Lincoln, the state capital of Nebraska, is a typical "All-American" mid-sized city with a small town feel, boasting a clean and safe environment. While many cities have occasionally faced periodic economic declines, Lincoln has only known steady population growth at an average of more than 18% per year over the past 100 years. This has resulted in a population of more than 250,000, a stable local economy and a high quality of life for residents. The University of Nebraska, based in Lincoln, is a respected research institution with ten colleges and approximately 25,000 students attending each year. Lincoln offers a wide range of cultural and business development opportunities, making the city one of the best places to raise a family.
Originally called Lancaster, the site of Lincoln was settled in 1856 because the natural salt flats offered potential for commercial production. The name was changed to Lincoln in 1859, and the city was then made the state capital in 1867 when Nebraska was admitted to the Union. The first major legislation enacted in Lincoln included land grants for railroads and the establishment of the University of Nebraska. Railroad-car repair became an important Lincoln industry in the late 1800’s due to the many rail routes passing through the city. Today, Lincoln boasts a world-class university and the city is a major goods and service provider to a largely agricultural region.
The summer weather in Lincoln is hot, with average daytime temperatures in the 80-90°F range and 70-80% humidity. Winters are somewhat mild, with daytime temperatures tending to stay above freezing, and cooling into the teens and 20’s at night. Snowfall is on average less than 6" per month during the winter months.
The StarTran bus service provides public transportation to Lincoln, and operates on weekdays and Saturdays throughout the year, except on major holidays. Outside of the downtown loop, the buses will stop at any corner on their route. Amtrak’s California Zephyr passes through Lincoln, providing train service to destinations from Chicago to San Francisco. The Lincoln Airport is located just 3 miles from downtown and offers service to Chicago, Denver, and Minneapolis. Interstate 80 is one of the major cross-country routes for travel by car, connecting Lincoln with Omaha, Nebraska to the northeast.
Cost of Living in Lincoln
The cost of housing in Lincoln is 14% below the national average, and the cost of living is around 7% lower than the national average. With a median household income above $49,000, unemployment at 3% and a stable local economy that continues to grow, Lincoln is a very desirable and affordable community. Use these cost of living calculators to determine your budget needs in Lincoln.
Lincoln Public Schools is the largest school district in Lincoln, enrolling more than 36,000 students in more than 60 schools and programs. High school students can take advantage of an International Baccalaureate Program, school-to-career programs, an alternative classroom setting, and focus programs in science, arts and humanities, information technology, and entrepreneurship.
Nebraska Medical Center in nearby Omaha is the number one hospital in the Lincoln-Omaha area and the number one hospital in Nebraska. Nebraska Medical Center is a general medical facility and a teaching hospital. If you’re moving to Lincoln, it’s a good idea to learn about all the medical resources available in the area:
Lincoln Real Estate
Some of the most desirable homes are located in the Family Acres and Colonial Hills neighborhoods, and some of the most affordable homes are located in Clinton and South Salt Creek neighborhoods. Find homes for sale in Lincoln using the links below.
Whether you are looking for a country setting or urban elegance, Lincoln has accommodations to fit your taste. The Westview Bed and Breakfast features a fireplace and a 2 person whirlpool tub in every room and is located in a country setting just minutes from downtown Lincoln. The Cornhusker Hotel is located near the state capital building and is close to University of Nebraska. If you like staying in town but prefer a quaint bed and breakfast setting, The Rogers House is highly rated and might be just for you.
You might expect a city in the heart of the heartland to offer great home-style cooking, and you won’t be disappointed in Lincoln. But you can also find international cuisine that rivals any urban center. The Oven offers great Indian cuisine, and the Parthenon restaurant serves the flavors of Greece along with a variety of vegetarian selections. Lazlow’s Brewery & Grill is a popular stop for steaks, burgers and their special prime rib enchiladas, or you can find great deli sandwiches at the M&N Sandwich Shop. Another local favorite is Piezano’s Pizza Place where they serve pizza with a thick Sicilian style crust. Explore more restaurants using the links below.
Things to Do in Lincoln
Lincoln is a great city to visit any time of the year. Plan a trip to the historic Haymarket entertainment district for unique gifts, great dining, and exciting nightspots in this converted turn-of-the-century warehouse district. On Saturday mornings during the summer season, Haymarket features a robust farmers market with 200 vendors. If you love art and design, The Burkholder Project is a collection of 36 art and design studios with loft apartments and 3 levels of galleries. For automotive enthusiasts, the Museum of American Speed displays a unique collection of automotive and racing memorabilia chronicling the history of open wheel racing. The collection even includes an original Tucker automobile. Toddlers to twelve year olds will love the Lincoln Children’s Museum, featuring 3 levels of activities, and the Great Plains Art Museum on the University of Nebraska campus features a vast collection of art and literature representing the Great Plains region. Find great things to do in Lincoln using the links below.