Review of Lincoln, Nebraska


Keep going West to Colorado!!!
Star Rating - 2/11/2019
I've lived here for 12 years and still struggle to fully understand the vibe here. It's somewhere between the "good 'ol boy" system and an insecure desire to be more than a big town. There is a very insecure vibe here that borders on some strange hive mentality that only the locals understand and people are very, very nosy. There are an awful lot of meatheads running around in Husker shirts too. It's real cliquey and you'll have a hard time breaking into any social circles once the local yokels find out you weren't born and bred there. They come off as "We're the friendliest place in the Midwest" but that is only true if you are from here. Save yourself grief and move to Colorado, the people there are way cooler and don't care what you do.
Steven | Lincoln, NE
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From my understanding, Nebraskans are nice if say your car were to break down on the highway. They'll help you out. But if you were to walk into a bar, people who be very nervous around you. It took me a while to understand this but I know that Lincoln and Omaha aren't like most cities. Many people who live there are only 1 to 2 generations removed from a farming community. That reinforces the small-town culture of the cities. So if you're an outsiders, it's really difficult to actually make friends there. I also don't think the niceness applies to minorities either. Lincoln is a pretty white town and many people have no friends of color nor have many meaningful interactions with them. In regards to the "good 'ol boy" system, I cannot speak on that personally but can see how opportunities for employment and social mobility might be restricted to life-long residents who have local connections.
Gregory | Bloomington, IN
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