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29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Forget the cornfields. The Nebraska state capital is so much more : Exotic food, plenty of school pride and just the right touch of nightlife.

Michael Wunder

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1. It’s The Home Of The Real Red Sea

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Wikipedia user Bobak Ha’Eri

You’ll get to learn the official state motto pretty quick. Every fall, when you’re drowning in a sea of red, all you’ll hear will be “GO BIG RED!” which means you’ve made it to the Husker homeland. Feel free to join in. Or not. It’s okay.

2. Food Is Oozing From Every Doorway

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Dempsey’s via Facebook

Good news for foodies: Lincoln is cooking up a restaurant Renaissance. From burgers to Thai, this town is becoming a haven for food lovers of all types. Grab a gourmet burger at Dempsey’s, Thai food at Blue Orchid Restaurant, or a juicy steak at Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. Whatever you have, you’ll love it.

3. Those Crazy Kids And Their Music

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Duffy’s Tavern via Facebook

You’re sure to find a plethora of tasty tunes every night in this college town. Funk, blues, electronic, folk, rock… it’s all here. Enjoy a show at Duffy’s Tavern, the Bourbon Theatre, the Zoo Bar or some awesome classic rock covers at Duggan’s Pub.

4. You Can Live Like A King On A Pauper’s Budget

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Source: Flickr user ishane

With one-bedroom apartments for $300 a month and a cost of living lower than the national average, it’s easy to live like royalty in Lincoln. Hey, you can even make a crown of corn.

5. The Nights Actually Have Life

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Rule G Nightclub via Facebook

Let’s face it, hitting a bar with your friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And there’s no shortage of pubs, dives, and nightclubs in Lincoln. Just take a walk down O Street, the city’s main drag, and you’ll be presented with more opportunities to imbibe some choice brews (Brother’s and Sandy’s) and shake your groove thang (Club Karma and Rule G) than you can shake a stick at.

6. We’re Healthy And Happy—And Number One

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Source: Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center via Facebook

Here’s something to gloat about. Lincoln was ranked at the very top of a 2013 Gallup list of healthiest and happiest cities. You are literally living in a less healthy and happy place at this moment. Get over here.

7. There’s Art Among The Corn

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Source: Wikipedia user Michael F. James

Look, Nebraska isn’t all crop fields. We do have art and culture. And no, it’s not just paintings of corn. You’ll be proven wrong by the Sheldon Museum of Art, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, or simply all the art hanging in bars and coffee shops around town.

8. You Can Get Back To Nature All Over Town

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Source: Flickr user Karin Dalziel

Reclaim your inner animal with a trip to one of Lincoln’s 125 parks, like the scenic Wilderness Park. This 1,472-acre public conservancy of woodland and prairie is perfect for embracing your rustic side.

9. The Pinnacle Of Arenas Can Be Found Here

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Source: Wikipedia user CrunchySkies

It’s fresh, it’s shiny and it’s state of the art. It’s the Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln’s latest addition. It’s also been nominated as one of the world’s best new major concert venues. From James Taylor to Pink, this arena brings the best to town.

10. Lincolnites Don’t Know What “Out Of Work” Means

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Source: Wikipedia user Tomas Castelazo

Unemployment? We don’t understand. With an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in Lincoln at the end of December, you won’t stress over finding a job. And combined with the low cost of living, that job will easily support your new life here. And no wonder, since…

11. There’s No Excuse For No College Degree

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Source: Wikipedia user ensign_beedrill

If you’re moving to Lincoln to further your education, you couldn’t do much better. The University of Nebraska is a leader in education, but if a big state school isn’t your vibe, Nebraska Wesleyan University offers a more personal college experience.

12. You’ll Feel Secure In The Home Of The 911 System

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Source: Flickr user scottjwaldron

Okay, okay, so there’s some dispute over the origin of the 911 emergency system, but Lincoln could be it’s home. Doesn’t that make you feel safer?

13. Relive The Past In The Haymarket District

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Source: Flickr user Yutaka Tsutano

The Historic Haymarket district is like another time and place. As you (or you and a sweetheart) stroll along the brick buildings over the cobblestone roads, you’ll be reminded of the simpler things in life.

14. A Weird…OK, “One-Of-A-Kind” Legislative System

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Source: Flickr user TexasExplorer98

Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral legislative system. Having only one house apparently makes political process more efficient—or so they say. Regardless, it’s an interesting piece of trivia to tell your friends back home.

15. You Can Basically Walk To Omaha

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Shannon Ramos

Separated by an hour drive, Lincoln and Omaha are basically one and the same city—and if both keep growing, they eventually will be. So take a weekend and check out what Omaha will soon be bringing to your backyard.

16. Everyone Is Single And Ready To Spend

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Source: Flickr user 401K 202

Lincoln is in the top 3 percent for single, well-paid men and women, according to CityTownInfo.com. So if for some reason you don’t find “the one,” at least you’ll die rich, right?

17. Treat Your Kids To Their Favorite Furry Friends

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Lincoln Children’s Zoo Facebook page

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is perfect for giving your children a close-up look at their favorite animals including monkeys, giraffes and even red pandas!

18. It’s Got A History Of Overachieving

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Source: Wikipedia user John M. Noble

Lincolnites are known for making their mark on history. One example you might have heard of is none other than Charles Lindbergh, the man who made the first nonstop solo trip across the Atlantic. He started out in flying school right here in Lincoln. Not bad.

19. You Can Chill Out With Mammoth Bones

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Source: Flickr user Rough Tough, Real Stuff

Ever wanted to get up close and personal with an Ice Age legend? Well you can in Lincoln. Morrill Hall, part of the University of Nebraska, is home to more than a few fine fossils. You can also kick it with some dinosaurs, too, just to thrill your inner kid.

20. A Whole Museum Dedicated To The Roller Skate

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: National Museum of Roller Skating Facebook page

If you don’t think roller-skating is exciting, you’ve clearly never been to the National Museum of Roller Skating. Everything you never knew about the sport is right here, along with some awesome old photos and artifacts.

21. Bask In The Glory Of The Sower

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Source: Wikipedia user Ammodramus

We have to give a shoutout to the Sower. That dude standing on top of the Capitol building, spreading the seeds of prosperity? He’s got your back. Or something. He’s really graceful-looking up there, and he’s been around forever.

22. We’ll Get You Pedaling In Circles

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Source: Great Plains Bicycling Club Facebook page

Nebraska gets a bad rap for being flat, but that’s gold for cyclists. If you’re prone to pedaling, then Lincoln was basically designed for you with the surplus of bike trails and bike lanes.

23. People Here Actually Give A Pho

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Source: Vung Tau Facebook page

If you have a thing for Vietnamese food, then welcome to heaven. Home to some of the finest Pho joints around like the Pho Factory and Vung Tau, Lincoln is sure to have you slurping down broth like a pro.

24. You Can Get Zen At The Sunken Gardens

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Source: Wikipedia user Babymestizo

Take a trip to the Sunken Gardens and feel yourself get a little lighter. The stress will melt away as you walk along the serene fountains and fauna—and more than 30,000 plants! An affordable (okay, free) way to enjoy a sunny day.

25. The Cowardly Lion Lived Here, Sort Of

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Source: The Wizard of Oz Facebook page

“The Wizard of Oz.” One of the finest films of all time, right? Author Frank L. Baum apparently intended his work to be an allegory of early 1900s politics, and Nebraska congressman William Jennings Bryan was lovingly portrayed as the Cowardly Lion.

26. A Museum About Speed (Not The Movie)

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Source: Museum of American Speed Facebook page

Like to live on the edge and put the pedal to the metal? Well, the Museum of American Speed—Lincoln’s tribute to the American need for speed—is sure to quench your thirst. Take a trip through time and learn about everything that makes up a racing engine. Vroom vroom.

27. Your Health (And Wallet) Will Love It Here

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Source: Bryan Health Facebook page

Lincoln came in eighth on Livability.com’s list of the most affordable cities for healthcare. You don’t have to sacrifice your financial health for your physical health, just move to Lincoln!

28. Our Weather Is Completely Unpredictable, And Completely Amazing

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Shawn Rossi

Snowing one minute and sweltering the next, Nebraska can dish out some pretty paradoxical weather. Don’t let that dissuade you, though. A beautiful day in Lincoln is totally unmatched by anything.

29. Never Had A Runza? Then You’ve Never Lived

29 Things You Need To Know About Lincoln Before You Move There

Source: Wikipedia user rayb777

If you’ve ever met someone from Nebraska, they probably mentioned Runza at some point. That’s because it’s unearthly good. It’s basically a bread pouch filled with fresh beef, cabbage and onions. And it’s incredible. The carbohydrate-loaded goodness may have spread to other states now, but it got its delicious start right here.

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posted on: March 11, 2014
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  1. Tony

    More miles of bike path per square mile than portland and a 1400sq ft bungalow costs less than $100,000. (The Pho IS Vietnamese, Lincoln has a more multifarious population, per capita, than San Francisco.) But that said, nothin’ to see here…keep flyin’ over. 😉

  2. Michael Glenn Laughlin

    Wave as you fly over, Tony … Lincolnites are friendly.

  3. hutch

    Lincoln is horrible. Stay away, far away. Don’t get near the place. It’s way too crowded not enough bike paths,no subways, commuter trains and not nearly enough Starbucks. Go to SF,NYC,Seattle etc and start you own “trend”, be original.

  4. Corey

    That article was terrible. Born and raised myself. Hope the website hired you as an intern, hah no joke.

  5. Robert

    You left out the original and the best, Pho Ngyuen.

  6. Parviz Kholmatov

    There’s also some really authentic greek food over at The Parthenon as well! if you never want to leave downtown, there’s also two gyro shops literally right next to each other.

  7. Guest

    29 reasons why one should never move to Lincoln. Here are a few.
    1) The college football team is all the Lincoln has to hold on to and unfortunately they haven’t won in years so it’s more like a sea of red tears each year.
    2)There’s plenty of food spots because that’s the second form of entertainment for a place that offers very little. ‘
    3)Music-really….? Laughable
    4)$300/month for rent if you are in a rundown area where your roommates will be plenty of bugs and neighbors are addicts.
    5)Night life, if you ONLY enjoy getting drunk all the time which is the main source of entertainment here. O Street shouldn’t be the only street to offer “entertainment.”
    6)Art, if you have to mention that there’s art in coffee shops and bars (which is common all over the country) then it shows how limited art really is here.
    7)Yes there is a lot of nature that’s why there’s not enough “city” to see.
    8)Unemployment rate isn’t low across cultural lines
    9)UNL maybe a leader in the state but not on a national level unless of course you are speaking of the agricultural dept. since there’s so much land to study.
    10)Yes, you are reminded of the simple life here because it a lot of simple minded people and things.
    11)Weather is amazing, yes if you enjoy sauna days in the summer due to the high levels of humidity and crazy winters where it’s a blizzard one day and 50 degrees the next.
    12)You will see a tractor (please keep the tractors on the farms and use cars when off the farm) stop traffic which you wouldn’t see in a city.

    Lincoln is nothing to brag about and is a town that has mini resemblances of an actual city. Most people in Lincoln grew up in even smaller towns in Neb. and come to Lincoln like it’s the “big city” which it is far from. Diversity…? Well I guess when you grew up in small towns and grew up with barely other cultures I guess they would consider Lincoln diverse (you got to be kidding yourself with those thoughts). Don’t waste your time and go enjoy a real city.

    • Theresa in response to Guest

      debbie downers are everywhere.

      • Guest in response to Theresa

        So are those who are delusional and operate from a fantasy world. The truth and reality hurts.

    • Nebraska Girl in response to Guest

      Simple minded?? Only a person who is very simple themselves would actually call another “simple minded”….Lincoln is a beautiful city….no its not New York City, or Seattle, but we are talking about a much smaller scale. The people here in Lincoln are incredibly nice, and easy going!! And we have been recognized for it numerous times!! You my dear friend are somewhat of an ass! And. Those people driving tractors that are slowing down your car….those people are feeding families all over this country! They should be applauded!

  8. Jeff Shafer

    Ok, I admit the last time I was in Lincoln before last September’s Husker-UCLA game was at my graduation from NU in 1966. I lived in Lincoln from 1961-1966 and what I experienced during last September’s visit sort of shocked me. After the game my wife and I walked across campus (hardly recognizable but gorgeous!) What shocked me as we eventually made our way to the Cornhusker Hotel was the ghost-like atmosphere of the city. Hardly a soul on the streets. Even Duffy’s Tavern (my favorite Shuffle Board place) was dead as a door nail. Could it be that Lincoln only “lives” if the Huskers win a game? Maybe. The thing I remember vividly about Lincoln is the winter weather-a cold so cold and bone chilling that coming out of a classroom took away my breath…and the ice on the cement walks would be better negotiated with skates (ice not roller). I loved my time in Lincoln and the inexpensive steaks and brain sandwiches. And my education at the University was top notch and I still maintain contact with a number of my fraternity brothers. Alas, I do not think I will move to Lincoln. But I do remember seeing Johnny Carson at one halftime game and was proud to tell anyone who would listen that I had the same speech teacher as did the “Great Carsini”. Thank you Dr. Olsen.

  9. Milla

    Shame on the author: Certain Asian food places aren’t even worth mentioning (especially in the context of “exotic”), while Runza is a basterdized FAST-FOOD version of Russian “pirozhki”, of which you can find much better representatives in the big cities with real Russian restaurants. Lincoln made it to the top 10 COLDEST cities in the U.S., and is very hot (read HUMID) in the summer. The total abscence of mountains/oceans/lakes makes a wildlife trip bleak, and often it is hard to nearly impossible to find a good nightlife event. Low cost of living? – yes. Plethora of very affordable and local farmer’s markets? – yes. Decent healthcare? – perhaps yes. Good place to raise kids? – Quite possibly for some people. But the list is a joke.

  10. Kristi

    I live in Lincoln and agree there isn’t much to do at night except hit the bars. However,you need to realize that it is a college town. It is a good place to raise kids and there are many opportunities for employment. The jobs may not be for a CEO but it isn’t hard to find a job if you are willing to work. I look at the comments with the same opinion as I do when people complain about a TV show,if you don’t like it turn the channel. If you don’t like Lincoln …MOVE.

  11. Colin Taylor

    Do I detect a little enhancement here? pictures = opinions
    Lincoln, like the Runza, stacks up only if your stack is short.

  12. Brian

    zeroes

  13. Ditto

    I moved here in July of 2014. At first, I was fooled by the cheap cost of living. The people are passive aggressive idiots. Taxes are insanely high. The roads are worse than any other city in the country. Ask one of these delusional morons how much they paid in “wheel tax”- the gift they keep on giving. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. Tire tax. And where does it go? Maybe to the over 10k potholes they had to fix after last week’s snow? I’ve never, ever witnessed that happen anywhere else. Seriously the most shallow people I’ve ever met. They love their alcohol. Top shelf vodka sold EVERYWHERE. And yes, strip clubs. A very seedy town with zero morals for being uptight, conservative religious republicans. On a positive note- if you can find anyone of color, you will likely kiss them. You can tell people born here versus those from anywhere else. The weirdest phenomenon. And the weather- it’s either hot or cold. No in between. People in NE need to believe they’re special. They’re not. Their football sucks and they are #3 in corn. Not #1.

  14. Gabriel

    I Just got admitted to UNL, and am I ve read a lot about Lincoln Low standard of living.. is this truth? and how about the accomodation? I ll love to know more about Lincoln…

 

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