A look at the Neighborhoods of Omaha Ne

Founded in 1854, the city of Omaha, Nebraska, is a patchwork of individual neighborhoods blended together to create the third best city in which to live, work and play, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Founded on the western bank of the Missouri River, Omaha’s population has grown to nearly 428,000 residents. Early settlers chose the area known today as downtown Omaha to establish a trading post and fort. What once served as brick warehouses in the center of the city, have been converted to upscale apartments, condominiums, restaurants and shops.

The downtown neighborhood is the city’s center for culture. It includes the Orpheum Theater, a slew of museums such as the Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha Children’s Museum and the world renowned Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

Central Omaha is comprised of some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Several of them, including Bemis, Gold Coast and Blackstone, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is also where you will find the neighborhood of Dundee, the first community annexed by Omaha officials as the thriving community expanded beyond its original boundaries.

South Omaha has a diverse history. First settled by Italian, Irish, Polish and Czech immigrants, the neighborhood is an eclectic mix of small cottages and larger, newer homes. Some of the houses feature ornate woodwork popular during the Victorian era. Today, the area remains an ethnic enclave with families of both Asian and Hispanic descent calling the community home.

North Omaha boasts some of the city’s early historical sites. Here you will find older homes with welcoming porches and mature trees line the streets. Here too, guests can spend time at the Mormon Visitor Center and cemetery and learn about the first non Native American settlers to establish a town in the region.

Omaha, which means against the current in the language of the Native American Omaha tribe, offers residents a variety of housing options throughout its diverse neighborhoods. Developers have eyed Northwest Omaha as an area ripe for residential development during the last 10 years.

Large homes are the benchmark of West Central Omaha. Residential developments combined with shopping malls and recreational facilities make this an ideal neighborhood. It is Omaha’s first planned community. Its western border is shared with Boys Town, a residential facility with housing for 500 youths.

Southwest Omaha is a blend of industrial sites and family living. Businesses such as Lucent Technologies and Oriental Trader make their home in Southwest Omaha. Home-buyers can choose from older, more established developments or newer options that offer a range of price and styles from single family homes to apartments.

The Omaha metropolitan area includes several suburbs outside of Douglas County where the city is located. Papillion, Ralston and Bellevue in neighboring Sarpy County are considered part of Greater Omaha as is Council Bluffs, Iowa across the Missouri River.