Omaha has earned the No. 2 spot on a list of “America’s Top 10 Small Cities” for the second year in a row.

Resonance Consultancy, a tourism, real estate and economic development advising company, examined America’s “large” cities, with populations of more than 1 million; and “small” cities, with populations from 200,000 to 1 million.

The listing referred to Omaha as the “discreet economic powerhouse of the Midwest.” It references billionaire Warren Buffett’s decision to stay in Omaha. “The Berkshire Hathaway CEO’s hometown loyalty doesn’t surprise Omaha locals, who know that this city on the Missouri River is one of the best spots in the country to start a business, raise a family and let your hair down on a Saturday night.”

Greater Omaha Chamber President David Brown said everyone in Omaha owns a share of the ranking.

“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,” Brown said.

Omaha came in second to Honolulu in the overall ranking.

In the category of prosperity, Omaha ranked No. 1, due to its number of Fortune 500 companies. The study also mentioned the city’s nightlife; culinary scene, including steakhouses; and low cost of living.

The city’s lowest score was in the “people” category, which examined diversity and educational attainment.

According to a recent Bloomberg story, the Resonance rankings stand out because they look at more than just tourism and include “comprehensive data about a city’s public perception and appeal to locals, visitors and business people.”

The rankings combined statistics and input from locals and visitors in six core categories, and took into consideration factors such as safety, weather, economy, diversity, culture and education.

The full list:

1. Honolulu

2. Omaha

3. Charleston, South Carolina

4. Albuquerque, New Mexico

5. Tulsa, Oklahoma

6. Reno, Nevada

7. Asheville, North Carolina

8. Colorado Springs

9. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

10. Madison, Wisconsin

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