Omaha is #2, Austin is #1
With an affordable cost of living, the best commute times in the nation, and a terrific rate of employment, Omaha ranks next on our list. Just look around and you'll get the sense that Omaha cares about its young and upcoming workforce, says Alissa Nehe, spokesperson for the Greater Omaha Chamber. "We have young professional groups throughout the city that are active and involved. The community is constantly evolving and young people have a voice to make change happen," she says.
Omaha is also world-renowned for its indie music scene, making it a favorite stop for big name entertainers and a fertile ground for local artists, adds Nehe.
As far as students go, there are plenty of job opportunities after graduation, says Dr. Daniel J. Shipp, Vice Chancellor at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). "Omaha has developed an internationally recognized corporate community. Per capita, the Omaha metro has 50 percent more Fortune 500s than New York City, almost twice as many as Chicago, Dallas or Denver, about four times more than Kansas City and Los Angeles and more than 10 times more than Austin, Texas," he says. Whether looking for internships or considering career placement, UNO students enjoy a place-based advantage that few other universities or colleges can equal, Shipp says.