Omaha lands on list as a good place to be 'young, broke and single'

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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 am

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared in Michael Kelly's June 22 column.

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Long ago, I started out in Omaha young, broke and single, so I can appreciate the city's new No. 6 national ranking among cities to live in if you are “young, broke and single.”

It's not as wacky as it sounds. Moneyunder30.com ranked areas on metrics that matter to “young professionals trying to launch a career, find love and stretch a still-meager paycheck.”

The website looked at cost of living, unemployment, number of singles ages 18 to 44 and, yes, the number of bars. It also mentioned that Newsweek ranked Omaha as one of the nation's top 10 “high-tech havens.”

Noting that Omaha is the home of famed investor Warren Buffett, the site says: “The happy juxtaposition that allows billionaires and broke young adults to coexist falls to several factors. First off, Omaha is home to a very cool music scene for a city of just 400,000. Also, Omaha has revitalized its downtown and gotten smart about diversifying its employment base beyond the industries that first built the city.”

Austin, Texas, was ranked first, followed by Salt Lake City; Durham, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio, and Baton Rouge, La. New Orleans was seventh and Des Moines was eighth.

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