Lincoln, Nebraska - Geography - Neighborhoods


  • Arnold Heights: Located in far northwest Lincoln, this neighborhood, also known as Airpark, began as base housing for the adjacent Lincoln Air Force Base during the Cold War. The area originally consisted of 1,000 housing units and was annexed by Lincoln in 1966, after the base closed. All 1,000 units were originally managed by the Lincoln Housing Authority, but about half of the homes in the neighborhood have been sold to private owners. The area was also formerly known as both "Capehart Housing" when completed in 1960 (north housing) and the "Military Construction Area" when built during 1956 (south housing). Additional housing subdivisions were built in the area in the 1980s and 1990s. More recent additions include a mix of duplexes and single family homes of various sizes, an IGA grocery store, and a strip mall. As of May 2009, the area is continually being developed.
  • Belmont: The Belmont neighborhood lies just north of Cornhusker Highway and south of Superior Street between Interstate 180 and 14th Street.
  • Bethany: Bethany is located along Cotner Blvd. and Holdrege St. Originally laid out as a separate village by the Disciples of Christ, it was annexed by Lincoln in the late 1920s.
  • Capitol Beach: This area is north of West O Street, just west of Downtown, and North of BNSF's Hobson Yard. It is home to Capitol Beach Lake, and Lakeview Elementary School.
  • Clinton: Located north of 27th and O Streets, Clinton is the target of ongoing revitalization efforts by the City.
  • College View: College View is located along 48th St. and near Calvert St., adjacent to and surrounding the Union College campus. Originally College View was a separate village. The area is anchored by Union College but has many buildings resembling those of a small town. This business area serves the college and surrounding neighborhood. It has an eclectic mix of mostly local businesses.
  • Cripple Creek (Cripple Creek North) North of Pine Lake Blvd., this neighborhood is a fairly new one, with several middle to upper-class homes.
  • Downtown: Lincoln's business district has a mix of offices, bars, restaurants and some retail. Events, housing, and other information about Downtown Lincoln can be found on the Downtown Lincoln Association's website at
  • East Campus Located just south of the University of Nebraska East Campus, from Holdrege to Vine and from 33rd to 48th Street, this neighborhood includes a historic district, commonly referred to as "Professor Row," and McAdams Park, which borders the Mo-Pac bike trail.
  • Eastridge Developed during the city's eastward expansion and development of the Gateway Mall as the nucleus of Lincoln's retail as the department stores were closing downtown and opening there. It contains mostly single-level, ranch style homes with build on garages and has maintained a well-kept appearance by residents.
  • Everett Located near downtown Lincoln, from 9th to 13th Streets between G Street and South Street. The area is known for its historic apartment buildings and converted houses.
  • Fallbrook: New, developing community, located east of the airport and north of I-80; includes office parks, housing, and a town center.
  • Fox Hollow: Located in southeast Lincoln, from 70th to 84th Streets between Van Dorn Street and Pioneers Boulevard. Middle to upper-class neighborhoods near Holmes Lake. Fox Hollow is a planned subdivision and was constructed during the 1970s to present.
  • Gaslight Village
  • Havelock: Havelock is located along Havelock Ave. east of 56th St. in northeast Lincoln; originally a separate town. It has many shops and restaurants and its own farmers market on Tuesday afternoons.
  • Hartley: One of Lincoln's earliest suburbs, Hartley is located east of the downtown proper, east of 27th St and north of O St. It is a mainly residential neighborhood of houses built 1890–1940.
  • Hawley: Located directly east of UNL's downtown campus, the Hawley Historic District is home to a diverse population living in houses built in the early 20th century.
  • Haymarket: One of Lincoln's oldest neighborhoods, the Haymarket is a historic warehouse and industrial district. In recent decades, it has become a dining, specialty shopping, and urban living district, with a variety of visual and performing arts and nightlife. The Haymarket has a weekly, Saturday morning, farmer's market from May to October.
  • Highlands: The Highlands is a newer residential neighborhood in northwest Lincoln, located north of I-80 and near Lincoln Airport.
  • Historic Bungalow District The Historic Bungalow District is also known as the Woods Park neighborhood. It is bounded by 33rd Street to the 3ast, 27th street to the west, A Street to the south, and O Street to the north. It includes a number of bungalows built around the 1910s and 1920s. The Lincoln Children's Zoo (formerly Folsom Children's Zoo) & Botanical Gardens is located in this neighborhood.
  • Huskerville: A now non-existent neighborhood built north of Arnold Heights. Constructed during World War II, Huskerville was once the Lincoln Army Air Field hospital area from 1942 until 1945. After the war the area was converted into college housing and was most noted for a polio outbreak in 1952. The area was either removed or demolished in the late 1960s. The chapel, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is all that remains of Huskerville. A new development is underway in the area, including the construction of a new elementary school as of 2009.
  • Indian Village: The Indian Village neighborhood is located from Van Dorn St. on the north to Highway 2 on the south, from 9th St on the west to 20th St on the east. Many of the Streets in the area are named in honor of Native American Tribes. The Indian Village Shopping Center is a centrally located commercial block.
  • Irvingdale: The Irvingdale neighborhood is located from South St. on the North, and Van Dorn on the South, from 9th St from the west to 22nd St on the east. The neighborhood has a mix of homes built in the early 1900s to more modern homes built in the 1950s, and is home to Irving Middle School, and the Stransky Park concert series.
  • Meadowlane 66th to 84th from O St to Vine St and 70th to 84th from Vine St to Holdrege St.
  • Near South The Near South neighborhood is located from G Street on the north to South Street on the south, and from 13th Street from the west to 27th on the east. The neighborhood is home to many of Lincoln's grand historic homes and is currently experiencing a strong revitalization effort by the neighborhood association and city officials. Many home-owners are reconverting properties that were once divided into apartments back into single-family homes. The areas is also popular among college students and artists. The area is spotted with various homes of significant historical and architectural value. The area is widespread and architecturally diverse with a variety of sizes and values of homes. It houses some of what is considered the worst(west of Lincoln High and east of the capitol) and nicest (Mount Emerald Historic District) within blocks of each other. The area has many places of worship including historic First Plymouth, whose bell tower can be seen and heard from miles away. The Near South features coffee shops, restaurants, banks, and many other businesses. It is also home to a communal garden called Sunken Gardens.
  • North Bottoms: Directly north of UNL's downtown campus, the North Bottoms is an area in the floodplain of Salt Creek that holds many smaller houses now rented by a large number of UNL students. Its proximity to Memorial stadium combined with a high student population makes it one of the main tailgating headquarters during NE college football home games. It was originally the northern part of the "German" or "Russian" bottoms settled by Volga-German refugees from Russia.
  • Piedmont Higher-end neighborhood in what is now the middle of Lincoln(and was then the eastern fringe). The area is known for its many unique and custom homes encompassing many embellished architectural styles and large lot sizes. There is also a park and community shopping district of the same namesake nearby.
  • The Ridge Located in Southwest Lincoln north of 27th St. and Pine lake road. This neighborhood contains many large, high priced homes.
  • Salt Valley
  • Seven Oaks
  • Sheridan: This neighborhood is located along and around Sheridan Boulevard in south-central Lincoln. Known for its beautiful homes, this neighborhood is very exclusive in parts and features many old, expensive homes along, arguably, the most beautifully landscaped street in town. It was the first addition to Lincoln that stepped away from the "grid pattern" into the winding side streets that characterize most modern residential areas. It is listed under the National Registrar of Historic Places as the "Boulevards" district.
  • South Bottoms: South of the Haymarket district, the South Bottoms, like the North Bottoms, was a neighborhood founded by Germans from Russia. Today, the neighborhood is noted for its architecture, bike paths, and family atmosphere. The low-density residential zoning, small historic houses, and proximity to the downtown, has made the area highly desirable for young families, downtown professionals, and retirees. Part of the original plate of Lincoln, the area is within walking distance to the Haymarket district and contains some of the oldest residences in the town with several dating from the 1870s. The area is also known for its many small churches, Lincoln's first park(Cooper Park), and the proximity to the trains and salt creek.
  • University Place: University Place is located along 48th St. between Leighton Ave. and Adams St., near Nebraska Wesleyan University and UNL's East Campus. It was an incorporated community before its annexation by Lincoln in 1926. The has its own historic shopping district and is characterized by homes with wrap around porches near the University's Old Main. The town has a 10k+ population base within the historic 68504 zip code.
  • Village Gardens: South of 56th and Pine Lake, this "pedestrian-style"(though distant from the city nucleus), contemporary neighborhood features diverse housing styles and a European-style shopping center in development, boasting a hotel, art and culinary classes, and a church. Still in development, this new neighborhood is anchored to the North by Campbell's Nursery next to the shopping center. The concept is essentially the same as the existing layout of older areas such as Hartley, which were designed to be within walking distance of everything essential.
  • Williamsburg: Located at 40th and Old Cheney, this upscale neighborhood has a colonial style shopping center and many parks, trails, and apartments.
  • West Lincoln: Located along West Cornhusker Hwy., the area was founded in 1887 and was an incorporated community before its annexation by Lincoln in 1966.

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