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Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, United States, and is the county seat of
It is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 20 miles (30 km) north of the
mouth of the Platte River.
Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, with Council Bluffs, Iowa
sitting adjacent to Omaha across the Missouri River.
According to the 2006 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, Omaha's population was 427,872.
The city and its suburbs formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2000,
with an estimated population of 829,890 residing in eight counties or about 1.2 million within a 50 mile
(80 km) radius.
The city grew on the Missouri River, with the first settlement extending from the Lone Tree Ferry crossing
from Kanesville, Iowa in the early 1850s.
Omaha earned its nickname, the "Gateway to the West", because of its central location as a
transportation hub for the United States in the mid-1800s.
Along with transportation and jobbing, early industries that were important to the city were its railroads,
breweries, and stockyards.
Today the economy of Omaha is diverse.
The city is the home to five Fortune 500 companies, including ConAgra Foods; Union Pacific Corporation;
Peter Kiewit and Sons; Mutual of Omaha Companies, and; Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle
of legendary investor and so-called "Oracle of Omaha" Warren Buffett.
In 2001 Newsweek identified Omaha as one of the Top 10 high-tech havens in the nation.
Six national fiber optic networks converge in Omaha. The Gallup Organization, TD Ameritrade,
PayPal and LinkedIn all have major operations or headquarters in Omaha.
The city also is the home to three of the top 30 architectural and engineering firms in the world,
which are Leo A. Daly Co., HDR, Inc. and DLR Group.
Tourism in Omaha benefits the city's economy greatly, with the annual College World Series providing
important revenue and the city's Henry Doorly Zoo serving as the top attraction in Nebraska.
The rich cultural background of Omaha includes the Joslyn Art Museum, the Durham Museum,
the Holland Performing Arts Center, and the Omaha Community Playhouse.
The city's historical and cultural attractions have been lauded by numerous national newspapers,
including the Boston Globe and the New York Times.
Music in Omaha has always been important to the city, with North Omaha's music scene being historically
important and in modern times, the "Omaha Sound", defining an important trend across the nation.
In 2008 Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked Omaha the number three best city in the
United States to "live, work and play."
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