Welcome to Nebraska
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Welcome to Nebraska
The Cornhusker State rests in the breadbasket of America. Nebraska is known for its agriculture business, which is booming, but there is more to the state than corn and beef. Omaha and Lincoln make up the bulk of the population in Nebraska. Lincoln is home to the University of Nebraska, and the town's nightlife and dining options reflect that. In the more rural areas of the state, you will find friendly folks who are more open minded than you may think. The state’s motto, after all, is “Equality Before the Law”. Cost of living and unemployment are both well below the national average and the job market is flourishing. It’s no wonder that more and more people are moving to the middle of the country to find job opportunities and affordable housing.
Nebraska Self-Storage Facts
The Nebraska self-storage industry has been flourishing as of late. A trend of increased self-storage development has been taking place across the nation over the last years, setting all time records for construction dollars spent in the sector. As a result nearly every state is seeing increased levels of self-storage development, including Nebraska. Developers have been pursuing sites in high growth areas where they can buy land or redevelop vacant retail store buildings.
Below are some statistics that provide an overview of the self-storage industry in Nebraska:
Nebraska is home to more than 342 self-storage facilities
Nebraska facilities offer more than 10,404,911 million square feet of storage space combined.
Nebraska has 5.56 square feet of storage space for every man, woman, and child. That's comparable to the national average of 5.4 square feet per capita.
Reasons to Move to Nebraska
Cornhuskers football. Nebraskans take their football seriously--and they certainly should. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s legendary team has earned five National Championships and 46 conference championships. The Cornhuskers play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The stadium, aptly nicknamed “The Sea of Red”,has sold out for every single home game since 1962.
Kool-Aid days. In 1927, a curious minded inventor named Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska created Kool-Aid in his mother’s kitchen. Kool-Aid is now the official soft-drink of Nebraska, mostly due to the origins of its creator. Every year on the second weekend of August, Hastings hosts a Kool-Aid festival called Kool-Aid Days. If you get lucky, you can catch sight of the clumsy Kool-Aid Man. Oh-Yeah!!
Midwestern hospitality. The Heartland is known for producing some of the most genuine and sincere folks you can meet. The friendly faces and calm demeanor of Nebraskans can offer new residents a nice respite from the turn and burn attitude of the inhabitants of the more ruthless states. I’m foreseeing friendly neighbors offering up steamy pans of corn casserole to you in the future.
Location. The state of Nebraska is surrounded by six states including: South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri. This gives residents many options for weekend road trips for exploring America’s Great Plains.
Arbor Day. J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in 1854, and although he loved his new home in The Great Plains, he thought it could do with a few more trees. Morton suggested that there be a day in which the folks of Nebraska all plant trees. It is said that Nebraskans plated upwards of one million trees on that first Arbor Day. Nebraskans still embrace the holiday with fervor, and Morton’s birthday is now the nationally recognized date of Arbor Day.
Nebraskan wine. You might not assume it, but Nebraska is making a name for itself as a solid producer of wine in the U.S. Although the state is too cold to grow most traditional European grapes, it does great with cold weather vines. In 2006, the states first riesling was produced by Whisky Run Creek vineyards in Brownsville. The University of Nebraska is in on it to--it now offers a viticulture program.
Room to roam. Nebraska is one of the least densely populated states in the nation. This is great news to people who don’t necessarily like being around a lot of people. And if you do like clusters of humans, populous cities like Omaha and Lincoln will be a great fit for you.
Gateway to the west. There are some great options for nature lovers in Nebraska. Chimney Rock is probably the states most well known natural formation. Toadstool Geological Park, Scotts Bluff and Smith Falls are also popular attractions amongst the outdoor types.
Runza sammies. The Runza is the National Sandwich of Nebraska. It is a mixture of beef, cabbage, onions, and seasoning surrounded by a yeast bread pillow (YUM). Over 10,000 runza sandwiches are sold during each Cornhuskers game at Memorial Stadium.
Jobs galore. Nebraska has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, recently clocking in at 3.1%. And it’s not just ag jobs that exist, there are plenty of opportunities through the institutions of higher learning and a Nebraskan tech boom in happening via the Silicon Prairie.
Moving to Nebraska
As of 2019, Nebraska is the 38th most populated state in the nation with 1,940,919 residents. The population growth rate from 2017 to 2018 was .61%. Many students from out of state move to Nebraska to take advantage of the states higher education facilities.
Nebraska Economic Outlook
Nebraska’s Real Gross Domestic Product reached $112.17 billion in 2018. As of September 2019, Nebraska’s unemployment rate as of September 2019 is 3.1%, up .4% from last year. Since 2011, Nebraska’s Real GDP has increased by $10 billion. The state’s cost of living is 11.5% below the national average and houses are extremely affordable compared to the rest of the nation.
Below is a list of the top 5 sector’s Real GDP breakdown:
Who are Nebraska's Largest Employers?
Places to live in Nebraska
Nebraska stretches 210 miles wide and 430 miles long. With its 76,874 square mile total area, it is the 16th largest state in the nation. The average elevation is 2,500 feet, and the highest point is 5,424 feet.
Omaha is the most populated city in Nebraska. It is the 40th-largest city in the nation with 452,061 residents. Four Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Omaha.
Lincoln is the second most populated city in the state of Nebraska with 291,623 residents. Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the home to the University of Nebraska.
With 54,582 residents, Bellevue is the third most populated city in Nebraska. Bellevue is recognized as the second-oldest city in the state of Nebraska.