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Guide to Living in 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 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

Some out-of-towners struggle to pronounce Papillion. Don’t confuse it with the French word for butterfly. It’s PA-PILL-YUHN.

Here’s an audio guide…

Papillion has a population of 24,105. That number is very deceiving because it only counts the people in the city limits. A lot of Papillion is new subdivisions that haven’t been annexed into the city yet.

It’s the eleventh-largest city in Nebraska. The average income is $95,515, making it one of the richest cities in Nebraska.

In full disclosure, the map above does not show the EXACT city limits of Papillion. The city itself is pretty small. The boundaries above show the extraterritorial boundaries of Papillion. Basically, people living within that red box usually say they live in Papillion.

Navigating Papillion:

There are a few ways to get to Papillion from Omaha and the surrounding areas.

There is no interstate or expressway through 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.

Highway 370 is one of the most efficient ways to travel east and west. It has stoplights about once per mile. To the east, it will take you to Bellevue and Offut Air Force Base. Traveling west will allow you to connect to Interstate 80 and eventually Gretna.

Commuting

Depending on where you work, Papillion can be a little tricky when it comes to commute times.

The major issue with Papillion is traveling north and south. There are no major interstates or expressways near Papillion that run in that direction.

During morning rush hour, most people leaving Papillion are heading north towards Omaha for work. And south in the evening.

Papillion water tower with Highway 370 in the background
Papillion water tower along Highway 370

Commuters often use 72nd and 84th St. Unfortunately, these streets have stoplights and can get backed up during rush hour. Some will use Kennedy Freeway (Highway 75), but that route is also prone to congestion and accidents.

Expect at least a 30-minute commute if you are working downtown.

On the bright side, if you work at Offutt Air Force Base, your commute is very manageable.

If you live on the western side of Papillion, commuting to Lincoln is actually pretty fast.

Schools

Papillion shares a public school system with the neighboring town, La Vista.

Papillion-La Vista Community Schools serves over 11,000 students. It has 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools.

Buying a Home in Papillion

Expect to pay at least $300k (although 10% of homes sold in Papillion in 2022 were less than that).

The median price for a home in 2022 is $400k.

Papillion has a great variety of homes and neighborhoods to choose from.

This large 3,200-square-foot ranch home sold for $393,000 in late 2021.

If you are looking for an older, established neighborhood, you have options. If you are looking for a newer home or new construction, there is a ton to choose from.

In 2022, 75% of the homes sold in Papillion were built after 2007 with 50% of the homes being built in the last 2 years.

As you can see, Papillion has had a huge population explosion in the past 15 years.

Visit my other site for a full list of Papillion homes for sale.

Entertainment

Werner Park is home to the only professional sports teams in the area. It’s actually home to two teams. The Storm Chasers are a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, and Union Omaha is a Division III soccer club.

Hospitals and Healthcare

The main hospital in Papillion is CHI Health Midlands. Family Hospital is another option.

There are a lot of clinics, dentists, and other doctors throughout Papillion. You should be able to find most medical providers within a 10-minute drive of home.

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 cyclists, runners, or families simply looking to go on a walk.

The Papio Bay Aquatic Center is very popular during the summer. 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 Papillion Landing throughout the year. You can find out more about their events going on here.

The city operates two public golf courses – Tara Hills and Eagle Hills.

Shopping

Shadow Lake Town Center is a large outdoor shopping mall off of Highway 370 and 72nd St.

It has numerous restaurants and stores, such as Best Buy, Old Navy, Ulta, Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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.