Open a box of crayons and color outside the lines. It makes life exciting, especially when you do it in one of the nation’s most vibrant metropolitan areas with a population just under 1 million. OK, that’s not an official designation. But this is a place that boasts a rich palette of amenities that leaves visitors green with envy and residents dripping with pride.

Open a box of crayons and color outside the lines. It makes life exciting, especially when you do it in one of the nation’s most vibrant metropolitan areas with a population just under 1 million. OK, that’s not an official designation. But this is a place that boasts a rich palette of amenit…

Those in search of great places to work, good places to start a business, affordable homes, excellent schools, colleges and universities or other lifestyle amenities often find them here.

Those in search of great places to work, good places to start a business, affordable homes, excellent schools, colleges and universities or other lifestyle amenities often find them here.

Five notable residents share why the Big O has a major place in their hearts

According to rankings by a variety of organizations, the Omaha area suits the needs of those searching for a job, a good place to start a business, an affordable home and other lifestyle factors.Here is a sampling of rankings.

The World-Herald offers a variety of information online to help you learn more about the metro area. Here’s a sample of what you can find.

Metro Guide is published annually by the Omaha World-Herald, 1314 Douglas St., Omaha, NE 68102. Copyright, 2015 Omaha World-Herald. This magazine was published Aug. 2, 2015.