Welcome to Ralston – a close-knit community strategically located near the center of the metropolitan Omaha area. Though it’s part of a much larger city, Ralston is a community in its own right, with a unique personality and a very distinct identity. We call it ‘The Spirit of Independence.’
Location, Location, Location
It’s true — location is the key to convenience in business and residential living. Surrounded on three sides by the City of Omaha, Ralston is bounded on the east by 72nd Street, on the west by 84th Street, on the north by L Street and on the south by Harrison Street.
Our city — with a population of 6,300 — blends small town charm with all the resources of a major population center. We’re just minutes from Interstate 80, downtown Omaha, major shopping centers and countless services and retail businesses. Among the outstanding attractions of the Omaha area are the Joslyn Art Museum, Boys Town, the Henry Doorly Zoo, Rosenblatt Stadium, the Strategic Air Command Museum, the Omaha Playhouse and the Durham Western Heritage Museum.
Excellence in City Services
Ralston employs a mayor-council form of government, with the assistance of a City Clerk. Recognized through the metropolitan area for the quality of its municipal government, Ralston provides its citizens and businesses with excellent services, including police, fire, rescue, water, sewer, street maintenance and refuse pickup. Ralston is a safe city with a crime rate well below those of neighboring communities.
See You Downtown
Unlike many suburban communities, Ralston has a real downtown— with real businesses. In fact, downtown re-development has become a major focus for our city. Signage, landscaping and improvement of public facilities are key components in our ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining a vital and attractive downtown.
Our Schools: Making a Difference for Each Child
Ralston Public School District No. 54 is among the leading districts in the state, with AA accreditation—the highest standard granted by the Nebraska Department of Education. Enrollment in seven elementary schools, one middle school and one senior high school totals approximately 3500 students. A parochial elementary school enrolls an additional 200 students.
Our academic standards are more rigorous than those prescribed by the state, and Ralston Public Schools students consistently score above state and national averages on standardized tests. Our student-to-teacher ratio is 22 to 1. All buildings are computer-equipped, and are connected via Wide Area Network (WAN).
In addition to its traditional educational offerings, the Ralston Schools provide direct services to special needs students from birth to age 21.
Ralston boasts a wide range of housing choices not available in many communities. A mixture of mature and newer neighborhoods is complemented by ample apartment and condominium developments. Housing is available in a wide range of prices, and the community pride that is evident in well-maintained property makes the Ralston area a highly desirable real estate market.
The Great Outdoors
Ralston Area recreational opportunities and facilities are second to none. Widely known as the ‘Baseball Capital of Nebraska,’ the Ralston area has hosted state, regional and national tournaments. Eight parks provide space for picnics, organized summer programs and play areas. With 9 and 29 public golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, volleyball, badminton and basketball courts and all of the athletic facilities available through the Ralston Schools, residents can take part in a wealth of activities.
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