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Not so bad - 12/11/2011
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Nicholas
Lincoln, NE

Nice people. Good living enviroment. weather sucks

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Penny
Lincoln, NE

Lincoln, Nebraska - 8/16/2014

The economy here has always been good. Even during the 2008 crash, we didn't really feel it. I'm sure some people would disagree with me, but being in what USED to be "middle class", we've done quite well here. The only bad thing I could say is the property taxes here are quite high.

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Mandy
Lincoln, NE

Very little crime. - 5/23/2013

Lincoln, NE is a great place to raise a family due to the low crime rate for its size.

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john
Lincoln, NE

property taxes - 3/21/2013

property taxes are over 2.0% in Lincoln, outrageous!!!

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Annie
Seattle, WA

Not a good place for newcomers needing excitement - 12/22/2012

The review dated from from 2009 from user Jeff pretty much hit the nail on the head with what I was going to say. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln a year ago. I told my father that if I couldn't find a job outside of Nebraska, I would kill myself. Soon after, I moved to Seattle, landed a job, and haven't looked back since. If you are a newcomer seeking a start in Lincoln, you better be extremely social and good at making friends. Because although people in Lincoln are polite, it can be extremely difficult to break into their circles and make friends. Most of the residents out of the university have family who's lived in Nebraska for generations. They already have their family and established friends. I've found that most people in Lincoln are not interested in meeting new people for friendship. You should also be white, as most people (white people) in Nebraska are not comfortable with associating with people who look or act differently. They're not outwardly racist, but just not comfortable with anything different in general. If you long for something intellectual, Lincoln is not your place. Interests rarely go beyond football and beer. There is a very minuscule arts scene in Lincoln but don't expect anything spectacular. As a female with career ambitions and aspirations, it was hard for me to connect with female friends as most of them only ever talk about their boyfriends and plan on becoming housewives. In some ways, Lincoln is essentially a small, dumpy town that just has a large population. I wouldn't call it a big city despite the statistical numbers. The low unemployment rate is not a good reason to just pick up and move to Nebraska. It's low because no one wants to live there to take the jobs. Realize what you are getting yourself into before moving to Nebraska. The bitter cold winters, the ice storms, and the disgusting, suffocating humid summers were what sealed the deal for me in calling it quits.

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Leon
Lincoln, NE

Great Place to Live and Work - 11/1/2012

I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and currently living in Lincoln, Nebraska home of the Big Red Cornhuskers. My transition from a large metropolitan city like Chicago, to Lincoln, Nebraska took a while for me to adjust to the culture and the pace the city and the people moved. Lincoln is a great place to raise a family, the city although does not have the multiple venue of entertainment like Chicago offer; but what Lincoln offer are: Great H.S. school & College systems, Great choices for religious needs, Awesome performing arts, HUSKER FOOTBALL (I had to get that in there), Easy air travels to Minneapolis, KC, Chicago, Denver etc. I hope this helps, those considering Lincoln, Nebraska for relocation or just a visit. Thanks

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bob
Lincoln, NE

Lack of entertainment and progression - 6/27/2012

The population stats are off. The 2010 census stated that Lincoln's population was 258,379. Anyhow, I think Lincoln is a decent place to live. It is extremely safe, is a great college town, great place to raise a family, low unemployment rates, and good public schools. I dislike the serious lack of entertainment though. The pinnacle bank arena is definitely a step in the right direction, but even with that, Lincoln still has a long way to go. This town is extremely conservative, not very progressive, and doesn't feel very conncected with the outside world.

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Nicholas
Lincoln, NE

Not so bad - 12/11/2011

Nice people. Good living enviroment. weather sucks

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Terry
Lincoln, NE

I gotta get out of this place! - 12/8/2011

I moved to Lincoln 2 years ago from Oregon. I totally agree with some of the comments I read. I will leave as soon as my son finishes high school in 2013 and I am considering Colorado. I have always been young in spirit and physically active; I fear I am becoming old and dull. I am also losing my subtlety. Here things are sweet or salty, there are no shades of pale. People here live in small boxes and hang curtains in them and never leave them. It is very strange and inhibitive.There are some interesting people here, but gosh,it takes a lot of work to find them!

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del
Lincoln, NE

public transportation - 4/15/2011

Public transportation is really bad in Lincoln, NE. They operate from 6:30AM to 5:15PM Mon-Sat ONLY. The city of Lincoln have the notion that people that have to or want to use public transport are poor or stupid and this is why they offer very, very limited service. I think that they don't or do not realize that if you offer a better service of public transport merchants will sell more, more income to the city/state and people that have to use public transport will be able to work over time, weekends and holidays. As of now those people are limited only to day jobs (max. to 5PM) Mon-Sat (no Sunday or holidays jobs). This is why people that are unemployed CAN'T (in many cases)find jobs. They are willing to work 2nd. or 3rd. shift, weekends or holidays but can't because of public transport limited schedule.

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Ted
Lincoln, NE

Small City features like a Big City - 2/25/2011

Lincoln is a great place to live. The university provides events and opportunities usually available only in larger cities. There's a wide range of groups where people get together monthly and discuss positions of interest. Sure, sports are big, but there's a lot to do if you don't care for sports. Location in the middle of the country means weather extremes are not unusual but it's not hot too long or cold too long. After living in several other locations both larger and smaller, I'd rather live in Lincoln than anywhere else. It's a growing community with a lot happening and low unemployment due to the conservative financial nature of most people.

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Bob
Lincoln, NE

lincoln - 1/7/2011

easy to get around, plenty to do, good restraunts,property taxes are an issue.

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Abhd
Lincoln, NE

Lincoln - living - 3/28/2010

This is very true, there is not much to do here in Lincoln and there are way too many bars downtown(full of uppity UNL students-I used to work nights serving theses drunken fools) I am a Nebraska native, but born and partially raised in Omaha. I also lived in Chicago for a short while. I absolutely hate Lincoln. If you are a minority do not move here, if you are Black do not move here. If you enjoy true diversity of people and world views do not move here. If you want a city with good public transportation do not move here because it is a joke, and people around here a very snobish concerning this topic. No bus service on Sundays and no evenings at all even though this is the "Capital City". This is basically a fanatic football college town. All that being said if you can stand it, it is a great "generic" city to raise a family in. If you want to teach your children in that type of environment. ( I know I do not) I am saving up to move out as soon as possible. This is a good place to go to college. Honestly though I am tired of looking at white people all day. I'm not racist, I just need to see more faces of color it is very demoralizing, even the white people I speak with can't stand it. (but they are only working class whites so what they think does not matter). If you want a generic, not too fussy life style and are conservative by all means move to the Lincoln. If you desire diversity, an open mind, a variety of cultural activities, good public transportation, to be able to walk into a store and find products and see people that represent you, do not move here. Also if you are a non- white person or even a white person who is not well connected do not expect to move up career wise, but that could be said of a lot of places.

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david
Lincoln, NE

boring - 2/3/2010

I lived in Lincoln for 4 years. Although I liked it, I would not consider moving back there. Yes, the people are nice, it is quiet and safe, but somehow I felt cut off from the rest of the world. If you are not a football fan, you might find it hard to break the ice with strangers.If you are from another country, then don't bother moving here unless you are a student and you can fit into a group from your country.In my interactions with different people, I was flabbergasted at how totally out of date their views were regarding other countries, people etc. Although I loved my work, whenever I took a vacation, I traveled to California or Minnesota, or out of country - this gave me a feeling of back to civilization! In my view, after retirement, if you are looking for a nice place to settle without much traffic, quiet and peaceful, Lincoln is a good place to retire. You can afford a much bigger house here for the same money than the east/west coasts.If you feel like traveling, both the Omaha and Lincoln airports are available - I have never ever had to wait in line at security at any of these airports!I usually arrive 30 mins before my flight.Getting stuck in traffic is very rare...I was stuck in traffic only once in my 4 years and that was during a Husker football game.

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Ryan
Lincoln, NE

Can't wait to leave! - 12/31/2009

After living in Lincoln for 20 years, I can't wait to leave. I would not recommend living here unless you are conservative and love football. Traffic is also bad considering the size of Lincoln. If you are from a big East or West coast city, don't bother. The only good things I can about Lincoln is that the cost of living is low and overall crime is low in most areas.

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Debbie
Lincoln, NE

Cigarette Smoke & Loud Engines - 12/1/2009

Two things struck me when I moved to Lincoln, NE in June of 2007. First was the amount of cigarette smoke outdoors relative to Cincinnati, OH where I had previously lived. The second was the volume of motorcycle, automobile, and lawn-mower engines that invaded the city. The latter seemed due to folks not realizing there might be other folks for whom the noise is undesirable, or possibly in spite of the fact that other folks might not care for the noise volume. The longer I've lived in the city, the more comfortable I've become. Never-the-less, the noise and smoke pollution levels are still counter to my preference.

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Ryan
Lincoln, NE

what I think of Lincoln - 11/4/2009

pros: very low crime low cost of living cons: constantly changing weather, with very hot summers and very cold winters not a good city if you don't vote Republican Lincoln can get boring, especially downtown, where there seems to be nothing to do but eat or go see a movie Overall, Lincoln is an okay city. However, if you are think of moving here from a city like Los Angeles, New York, etc. I would recommend not moving to Lincoln.

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Jeff

Hope you love football - 10/13/2009

I graduated from the University of Nebraska about two years ago and promptly headed west to Las Vegas to work in marketing/PR with a popular hotel chain. Having lived in Lincoln, Nebraska for about two years (I came here for graduate school from Michigan), I can say that Lincoln, Nebraska isn't the worst place in the world, but I was ready to leave when it was time. Lincoln, Nebraska is important for two reasons: it's where the state capital of Nebraska is based out of and it's where the University of Nebraska is based out of. So, in essence, Lincoln is a college town. However, unlike many college towns, it's really not that liberal. Nebraska in general is known for being a hardcore conservative state, and though myself I am a moderate Republican, the naive nature of most of the people here gets kind of annoying after a while. Most of the people are friendly in that Midwest sort of way, but open minded and free thinking aren't exactly the two things that come to mind when I talk to people around this area. The town comes alive six Saturdays every year. Of course I would be talking about Husker home football games, when Memorial stadium becomes the 3rd largest city in Nebraska (not joking). Having been to a few games, I will say there certainly is nothing like it in probably all of sports. It's fun, festive and makes the city come alive. However, outside of those six Saturdays... it's very quiet around here. Aesthetically speaking, Lincoln is not an attractive skyline. The capital building is one of the blandest in the country (compare it to Des Moines and you'll see what I mean). The roads are full of potholes. Outside of Haymarket Park, there aren't many "entertaining" areas. I can only go drinking and talk football for so long before I need another diversion, and that's another problem. Nebraska doesn't have that much to do. Anything worth driving to is at least a four hour drive. And in my opinion, Omaha doesn't count, as I view it as a bigger Lincoln with more restaurants, bars and businesses. The weather is very unpredictable, with cold winters and hot, humid summers. There aren't many jobs around here besides government or education positions. Even if I wanted to stay in the area, there wasn't much for me to choose from. Lincoln is a fine place and isn't as bad as some people like to make it. Nice people, good football team, low cost of living are all positive things it offers. However, I crave more and that's why I left after I graduated. It takes a certain kind of person (most of the time a born and bred native) to love living in Nebraska, and I am not that kind of person.

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john
Lincoln, NE

not too bad of a place - 10/6/2009

I've lived in lincoln for over 20 years now, and I must admit Lincoln is not a place that I want to wpend the rest of my life in. Its not that it is a bad place to live, but the opportunities in Lincoln are very low. The infrastructure of Lincoln is very poor, bad road construction that takes years to complete a simple 200ft of road, potholes all over the place that are never fixed, and due to the low level of tourist attractions in Nebraska, it will be very rare for any large business to set up in Lincoln. The city management is poor, in which past parts of the city used to flourish with businesses, hotels, and resturants, now contain run-down buildings with adult film/book stores next door. The lack of air travel used by the Lincoln Airport is also poorly managed, with flights leaving from omaha range from $200-$300 cheaper. Not to mention the "good-life" states weather, the most unpredictable weather I believe to be in the US. The only state I believe where the weather man can predict snow on the day after christmas and we get 71 degree weather and sunny, then April rolls around and we have a foot of snow on the roads, in which most roads do not get plowed, but rely on traffic to just pack it in. Granted, the cost of living in Lincoln is very cheap compared to the rest of country. You can be high-upper class with a house costing $300K on a golf course, or still live very comfortable in many nice homes that can start at $130K. There is a high crime problem of course.All the convenient places to live(close to the university, downtown, schools) are infested with high crime rates, so they aren't able to flourish the way they should. Even with a police station right across the street from apartments, it doesn't deter vandalism, assaults, etc. If you want a low cost of living and don't mind crazy weather, Lincoln, ne is for you. But if you're like me and want opportunities, excitement, etc, you're better off heading to another place.

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Cynthia
Lincoln, NE

Lincoln Climate - 6/27/2009

I have lived in Lincoln all my life (61 years), and would make the following observations about Lincoln's weather/climate: The weather is, along with high taxation, the worst aspect of living here. It is a place of extremes--very hot and humid for long periods in the summer (June through August), very cold off and on during the winter (January through March). In general, the "feel" (temperature, humidity) is good in April and May, and part of June; October and November, and part of September. July and August are unbearable for people who don't like heat and humidity; January and February are likewise unpleasant for those who dislike cold. December and June are transitional months, and can be quite pleasant or awful, depending on the year. In summer, one of the main problems is that very hot/humid weather sets in and stays for days/weeks on end. And unlike places further west, nights do not cool off appreciably during July and August. Snowfall is very inconsistent, and the city is often left with the worst type of winter--an "open" winter with very cold temperatures and no snow cover. Very hard on plants! Wind is often an issue, summer and winter.

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Andy
Chicago, IL

Licoln - 4/29/2009

I love Lincoln! Great college town.

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