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Growing With Lincoln, Nebraska

Updated on July 16, 2015
Sunken Gardens in Lincoln, NE.
Sunken Gardens in Lincoln, NE. | Source

Top 30 Cities for Jobs in the US

Lincoln, Nebraska was named in late 2008 to the list of Top 30 Cities for Jobs in the US by the job search engine In order to achieve such a ranking, cities or metropolitan areas are ones that offer and an increasing job market, growth industries (incuding sustainability for the 21st century), lower crime rates, a higher standard of living with a lower than average cost, substantial educational opportunities, and several others.

Located in Lancaster County, Lincoln is home to over a quarter million people - average age just about 30 years - and is the State Capital. The Platte River is nearby to the northeast of Lincoln, but conveniently located for transporation and outdoor sports and recreation. Home to a relatively young population and a growing job market, Lincoln is an ideal setting for young business professionals and those wishing to raise a family.

Growth In Lincoln

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Sustainability and Altermative Energy

As one fo the Top 30 Cities for Jobs, Lincoln is active in sustainability and alternative energy production. In fact, the state of Nebraska overall is one of America's top providers of corn-based ethanol. In addition, Nebraska offers oil reserves, though largely in the western half of the State. The Platte crude oil pipeline from Wyoming travels along southern Nebraska and Lincoln to Midwest.

Aside from ethanol, fuel is also produced from native plants such as switchgrass and form soybean and other vegetable oils. Coal based plants in Wyoming provide 2/3 of the states electricity, while nuclear plants near Lincoln on the MIssouri river offer another 3/10 of that power. Hydroelectric power provides the remainder of the electiricy in Nebraska and Lincoln. Wind power is the target of much energy production development in the late 2000s.


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Revitalization and Entertainment

Downtown urban revitalization projects seem to be the hallmark of's Top 30 Cities and previously of the Top 25 Cities for Jobs and Business named by such entities as Money Magazine, US News & World Reports, and other financial, economic, and workforce organizations.

The Downtown Lincoln Association was formed to boost efforts at revitalization and raising the economic well being of the city and the state. Since its inception, this project has created a lively urban dwelling place for residents among features that include top notch jobs and services in education, government, arts and culture, entertainment, travel & tourism, banking and financial services, and particularly retail sales.

Lincoln Nebraska Underground - DJ BLAC

Downtown Culture


Sports create a large component of the culture in Downtown Lincoln and this includes:


  • Celebrate Lincoln - every June.
  • Haymarket Cork and Ale Festival
  • Historic Haymarket - year around activities, theater, shopping, and antiques.
  • Jazz in June
  • Nebraska State Fair
  • Star City Holiday Festival & Parade - annually during the Christmas Season.
  • Ribfest - each August

Higher Education in Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln is seen as the Educational Hub of the state of Nebraska, which has been a primarily agricultural economy though the 20th century. 21st century science and technology and education are combining with agriculture in the lines of alternative energy to create various biofuels and this trend should continue for several decades. The trend toward area colleges and universities partnering with business in these endeavors will further increase new jobs and emerging industries.

Colleges and Universities

Additional Services - This is a website designed to provide help to educators and students at all levels, including homeschoolers, while specifically targeting at-risk you. Associated programs feature Credit Recovery, alternative education, virtual classrooms (online). This program helps to increase the number of high school graduates in Lincoln each year and propel then to higher education, postsecondary training programs. and substantial employment.

This type of program plays an important role in the revitalization of a previously declining community or metro area by increasing the economy and reducing crime as well as boosting the quality of life for participants. Bidgeport, Connecticut has also found such programs very effective.


Largest Employers in Lincoln

  1. State Dept. of Health and Human Services - also 3rd largest emloyer in the state.
  2. Bryan Medical Center - 4th largest in the state.
  3. Bryan LGH Medical Center East - 12th largest in Nebraska.
  4. St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center - 21st largest in the state.
  5. Bryan LGH Counseling Center - 25th largest employer in Nebraska.
  6. Bryan LGH Medical Center West 
  7. Duncan Aviation - Aircraft service and maintenance.
  8. Kawasaki Motors - Motorcycle vehicle and parts manufacturing.
  9. Madonna Rehab Hospital
  10. State Farm Insurance

Top 10 Fast Growing Jobs

  1. Petroleum Pump and Refinery Operators and related occupations
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts - IT
  3. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  4. Medical and Phsycian's Assistants
  5. Truck Drivers - semi trucks, heavy trucks, tractor trailers, etc..
  6. Dental Assistants and Hygienists
  7. Food & Beverage Preparation and Service Jobs - all levels, front and back of house, including fast food.
  8. General, Bookkeeping, and Accounting Clerks
  9. Retail Salespersons and related jobs
  10. Nurses Adies, Health Technologists, Healthcare Support 

Other Fast Growing Jobs

  • Business and Financial Operations Staff - includes managers and supervisors.
  • Financial Specialists
  • Computer and Mathematics Specialists
  • Education and Training jobs - Adult and Continuing Education, Instructors in community and alternative education venues.
  • School Teachers - Elementary School, High School, and Special Education

Local Attraction - Charlie Johnson's Museum of the Odd

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rodeo - Bull Riding


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the tip!

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      omaharealestatene 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Omaha has a lot of great jobs as well!

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      horn1942 7 years ago

      My name is Bill Horn. I was rasiedin So Lincoln until I was 14, we then moved to Seattle Wa. I have been trying to find childhood friend, his dad was a Lincoln Police Officer, he would have retired in the 60s or 70s. His name is Butcher, unknown first, his son name is Gary. I lived on so 14th St, I believedhe lived on 15th or 16 St. Any Help would be helpful. Thank You Bill Horn

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      The town sounds better all the time. Thanks!

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      barranca 9 years ago

      Additional thoughts: Two other attractions of Lincoln that are quite worth seeing are: The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery which is housed in a Phiip Johnson building and contains one of the best collections of American art in the country, and there is also a great art film theater on the campus that screens the best movies. On a stroll through the UNL campus you will find many large public sculptures by the best contemporary sculptors including: Richard Serra, Mark DeSuvero, and the one pictured above by Oldenburg. The Zoo Bar is legendary as a real rhythm and blues bar that is on the national circuit for the best blues players in the US.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, I think people will be looking to states that they had never considered for homes before. it can be a time of adventure! Thanks for your comments, laringo!

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      laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Patty this ia a very insightful Hub, especially to anyone considering a major move, Despite the predicament of our economy it seems as though Nebraska is very progressive in alternative fuel production and also a city like Lincoln where a younger, many college educated population are good for growth and development in various sectors.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      barranca - I enjoyed reading your insights and experinces and it is a good contribution to this review and advice to job seekers. Thanks very much!

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      barranca 9 years ago

      I went to highshool and much of college in Lincoln and then also lived there off and on as an adult. I always found it to be a comfortable, pleasant mid-sized city that is well run and relatively friendly. Sometimes I was a bit exasperated by its midwestern smug complacency that seems endemic to the entire region. In many ways though it is quintessential America.

      Excellent hub.