The second largest community in Nebraska, Lincoln, known as the "Prairie Capital City," has a population of 236,146. This city been growing steadily at a rate of over 4% annually, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest.
The chamber of commerce refers to the town as a "community of opportunity," and the current economic situation seems to support this. Even Forbes magazine, in May 2005, named Lincoln as the seventh-best small metro area for business and careers, and ranked it third for income growth.
Lincoln's annual per capita income growth rate is almost 8%, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This is 3% higher than the national average. In addition, Lincoln's cost of living is 11% lower than the US average, and recent job growth has averaged over 2%, contributing to its low unemployment rate of 3.8%.
The largest employers in Lincoln include:
- State of Nebraska
- Lincoln Public Schools
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- Bryon LGH Medical Center
- Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
- Alltel Communications
- Duncan Aviation
This means graduates with Lincoln-based degrees in computer information systems, medical assisting, hospitality and a wide range of other fields should all be able to find excellent employment opportunities.
More than one million visitors descend on Lincoln each year to view its museums, theaters, galleries, and annual events such as the Abraham Lincoln Celebration, Chocolate Lover's Fantasy, and Jazz in June. For relaxation, Lincoln also offers parks, golf courses, renowned restaurants, hiking trails, and a vibrant live music scene.
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