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Nebraska

Omaha

Nearest city: Omaha
Population: 390,940
Median household income: $65,611

Omaha has good schools, low crime, and a vibrant downtown. For classical-music buffs, there's the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, which performs at the three-year-old Holland Performing Arts Center.

Runner-up:
Lincoln

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