I love living here. I will say though that I have not been many other places, but I feel it is a very safe city as long as you are in West Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, or any of the smaller surrounding cities.
I actually live in Papillion, but I really consider it part of Omaha as including all of the small cities here nothing is more than about 30 minutes away. Papillion is a middle class to upper class city with lots of activities, little to no violent crime, and it sort of has a small town feel. I live in the city, but within 5-10 minutes are less developed areas that could be considered quiet and rural. The school is about a 20 minute drive for me, but so worth it. I could live in Omaha, but Papillion is a much smaller city and there are benefits to that such as snow plows being much more efficient.
The zoo and childrens museum are places we visit often with our kids and they have great attractions!
I'm sure you are right about the cost of living here being lower than in NJ.
I'm not sure of your income, but there is a upper class rural neighborhood about 10 minutes from Papillion called Hawaiian Village. My sister's husband's parents live there and it is on a lake and gorgeous. It is just a small neighborhood tucked into the country. It is only 10 minutes from a large shopping plaza with a grocery store and restaurants and shops. Might be something for you to look at to achieve what you are looking for.
As for crunchy communities, I would say it is very integrated throughout Omaha and the surrounding areas. You might want to check out Omaha Area Natural Parents on facebook. That group includes a lot of crunchy mamas with more info on food coops and farmers markets etc. I am in the group and know a lot of the moms from LLL, The memebers also meet up for playdates and give advice and encouragement to other local moms.
Hope this helps:)
Originally Posted by Ks Mama
Thank you so much for your feedback! I've never been to Omaha... OR Nebraska! :-D How do you like living there? Is it a kid-friendly city? Do you live in, or outside of the city? Are there green/crunchy communities in the area? Any suburbs or more rural areas not to far from the city that you'd recommend? We'd love a place with a lot of open space, that's not out of reach of the benefits of the city (is this too crazy an idea?!)
Just considering the prices you quoted for the Montessori school (plus, I took at look at the city zoo & children's museum admission prices), I'm guessing the cost of living is lower in this area? Of course, I'm living in NJ, so everything here is skewed towards outrageous when it comes to cost. I will definitely take a look at those schools!
Ooooo getting excited. I really appreciate your response! haven't gotten any feedback yet on my posts! :)