Those transitioning out of military service into civilian life are looking for new places to call home. Bert Sperling is the founder of Sperling’s BestPlaces and conducted a survey to find out which cities best fit their needs. Omaha came in number two.
Sperling says, “Omaha is great because it is affordable, has great educational opportunities and has arts and culture. The economy is doing really well and it is one of the places that we have identified where veterans are thriving and succeeding. In coming up with the list we looked at veteran specific information from a variety of sources and combined that with the quality of life and Omaha is one of the top places.”
Sperling says they looked at 11 metrics of veteran success and wellness. That included income, unemployment rates, proximity to VA hospitals and military bases.
Sperling says many people don’t realize that Omaha has an active arts and culture community that continues to grow. He says, “I’ve heard a lot of interesting stories about the types of culture that is happening in Omaha and it is a really exciting place. The affordability is especially important when you look at high cost of living in cities on either coast.”
Oklahoma City topped the list followed by Omaha, Colorado Springs, Washington D.C. and Grand Forks, North Dakota.