I lived in Omaha for fifteen years and hated leaving it. It’s a small big city. It has the ability to annex, so it can grow, expand its tax base and not stagnate. There’s lots for children to do–parks, museums, world-class zoo, Imax, baseball, soccer, hockey, theater, and so forth. The parishes are great, some better than others, of course. St. Cecilia’s Cathedral is gorgeous. The city public schools leave alot to be desired but there are other alternatives; there are other school districts within or near the city proper. The cost of living is relatively low. The summers can be very hot, and the winters can be very cold, but what child can resist swimming or a snowball fight? There are first rate medical centers and a children’s hospital. There are some very nice suburbs too.
I’ve heard very good thing about Lincoln NE too. It has a huge state university and Bishop Bruskewitz.
I’ve lived in each part of the county except New England and folks in the Midwest are just friendlier. IMHO.