Omaha Ranks 2nd Best in U.S. Behind Honolulu

Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

The Omaha metropolitan area is a close second behind Honolulu among small cities, according to a ranking by a national business strat­egy and marketing firm.

This is the second year that Omaha has trailed the Hawaiian municipality among cities with a population under 1 million in the report by Resonance Consultancy.

“Omaha’s greatest asset is its people,” David G. Brown, presi­dent and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, said in a state­ment. “Everyone who works hard, educates, creates and cultivates here owns a share of this ranking. Together, we’re working to build a strong sense of place and achieve our greatest potential as a city and a region. This recognition lets us know we’re accelerating in the right direction and pushes us, at the same time, to work that much harder to be that much better.”

Omaha finishes first in the popu­lation category for prosperity and Fortune 500 companies. A report describes Omaha s “one of the best spots in the country to start a busi­ness, raise a family and let your hair down on a Saturday night” and refers to the city by its “Silicon Prairie” nickname.

The report says Omaha finished third in nightlight and among the top five for culinary rankings. It name-drops Berkshire Hathaway and Mutual of Omaha along with the Old Market District, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge.

Honolulu, meanwhile, won top honors based on its neighborhoods and parks and outdoors, with the report highlighting its’ unparalleled natural beauty” along with shop­ping and dining. Omaha fell short on metrics related to weather and the outdoors.

Rounding out the other top 10 small cities were Charleston, South Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Reno, Nevada; Asheville, North Carolina; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Madison, Wisconsin. Des Moines, Iowa, was ranked 29th, while Lincoln finished 32nd.

The rankings are based around six core categories of metrics: pro­motion, including social media and news trends; prosperity, including standard of living and economy; place, including safety and urban fabric; people, including diversity and educational attainment; prod­uct, including airline connectiv­ity and sports teams; and program­ming, including culture and shop­ping.

The top 10 large cities were New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, San Diego, Las Vegas, Miami, Seattle and Boston.

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