Why Nebraska

Located in the heart of the heartland, Nebraska was founded by strong and resilient pioneers who worked the land along with early entrepreneurs and adventurers looking to charter opportunities in the Wild West. While agriculture remains an important part of our state’s economy, Nebraska is now home to some of America’s leading businesses and industry, representing diverse sectors ranging from manufacturing and business services to information technology and biosciences. Nebraska also has a proud history as home to Offutt Air Force Base and the United States Strategic Command. The presence of these military installations has led to the development of a sizable defense contractor network in the state.

For So Many Reasons, Consider Nebraska!

A better quality of life

Financial network CNBC ranks Nebraska as one of America’s best five states for quality of life. In fact, Nebraska routinely ranks near the top in nearly every quality-of-life comparison – thanks to its low crime rates, clean environment, less stress, accessible health care, and affordable cost of living. Gallup surveys show Nebraska is among the best states for overall well-being, including emotional, physical and mental health. And Nebraska’s outdoor attractions, urban entertainment, small-town charm and low jobless rate are all huge positives.

Lower cost of living
MarketWatch.com concludes that Nebraska’s affordability “can bolster peace of mind,” as the median home costs just over $120,000. CNBC has ranked Nebraska the fifth most-affordable state in which to live. As an example, a household making $65,000 annually in Lincoln would need to earn $100,000 for a comparable lifestyle in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Career opportunities statewide

Nebraska’s jobless rate is one of the lowest in the country every month. Yet job openings are plentiful statewide. Nebraska’s economy continues to outgrow available labor force so if you want to work hard and earn a good living, you will be able to do so in Nebraska. Forbes magazine has named cities in Nebraska among the best in the country for business and careers. And with Nebraska’s pro-business climate, the opportunities will only keep growing. The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study listed Nebraska at No. 2, while CNBC positioned Nebraska at No. 4 in its annual “Top States for Business” study

New benefits for military veterans
A new Nebraska law (LB987) exempts a portion of military retirement pay for recently retired veterans. Another new law (LB740) allows veterans who have separated from the military within the past two years to be eligible for in-state tuition at Nebraska’s state colleges and university. This benefit also extends to immediate family members, including spouses and children.


Population 1,868,516
Size (square miles) 76,824
Unemployment Rate (12/13) 3.1%
Number of Veterans 146,852
Median Household Income (’12) $51,381
State Debt Per Capita $21
2013 State Cost of Living (% of U.S. Avg) 90.30%