Local Information

Omaha

Omaha is located in the middle of the United States. More than 900,000 people call the Omaha metropolitan area home.

The area around the confluence of the Missouri and Platte rivers has been important for travel and trade for hundreds of years. The Pawnee, Otoe, Sioux, Ioway, and Omaha tribes of Native American called the area home. In 1854, the Omaha Tribe sold their tribal land to the US. Parts of this land became the Nebraska Territory. Omaha was founded on July 4, 1854.

Omaha has continued to have an important role in transport and trade. In the 1860s, the town was chosen to be the eastern terminus of the first US transcontinental railroad. Entrepreneurs in Omaha supplied farmers in Nebraska and other states with equipment, while at the same time traded agricultural products from these farms. From the 1870s until the 1999, Omaha was a center for meatpacking and cattle stockyards — by the 1940s and 50s, its stockyards were the largest in the world.

Omaha is now home to Berkshire Hathaway (controlled by Warren Buffett), the Gallup Organization, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Physicians Mutual Insurance, TD Ameritrade, Union Pacific Railroad, Valmot Industires, Werner Industries, Woodmen of the World, and others. It has a lively music and arts scene, and several historic areas and neighborhoods (ex. Old Market).

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the best in the US. Omaha hosts the College Baseball World Series every year.

For more about Omaha, see the Visit Omaha site

 

Travel

Eppley Airfield (airport code “OMA”) is located less than 10 miles from UNMC and UNO. Flights from Omaha connect passengers to major cities throughout the US.

For transportation within Omaha, you can use the Metro city bus, taxi (phone 402-292-2222), Uber, Lyft, or check out a bicycle.

 

Weather

In June, Omaha is warm and sunny. The average high is 84° Fahrenheit (29° Celsius) and the average low is 60° F (16° C).

 

Other items

Taxes: In many places in the U.S. a tax is added to non-food items and prepared food purchased at restaurants. In Omaha, that rate is between 5.5% and 7%, and at the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall, it is between 7% and 9%. The tax is added at the point of sale, so if something is labeled $1.00, you will pay between $1.06 and $1.09 for it.

Tipping: It is customary to tip between 15% and 20% when eating at a restaurant or when paying for a taxi.

Water: It is safe to drink water from the tap in Omaha (and much of the United States).

Emergency: If you have any type of emergency, dial 911 on a phone. This is good for the police, fire department, and ambulance.