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 pronouncing 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 24,310. 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:

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.


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.

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.

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 that past 15 years.

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

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 find most medical providers within a 10 minute drive of home.


Papillion shares a public school system with the neighboring town, La Vista. If you are more interested in schools, please visit a page I created dedicated to Papillion-La Vista Community Schools.

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.

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.

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.