Nebraska is a major producer of corn, soybeans, beef and pork, but it is not all prairie and farmland. Omaha, though not the capital, is the largest city in the state and is located on the Missouri River, along the Iowa border. Homes in Omaha are mostly single-family residential, with some multi-family structures, manufactured homes and condominiums available. Home prices are relatively low compared to national averages, but moderately high compared to other areas of Nebraska.
The city can be divided into the north, south, east and west sides, in addition to a midtown and a downtown area. However, many different neighborhoods make up these primary geographic regions. Omaha’s City Center neighborhood is a mostly renter-occupied urban area consisting of small- to medium-sized apartments in a mix of small and high-rise apartment buildings. The Debolt neighborhood, to the northwest, is considered suburban because it is not as densely populated as City Center. This community contains mostly small- to medium-sized single-family homes and apartments. The Omaha Country Club is located in the Debolt area. Green Meadows, near Debolt, is another suburban area that is mostly owner-occupied. Most homes in Green Meadows were built between 1970 and 1999, with some having been built as early as 1940. Like most large cities, Omaha developed outward from downtown. However, because of its location on Nebraska’s eastern border, most planned developments can be found quite a way west of what is considered the city center.
The largest employer in the Omaha area is Offutt Air Force Base, the headquarters of the Air Force Weather Agency and the United States Strategic Command. Catholic Health Initiatives, known as CHI health, is also based in Omaha though it operates acute-care hospitals throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Omaha Public Schools, Methodist Health System, Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are other major employers of residents of Omaha. Union Pacific Railroad, the largest freight railroad corporation in the United States, also bases its operations in Omaha.