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What’s in a City

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Hayneedle is proudly located in the middle of America: Omaha, Nebraska. People always ask, “Why Omaha?”  We know exactly why. Check out these top 10 reasons we think Omaha is the best place to live, work, and play:

  1. Omaha was rated the #1 city to raise your kids by Kiplinger.com and rated #8 by the Wall Street Journal.
  2. The College World Series.
  3. While we may be wearing Levis and driving Camrys, the residents of Omaha are wealthier than average. The city also has a host of billionaires, including Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts ($1.5 billion), Walter Scott ($1.2 billion) of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., and Berkshire Hathaway founder and CEO Warren Buffett, whose estimated wealth is more than $40 billion.
  4. According to Livability.com, Omaha has one of the best music scenes in the country. “Omaha’s rich musical tradition essentially began in the 1920s when the city became a center for jazz and blues. Dreamland Ballroom, built in 1923, was at the heart of the 24th Avenue North corridor scene for 40 years, showcasing performances by artists such as the Nat King Cole Trio, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.”  Bright Eyes and Conor Oberst, 311, Terry Lewis, and Wynonie Harris all have Omaha roots.
  5. Times may be tough throughout the country, but Omaha has one of the lowest unemployment rates nationwide.  Only 4.2% of Omaha’s workforce is unemployed, according to an On Numbers analysis of U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics data (source Bizjournals.com).
  6. Voted the second best-run state in the country, “The state of Nebraska had the 21st lowest revenue per capita in the country in 2009 yet managed to spend more per capita that year than all but seven states. The state has the fourth lowest debt per capita, and it is one of 13 states with a perfect AAA credit rating. Besides being financially sound, Nebraska also has an unemployment rate of 4.2%, the second lowest rate in the country. The state also has relatively low poverty, high graduation rates and the seventh lowest rate of foreclosures last month,” according to 247wallst.com.
  7. Recently, Omaha was ranked eighth among the nation’s 50 largest cities in both per-capita billionaires and Fortune 500 companies, according to USA Today. “Sure, San Francisco leads the amount of billionaires per million people, and Atlanta leads in the number of Fortune 500 companies per 1 million people. But no city, not even the major coastal giants, can claim a ranking as high as Omaha on both lists,” the paper concluded.
  8. Food.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at all of the culinary adventures and opportunities you’ll find in the big O! Omaha has a great reputation for having fabulous ethnic, fine dining, and family-style restaurants.
  9. Are you or do you know a recent college grad? In 2011 Omaha was voted the second best city for recent college graduates by The Daily Beast.
  10. “Education.  Around 88% of children attend Omaha metro public school districts while the remaining attend private, parochial, or non-denominational school.  OPS test scores exceed the national average for large school districts.  Graduates receive more than $25 million in scholarship offers annually and over 61% go to college or other post-secondary schools.” (source: Omaha Public Schools).




The Rainbow Connection

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Like a box of human crayons, Hayneedle employees donned colored pants on a designated day and celebrated what a colorful bunch we are.  Participation was happily higher than anticipated, and a special shout-out goes to our male employees who got their color on as well.  To everyone who took part, we love hue. Hugs.