Lincoln is again on a top-10 list.
Lincoln is ranked No. 9 on a “Top 100 Best Places to Live" by Livability.com.
And part of that equation is affordability. Last year, Lincoln's average home value was $184,811, though the livability comparison used a lower figure.
The 2019 rankings were guided by a survey of more than 1,000 millennials across the country to determine what matters most to them when making relocation decisions.
The top responses — affordability and job opportunities — were factored into this year’s ranking criteria, including, for the first time ever, a cap on housing costs.
No city on Livability’s list has a median home price exceeding $250,000.
Livability.com looked at more than 1,000 cities — with populations between 20,000 and 1 million — in the ranking.
The full list of the 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live is featured on Livability.com, along with each city’s LivScore and information about the qualities and amenities that helped them make the list.
This year’s top 10 cities are:
* 1. Boise, Idaho.
* 2. Raleigh, North Carolina.
* 3. Madison, Wisconsin.
* 4. Iowa City, Iowa.
* 5. Rochester, Minnesota.
* 6. Columbia, Missouri.
* 7. Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
* 8. Pittsburgh.
* 9. Lincoln.
* 10. Greenville, South Carolina.
Here’s some of what Livability.com says about our city:
Lincoln is the state capital of Nebraska and the home of the University of Nebraska, so there’s always something going on here, yet it feels a lot like a small town.
The city of 288,000 maintains a relatively low cost of living while providing high-quality amenities and infrastructure, like the historic Haymarket District and the 131 miles of trails that run through town.
You’ll find a growing craft beer scene, a strong economy and lots of friendly people wearing red to support their beloved Huskers. Arts and culture are important here too: the Lied Center for the Performing Arts always has theater, dance and music performances on the calendar, while the Sheldon Museum of Art has new and exciting installations and events to attend.
Climate Described In 6 Words Or Less: Humid always, cold and cloudy winters.
Local Dream Job: Taste-tester at Ivanna Cone, a beloved family-owned ice cream shop with an old-timey vibe.
Quintessential Meal: A Runza, which is a special sandwich/meat pie filled with cabbage, ground beef and onions.
After-Work Meetup Spot: Lazlo’s, a classic Lincoln restaurant serving up American food and beers from its in-house brewery, Empyrean Brewing Company.
Best Local Brewery: Blue Blood Brewing Co, which was started by former Lincoln cops. It’s located above the 5,000-square-foot Robbers Cave, which you can tour.
Beloved Bookstore: Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe, located in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket District.
Free Way To Have Fun: Sample 160 different types of licorice sourced from all over the world and learn about this popular candy at Licorice International (then maybe buy some!).
Truly Hidden Gem: Unless you’re a car person, you may overlook the Museum of American Speed — but it’s a totally awesome way to spend an afternoon, even if you can’t tell the difference between a carburetor and a muffler. The museum has more than 150,000 square feet of exhibit space.
12 ways Lincoln ranks nationally
Top up-and-coming tech hot spot
2nd-most affordable college town
Fourth-best city for renters
13th-best city for outdoor space
7th-most livable state capital
Second-best city in which to raise a family
No. 9 city with biggest increase in labor force participation among workers 65 and older
Fourth-most affordable college town for renters
One of 27 cheapest places to retire
Eighth-best place to apply for a credit card
Lincoln ranks as a top city for jobs in 2018
An employment website has ranked Lincoln as one of the top places to find a job in the coming year.
Lincoln ranked sixth on Ziprecruiter's "Best Job Markets for 2018."
The website said it looked at its own hiring data as well as factors such as the availability of jobs, industry diversity, unemployment, earnings and community factors in coming up with the ranking.
Fargo, North Dakota, ranked first, followed by Columbia, Missouri, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Honolulu and Ames, Iowa.
The ranking also listed the top five industries for each city based on the ratio between the number of jobs and number of job seekers. In Lincoln, those industries are construction, insurance, real estate, information technology and desktop support.
To see the full report, go to: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blog/best-job-markets-2018/
Lincoln, Omaha 2nd, 3rd on list of cities with best work-life balance
If you're looking to find balance between your personal life and your career, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place than Nebraska.
Personal finance website SmartAsset ranked Lincoln No. 2 and Omaha No. 3 on its list of "Cities with the Best Work-Life Balance."
Both cities scored well for having a relatively short commute time (18.9 minutes), while Lincoln also received high rankings for its low unemployment rate and relatively low housing costs.
Madison, Wisconsin, topped the list, with Lubbock, Texas, coming in fourth and Columbus, Ohio, fifth.
To see the full list, go to: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/cities-with-the-best-work-life-balance