La Vista is located on the northern edge of Sarpy County, one of nine counties that make up the Greater Omaha Combined Statistical Area (CSA). Incorporated in 1960, La Vista is the “youngest” city in the State of Nebraska. 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 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 57 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 progressive 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. Since 1998, the City has platted over 900 acres of residential subdivisions, 300 acres of commercial property, and 800 acres of industrial business parks. 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 Yahoo, PayPal, Streck Laboratories, Oriental Trading Co., Cabela’s, Inc., Costco, and Securities America, among many others. Southport, La Vista’s newest commercial development located near Interstate 80 Interchange, features the John Q. Hammons Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, and a Hampton Inn and Suites, in addition to a growing compliment of retail and office users.
The City of La Vista and the La Vista Community Development Agency are working together to create a new central city core downtown for the City of La Vista residents and businesses. The City of La Vista City Centre program consists of the 84th street corridor between Harrison Street and Giles Road, spanning approximately a quarter mile on either side of 84th street. Program improvements to the corridor include mixed land uses, such as a large lake that provides opportunity for increased wildlife habitat, an amphitheater, space for commercial uses including restaurants, business and shopping, ample parking, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
La Vista’s diverse and high quality housing stock provides a wide range of residential options to its citizens. With 17 parks, a premier 62-acre sports complex, swimming pool, community center, youth and senior recreational programs, and an outstanding public library, leisure time opportunities abound as well.
Elementary and secondary education is provided through the Papillion/La Vista School District, the fourth largest 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 through 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. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln is only 45 minutes away. Metro Community College’s Sarpy Center is located in La Vista.
The overall quality of life in the City of La Vista was rated as “excellent” or “good” by 91 percent of respondents to the 2016 National Citizen Survey. Eighty percent of respondents reported that they plan to remain in La Vista for the next five years.