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For those who are old enough to remember, Papillon was a famous movie starring the late Steve McQueen portraying the true story of escaped French prisoner, Henri Charriere. The name will ring bells for the old Hollywood movie, but the town of Papillion, Nebraska is not only spelled different, it has nothing to do with a French island prison either. Instead, the town of Papillion is home to over 19,000 residents, sharing a railroad network that has been around since the 1870s with five counties adjacent to Omaha, Nebraska.

The name of the town, of course, is not a typical Midwestern moniker. Instead, it comes from the French word for butterfly. That background hints at the early settlers who first came through the area and decided to create an early community; they were French trappers making a business off of the wildlife in the area and trading furs to buyers back east. However, the official establishment of Papillion occurred later in 1870, at least according to the town’s official seal and stamp.

Finding an Apartment for Rent in Papillion, NE

Papillion has enjoyed a number of awards and recognition for how nice it is to live there. The most recent title came from Bloomberg Business Week as the best place to have and raise children in the state of Nebraska. Papillion was also recognized in the past three years by CNN/Money Magazine in its annual rankings of the best places to live or the most affordable towns. 

For those who work in Omaha, Papillion offers a small town bedroom community advantage with very little congestion. By car, driving to Omaha only takes about 15 to 20 minutes, so many use the town as a place to raise families and to get away from the buzz of the bigger city.

Outdoor Activities in Papillion, NE

Among the 12 parks in town, Papillion residents regularly enjoy Halleck Park, situated at the center of town and including a number of trails, green belts, and canopy shade trees. The park is larger than normal, including a number of facilities for all family members. Kids can enjoy time at the Papio Fun Park or at the Papio Bay Aquatic Park. There is also the town pool and outdoor bowl lanes. Additionally, adults can enjoy and stay active with the tennis courts, volleyball grounds, and chasing their kids among the various playgrounds. For baseball fans, the Park includes multiple fields and base grids for team games. And if that’s not enough, the town also has its own Triple A minor league team, the Omaha Storm Chasers.

There are also a number of events that occur annually that residents can enjoy. These include outdoor stage presentations at the city parks, parades down main street, marathons, and local festivals.

Weather in Papillion, NE

Papillion sees fairly warm days toward the later months of summer, reaching highs of 85 degrees by August. However, the seasons transition very quickly afterwards, and the area can see winter arrive as early as October, getting down to a low of 16 degrees Fahrenheit by Christmas. Rain comes down the most in the month of May, reaching a high of 4.5 inches and then reduces from there.

For those considering a move to the Omaha, NE region, Papillion offers a very viable small town place to live and raise a family close to the career resources of the bigger city. There's not much in the way of entertainment in town, but it does provide a safe, quiet neighborhood with top notch schools recognized statewide. The apartment rent and home pricing levels are not the lowest in Nebraska, but the higher cost is a trade-off for many who like how secure living in Papillion seems to be.


Rent Trends

As of October 2017, the average apartment rent in Papillion, NE is $850 for a studio, $1,097 for one bedroom, $901 for two bedrooms, and $1,405 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Papillion has increased by 2.5% in the past year.

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41 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
0 Transit Score® Minimal Transit
37 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable


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