Though its population of about 22,000 people might seem small, Papillion has a vibrant spirit emanating from every square mile, giving this city plenty of character. This suburb of Omaha is known for its high concentration of white-collar workers and college graduates; more than a third of adults have at least a bachelor's degree. It should come as no surprise, then, that the city's per capita income is higher than Nebraska's average. Papillion boasts the lowest crime rate in all of Nebraska, and its proximity to the big city makes commuting easy. Papillion is the county seat of Sarpy County, the fastest-growing county in the state.
Papillion has recently become a hot spot for new businesses, with nearly 200 businesses opening within the past few years. This makes sense, considering Papillion is the second fastest-growing city in the state. Retail, healthcare, and food service are among its major sectors. Some of its newest shopping centers, the Shoppes at Market Pointe and Shadow Lake Towne Center, provide proof of this growth.
Papillion's industries that employ the largest numbers of residents include health care, education, retail, social services, insurance, and real estate.
Nearly 75 percent of Papillion homes are occupied by their owner and about the same percentage of homes are single-family detached houses. About 20 percent of Papillion homes are located in high-rise apartment buildings, and about 40 percent have three bedrooms.
Only 3 percent of homes in Papillion are considered historic homes that were built before 1939; the majority, or nearly 70 percent, were built between 1970 and 1994. Just 11 percent were built after 1995.
The city hosts many outdoor events, including races, fairs, and concerts:
Papillion's proximity to Omaha makes it only natural for residents to cheer on their sports teams:
The Creighton Bluejays of Creighton University are also located in Omaha. The school has 14 men's and women's teams competing in 8 sports.
Papillion obtains most of its media from Omaha and thus shares it with surrounding cities, but it does have one publication of its own, the suburban newspaper Papillion Times. The area has several television and radio stations:
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