Nebraska offers an excellent, often overlooked environment for starting a new business. The state boasts the one of the highest opportunity shares of new entrepreneurs in the United States and a 2.8 unemployment rate, fifth lowest in the nation.

The state economy is diverse, with significant agricultural, manufacturing, finance and information technology sectors. Schools like University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University in Omaha provide the economy with a young, well-educated pool of graduates.

Not surprisingly, Lincoln and Omaha are also the best cities to start businesses in the state. Each are home to quirky startup scenes that develop products with Nebraska’s agricultural industry in mind, like Vishal Singh’s Quantified Ag, which develop a device that is tagged to a cow that monitors the health of an animal and can send alerts in the case of any early indicators of illness.

Lincoln’s Liberty is another promising startup. A car service app specifically tailored to the needs of rural Americans, it is another example of how Nebraskan tech startups are addressing the particular demands of their state with their innovations.

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Only cities with over 50,000 inhabitants are reported in the results. Some data had to be interpolated to the county level and extrapolated to all the cities in the county. We concentrated on the following metrics to obtain our ranking: Cost of livingBest state for businessUnemploymentKauffman index, and Universities.


I'm an entrepreneur myself. When talking to others who want to start their own business, they often get wrapped up in the nitty gritty of paperwork and forming the company. They forget that what really matters is customers, sales, and profit. That's why I created How to Start an a simple resource and guide so you can spend less time on forming your company, and more time on building it.

My lawyers want me to remind you that I'm not a lawyer and that I'm completely unqualified to offer legal advice. This site is meant to serve as a reference for you on your journey. If you have questions or concerns, please contact a qualified lawyer (or accountant) to help you. Also, as a general rule, never take random legal advice on the internet.