'Nebraska A Top Ten State In Which
To Make A Living'
According to new analysis by MoneyRates.com, Nebraska
is one of the nation's best places to earn a living.
Columbus Telegram section on Reversing
'Lincoln is happiest place in the
U.S., says Gallup'
(Lincoln Journal Star) -- JournalStar.com reports
that Lincoln is the happiest place in the United
States, topping nearly 190 other metropolitan areas
"in the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index,
which tallies scores in six measures of well-being."
Omaha checked in at 27th. The story notes that it
is "actually job satisfaction that put Lincoln
over the top." And "the city also ranked
high in the basic access category, which measures
things such as clean air and water and access to
health care." Nebraska as a whole also fared
well in the survey, coming in at No. 7 among the
states, up one spot from 2011, the article notes.
'Nebraska: A Top-Ten State For
Nebraska is again ranked sixth in the country for
well-being, according to a new survey by Gallup.
The annual report measures physical health, emotional
health, work environment, lifestyle behaviors, access
to basic needs such as clean water and medicine,
and people's perceived satisfaction with their lives.
Those participating in the survey were asked about
their eating habits, daily stress levels, and whether
they used their strengths at work, among other things.
Nebraska scored 68.5 out of a possible 100. Ranked
ahead of Nebraska were Hawaii, Colorado, Minnesota,
Utah and Vermont. States in the Midwest and Northeast
typically scored higher, while most Southern states
scored the lowest. The bottom five states were Arkansas,
Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and No. 50 West
Virginia. For full results, visit www.well-beingindex.com.
'Report: Nebraska offers most-affordable
(AP/KRVN.com) -- The AP reports that a new study
by LendingTree, which runs an online market for
mortgages and other loans, "says Nebraska homeowners
paid $711 per month for their mortgages, on average
over the past year" -- the lowest mortgage
payments in the nation. "Washington D.C. is
home to the highest average mortgage payment of
$1,641. Hawaii has the second-highest payments of
$1,536, and California ranks third at $1,445 per
month." Hawaii is the most expensive state
in the U.S. to buy a home with an average price
over $742,000, while Nebraska is the cheapest.
'Nebraska gains ground in population'
(The Business Journals) -- BizJournals.com reports
that Nebraska is one of eight states that have changed
positions in the nation's population rankings since
the 2010 federal census was taken. West Virginia
had held a population lead of 26,700 over Nebraska
when the 2010 census was conducted. But new estimates
indicate that Nebraska has now squeaked ahead by
900 to take 37th place. California remains the nation's
most populous state with 38.19 million as of Dec.
1, 2012, followed by Texas, New York, Florida and
Illinois. Meanwhile, Georgia has pulled past Michigan
for eighth place, while Arizona has surpassed Indiana
for 15th place. The District of Columbia, which
is considered a state for statistical purposes,
has leaped ahead of No. 50 Vermont. Wyoming remains
the nation's least populated state.
'Household incomes expanding quickly
in Neb., Dakotas'
(Sacramento Business Journal) -- BizJournals.com
reports that a new report by the U.S. Bureau of
Economic Analysis finds that personal income rose
in 3,062 of the nation's 3,113 counties in 2011.
"Of the 50 counties with the fastest personal
income growth in 2011, 45 were in the Plains Region
with 41 of the 45 counties located in Nebraska,
North Dakota, and South Dakota. ... Increases in
farm income were a major factor in the growth rates
for most of these counties." Nationwide, personal
incomes rose an average of 5.2% in 2011, up from
3.8% in 2010. Inflation, meanwhile, accelerated
to 2.4% in 2011 from 1.9% in 2010.
'Report: Nebraska No. 5 for housing
(South Florida Business Journal) -- Nebraska is
ranked near the top in a new LendingTree LLC index
on healthiest housing markets. In a story published
at bizjournals.com, Nebraska came in at No. 5 on
the list. "The LendingTree Healthiest Housing
Index shows North Dakota has the healthiest housing
market in the U.S., followed by Wyoming, Minnesota,
Alaska, Nebraska, Utah, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas
and Iowa." The bottom 10 were Nevada, Florida,
Georgia, Arizona, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Illinois,
Louisiana, California and New Jersey.
'NU Report Shows More Economic
Growth For Nebraska'
(10/11 News) -- 1011now.com reports that the "Nebraska's
Leading Economic Indicator increased by 0.93% in
February 2012, indicating that the Nebraska economy
will grow at a moderate rate in mid-2012."
According to the story, "this marks the third
consecutive monthly increase in the Leading Economic
Indicator -- Nebraska, which is produced by faculty
and students within the UNL College of Business
'Lincoln, Omaha Named As Top 10
Cities To Raise A Family'
The online financial publication 24/7 Wall St. has
named Lincoln and Omaha as top ten cities to raise
a family. According to the website, Lincoln is ranked
No. 5, while Omaha is No. 8. The study considered
quality of schools, health care and recreational
opportunities, in addition to green space and playgrounds,
hospitals, unemployment and violent crime rates.
Regarding No. 5 Lincoln, the publication noted that
the city's economy "has done exceptionally
well through the recession," with its unemployment
rate for 2011 the lowest among all major cities.
"The city also has large amounts of land dedicated
to parks and playgrounds." Eighth-ranked Omaha,
according to the story, had the nation's second-lowest
unemployment rate for 2011 due to its "bustling
economy, with a large insurance, health care, and
finance presence. Five Fortune 500 companies are
based there," as well as "a number of
'UNL economists predict Neb. economy
to keep growing'
(AP/BusinessWeek.com) -- The AP reports that a new
economic report from UNL suggests that "Nebraska's
economy will continue growing at a moderate pace
in the next six months." The university economists
looked at "single-family housing starts, airline
passengers, initial unemployment claims, manufacturing
hours, the value of the U.S. dollar and the data
from a survey of Nebraska businesses. ... The only
factor that suggested slower growth was the unemployment
data. UNL economist Dr. Eric Thompson said that
growth in the Leading Economic Indicator in January
suggests the Nebraska economy will accelerate later
'As Legislature debates data center
legislation, communities like Aurora prepare'
(NTV, Kearney) -- Nebraska.tv reports that Aurora
Chamber director "Christian Evans has his head
in the clouds, as he pictures a corn field as a
data center at the heart of modern cloud computing."
The article and NTV video notes that Nebraska lawmakers
have advanced LB1118, an incentive bill for large
data centers. Senator Galen Hadley of Kearney says
Nebraska has "five cities that have pad-ready
sites, so I hope we have five projects that come
to Nebraska that come to five cities." Cities
with technology parks include Kearney, Aurora, Fremont,
North Platte and South Sioux City.
'Lt. Gov: Nebraska has good chance
to land 'The Edge''
(Kearney Hub) -- KearneyHub.com reports that Nebraska
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, in a speech to the Kearney
Rotary Club, said Nebraska has a good chance at
landing a planned $1.2 billion data center. "'We
have a good chance at being successful,' Sheehy
said about The Edge project, which reportedly is
deciding whether to locate in Kearney or in Iowa.'"
The story notes that state lawmakers are pushing
tax incentives for the data center (under LB1118)
and rate-setting authority for Nebraska Public Power
District to provide electricity at a discount for
the data center (under LB1043).
'Nebraska travel guide goes digital'
(Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development)
Nebraska's DED reports, "The 2012 Nebraska
Travel Guide is now available in a fully interactive
digital format. Travelers can learn about Nebraska,
search attractions and accommodations, watch videos,
link directly to websites and find everything they
need to start planning their next getaway. It's
all there with just a few quick taps. View the digital
guide on a computer at www.VisitNebraska.gov/zinio
or get the guide on your tablet via zinio.com/NebraskaTravel.
'NU business students market their
Nebraska family values'
(AP/TheRepublic.com) -- The AP report that "business
administration students at UNL are creating a code
of ethics that they hope will get them noticed as
they move into the business world" and "give
them an advantage in the job market." The code
will be announced tomorrow, Feb. 14. According to
the story, "the code's four major areas include
integrity, honesty, professionalism and respect
and compassion. ... Among the tenets: Accept responsibility
for actions and be sincere and authentic in communications
'Nebraska Among States With Demand
For Skilled Workers'
(San Francisco Chronicle) -- SFGate.com reports
that "in 2012, if you want to go where the
jobs are," check out the states with the lowest
unemployment rates in the country -- Utah, Wyoming,
Minnesota, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, South Dakota,
Nebraska and North Dakota. "Each has a largely
business-friendly climate, if not a swimsuit-friendly
one. But more to the point, each has a gaping dearth
of people available to do what needs to be done."
The story notes that these states have employers
in ag, manufacturing, industrial machinery and equipment,
construction, and energy production. "Whatever
these sectors might lack in glamour, they more than
make up for in steadiness and income. ... So if
you're a heavy equipment field service mechanic,
as opposed to an overeducated liberal arts graduate
who's working on a master's degree while paying
off student loans, kudos to you for getting that
diesel technician's two-year diploma and making
a sound investment in your education. The world,
or at least the geographical heart of North America,
is your oyster." http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/02/08/investopedia72635.DTL#ixzz1lrK1DWbd