allows quick connections to the Kansas City metro area while Interstate 76 offers convenient access from western Nebraska to Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Studies conducted by the Federal Highway Administration indicate that almost 90% of all Nebraska roadways exceed nationally acceptable ride quality standards.

Commercial air service is available at six Nebraska airports. Omaha’s Eppley Airfield is the state’s largest airport, with 7 airlines offering non-stop service to 16 cities; more than 4 million passengers are served annually through the gates in Omaha. The Lincoln Municipal Airport offers multiple daily flights to three major hub airports. Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island offers daily service to Dallas and scheduled service to Las Vegas and Phoenix while the remaining Nebraska commercial airports offer daily service to Denver.

Eppley Airfield – Omaha http://www.flyoma.com/
Lincoln Municipal Airport-Lincoln http://www.lincolnairport.com/
Central Nebraska Regional Airport-Grand Island http://www.flygrandisland.com/
Kearney Municipal Airport-Kearney http://www.cityofkearney.org/index.aspx?nid=460
North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field-North Platte http://www.northplatteairport.com/
Western Nebraska Regional Airport/William B. Heilig Field-Scottsbluff http://www.flyscottsbluff.com/