A Quick Guide to Papillion, Nebraska

By: Ryan Renner, Realtor
By: Ryan Renner, Realtor

I have helped many families moving to Omaha. Contact me if you have any questions about the Omaha area or need help buying a home.

Papillion, located just south of Omaha, is a suburb that has experienced a lot of population growth over the past 20 years. In 2015, it was ranked the 2nd on Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in America list. It is linked to Omaha via 72nd Street, 84th Street, and I-80.
Papillion, Nebraska - Aerial Photo

What is considered Papillion?

The city of Papillion begins at Giles Road to just past Highway 370. It borders Bellevue to the east.

Navigating Papillion:

Taking 72nd St and 84th St, otherwise known as Washington St, will allow you to access all the main roads that run east and west. They are in order from north to south, Giles Rd, Cornhusker Rd, Sixth St, and Highway 370. Cornhusker Rd and Highway 370 are your best options to get to Bellevue. Giles Rd is a great option to go further west, too. 72nd Street, 84th Street, and I-80 are your best options to get into Omaha.


Papillion has 20,475 people in it. It’s the eleventh largest city in Nebraska. The average income is $95,515, making it one of the higher-class neighborhoods in Omaha. However, there are options for people of all incomes.

Around 89% of people that live in Papillion are white. Around 3.5% are black, and roughly 7% are other races. They are also the county seat for Sarpy. The median age is 37.6 years old.

Historical Sites:

The downtown area of Papillion has 21 different historical markers! These are significant locations throughout the city that had an impact on the city and the state. If you are looking for something to do with your family, you can actually go on a walking tour at 122 E Third Street in Papillion. This will allow you to look at all the amazing sites.


Papillion, for the most part is a safe city. They currently are in the 36th percentile for safety in the United States and have a C- grade. However, most neighborhoods have little crime. According to crime grade, the highest crime rates are further north at 1 out of 11, while the southwest section is at 1 out of 84. The crime rate is average compared to other suburbs around Omaha.


The main hospital in Papillion is CHI Health Midlands located at 11111 S 84th St. They have a 4.4-star rating. The second most frequented hospital would be the Family Hospital at Papillion located at 529 Pinnacle Dr. They have a 4.0-star rating.


Papillion shares a public school system with the neighboring town, La Vista. Papillion-La Vista Community Schools helps over 11,000 students. They have two main high schools, Papillion La Vista High School which is located at 402 E Centennial Rd. This serves the population in the north. The southern parts of Papillion go to Papillion La Vista South High School located at 10799 Highway 370. There are currently three middle schools and sixteen elementary schools within the district.

Parks & Recreation:

Papillion is known for their amazing parks and recreation system. They have 23 different parks within a ten-mile radius. Big Elk Lake Recreation Area and Halleck Park have beautiful lakes you can walk through. Halleck Park’s Arboretum also has a lot of beautiful trees and scenery. Papillion has multiple trails for cyclist, runners, or families simply looking to go on a walk.

Papillion has a farmers’ market during the spring and summer months. Their Papio Bay Aquatic Center and numerous golf courses are also very popular. Papillion Days tends to be one of the biggest events in the Omaha Metropolitan Area each year. Finally, you can find several events going on at Sumtur Amphitheater and Pillion Landing throughout the year. You can find out more about their events going on here.

City Services:

The mayor of Papillion is David Black. Papillion has a city council with 8 members that make up 4 wards.

Water/Sewer: City of Papillion

Gas: Black Hills Energy

Electricity: OPPD

About Your Guide
Ryan Renner - Omaha Relocation Guide

My name is Ryan Renner and I’m a real estate agent in Omaha. I’ve helped many families relocate to Omaha. While helping people relocate, I would get similar questions over and over again. This site addresses many of those questions and more.

Reach out to me if you are moving to Omaha and need help.