Why Nebraska?

Nebraska is truly right-in-the-middle-of-it-all offering an endless array of advantages that make living, working, and doing business here a wonderful and rewarding experience.

Nebraska offers…

  • Minimal commute times
  • Safe communities
  • Accessibility to natural, recreational and lifestyle amenities 
  • Exceptional environmental air and water quality 
  • An abundance of underground water
  • Employees with an unmatched work ethic
  • Central location offering an integrated system of interstates, mainline railroads, and airports
  • Industrial sites and buildings ready for immediate occupancy
  • A 100% public power system – the only state that offers it – providing customers with electrical power at some of the lowest rates in the nation

Over 55 million people are located within a 500-mile radius of Nebraska. Our balanced economic base and vast market potential have provided a profitable home for five Fortune 500 Companies including Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra Foods, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons, and Union Pacific Railroad.




  • 1st Lowest Combined Debt and Pension Liabilities,
    Financial Times FT.com, 2011
  • 3rd Nation’s Least Economic Stressed State,
    AP Analysis, 2011
  • 3rd Least Financially Distressed State,
    bizjournals.com, 2011
  • 4th Credit Quality,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 8th States with the Healthiest Housing Markets,
    CNBC, 2011
  • 10th Least Indebted States,
    MoneyWatch, 2011


  • 2nd Employment Leaders,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 3rd Best State for Job Seekers,
    MSN Careers, 2011
  • 3rd Best Pro-Business Legal Climate,
    U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform, 2010
  • 5th Pollina’s Top Pro-Business States,
    2011 Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.
  • 6th  Workforce Training Leaders,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 8th Best States for Business & Careers,
    Forbes.com, 2011
  • 10th America’s Top States for Business,
    CNBC, 2011
  • 10th Best Business Climate,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report

Quality of Life

  • 2nd Happiest States in America,
    MainStreet.com, 2011
  • 2nd Best Run States in America,24/7 Wall St., 2011
  • 3rd Best Quality of Life,
    Business Facilities 2011 Rankings Report
  • 4th in Nation for Volunteer Rate,
    2011 Volunteering in America report by Corp. for National and Community Service
  • 4th Top 10 States for Wellbeing,
    Gallup, 2011
  • 5th Top 10 States for Young People
    MoneyRates.com, 2012
  • 5th Best Education Climate,
    Business Facilities Magazine Rankings Report, 2010
  • 11th of the 20 Happiest, Healthiest States in America,
    Gallup, 2011

Growth & Innovation

  • 2nd Biofuels Leaders- Ethanol,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 3rd (tied) Biotechnology Strength Specialization Leaders,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 8th Biotechnology Strength Emerging Biotech Hubs,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 9th Top 10 States for Growth & Innovation,
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report, 2011
  • 10th Best Economic Growth Potential,
    Business Facilities 2011 Rankings Report
Learn more about the advantages of doing business in Nebraska by visiting the Nebraska Department of Economic Development website.