- Living Here
Location & History
Located on the northern edge of Sarpy County, in the Greater Omaha Combined Statistical Area (CSA), La Vista is the “youngest” city in the State of Nebraska, incorporated in 1960. From modest beginnings as a subdivision of 335 homes platted on 80 acres of land and a population of 1,360, La Vista has grown to become a dynamic and progressive community of over 18,000 and one of the fastest growing cities in Nebraska. La Vista is bordered by the cities of Omaha and Ralston on the north, Papillion on the south, Bellevue on the east and by Interstate 80 on the west.
La Vista is a friendly community, offering both the advantages of a small town and the opportunities of a large city. Its inviting neighborhoods feature well-kept homes abutting tree-lined streets, and its commercial and industrial districts are undergoing impressive development and redevelopment. City leaders and citizens have a progressive vision for La Vista that started with its incorporation over 60 years ago. La Vista offers an exceptional quality of life in a great suburban environment. The people who live and work in La Vista are truly proud of their community. The community embraces a forward-thinking plan for future growth and is able to attract and retain diverse businesses and highly skilled residents as a result of the City’s solid infrastructure and convenient location. It has become home to a number of market leading businesses because of its location and the commitment of its elected officials to envision the City’s future in partnership with its corporate citizens.
La Vista’s corporate community includes Oath (Yahoo!), PayPal, Streck Laboratories, Oriental Trading Co., Cabela’s, Inc., Costco, Rotella’s and Securities America, among many others. Southport, the City’s regional destination development located near the Interstate 80 Interchange at Harrison & Giles on the western edge of the City, features an Embassy Suites Hotel and the La Vista Conference Center, a Courtyard by Marriott, a Hampton Inn & Suites, and a Comfort Suites, in addition to a growing compliment of retail and office users. In all, Southport contains more than 600 hotel rooms.
La Vista’s diverse and high-quality housing stock provides a wide range of residential options. With 17 parks, a premier 62-acre sports complex, swimming pool, community center, youth and senior recreation programs, and an outstanding public library, leisure time opportunities abound.
Elementary and secondary education is provided through the Papillion La Vista Community Schools, the fourth largest school district in the State, and the Omaha Catholic Archdiocese, which operates schools in adjoining Ralston and Papillion. Pre-kindergarten education is available through the private Primrose Academy and the La Vista Montessori School.
La Vista residents enjoy exceptional higher education opportunities as well. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Creighton University and Bellevue University are easily accessible locally. Metro Community College’s Sarpy Center is located in La Vista, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is only 45 minutes away. The overall quality of life in the City of La Vista was rated as “excellent” or “good” by 90% of respondents to the 2020 National Citizen Survey. 94% of respondents reported that they plan to remain in La Vista for the next five years.