Omaha, Nebraska Population 2020

468,262

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and sits on the Missouri River, around 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha also anchors the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Omaha has an estimated population of 468,262, making it the 42nd largest city in the United States.

Omaha has a current estimated population of 468,262, although the population including the suburbs is around 423,000. The 2010 census found a population of 408,958 with a population density of 3,218 people per square mile in Omaha.

The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, NE-IA Combined Statistical Area (CSA) has a population of about 935,000, and there are approximately 1.3 million people in the Greater Omaha area with a 50-mile radius around the city center.

Omaha today is a very diverse city, both in terms of population and economy. Forbes ranked Omaha as the Best Bang-For-The-Buck City in 2009 and the number one Fastest-Recovering City in America.

Omaha Diversity

Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the area, with the city of Omaha established by European Americans from Council Bluffs. Over the next century, many ethnic groups made their way to Omaha. In 1910, the population was 3.9% black. Irish immigrants also moved to the area in high numbers, settling in present-day North Omaha, or Gophertown. Irish immigrants were followed by people from Poland who settled in Sheelytown. In the beginning, immigrants to the city worked in the stockyards and meatpacking industries, although later German immigrants founded the beer industry.

Jewish immigrants moved to Omaha in the early 20th century and began setting up businesses in the commercial area, which is now the heart of the African American community. Omaha also has a Little Italy neighborhood south of downtown.

There is a sizable population of Czechs in the city, and many institutions in South Omaha and Downtown show the history of European immigrants in Omaha. The majority of Omaha's Hispanic population are Mexican, who originally came to the city to work in rail yards. Other early ethnic groups include Danes, Swedes, and Poles.

In the last two decades, some African immigrants have settled in Omaha. There are around 8,500 Sudanese in the city, which is the largest population of Sudanese refugees in the U.S. There are ten tribes from Sudan in Omaha, along with immigrants from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Cameroon, and Togo.

Omaha History

The area of Omaha was first inhabited by several Native American tribes, including the Omaha and Ponca. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area that would later become Omaha in 1804, and members of the expedition met with tribal leaders at the Council Bluff twenty miles from present-day Omaha. Fur trading outposts were eventually built in the area. Through treaties with the federal government, Native American tribes in the state eventually ceded the lands that currently make up Nebraska.

Omaha was settled as residents from nearby Council Bluffs began to stake out claims. The young city has several booms and busts in its early years. From the late 19th century through the 21st century, immigrants have created enclaves throughout Omaha, such as the Irish in Sheelytown, Germans in the Near North Side, and Little Italy and Little Bohemia in South Omaha.

Omaha Population Growth

Since 2000, Omaha has grown more than 13% and the state has a whole has increased steadily, although it has lagged behind the national average for more than twenty years. Omaha and its suburbs are expected to continue moderate population growth in the coming decade.

Omaha, Nebraska's estimated population is 468,262 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Omaha, Nebraska is the 1st largest city in Nebraska based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 10447.85 people/mi² (4033.92 people/km²).

The overall median age is 34.5 years, 33.4 years for males, and 35.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.8 males.

The median income for households in Omaha, Nebraska is $, while the mean household income is $.

Omaha Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Omaha was:

  • White: 77.79%
  • Black or African American: 12.33%
  • Asian: 3.71%
  • Two or more races: 3.24%
  • Other race: 2.21%
  • Native American: 0.66%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%

How Many People Live in Omaha, Nebraska?

468,262
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018468,2621,4880.32%
2017466,7741,2200.26%
2016465,5542,0820.45%
2015463,4722,0860.45%
2014461,3862,2950.50%
2013459,0912,7530.60%
2012456,3383,1210.69%
2011453,2172,3300.52%
2010450,88760,8801.46%
2000390,00754,2121.51%
1990335,79521,8560.68%
1980313,939-32,990-0.99%
1970346,92945,3311.41%
1960301,59850,4811.85%
1950251,11727,2731.16%
1940223,8449,8380.45%
1930214,00622,4051.11%
1920191,60167,5054.44%
1910124,09621,5411.92%
1900102,555-37,897-3.10%
1890140,452109,93416.49%
188030,51814,4356.62%
187016,08314,18323.81%
18601,9000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018942,1989,9811.06%
2017932,2178,8310.95%
2016923,38610,1851.10%
2015913,2019,7391.07%
2014903,4629,5271.05%
2013893,9359,3721.05%
2012884,5638,6090.97%
2011875,9548,2810.95%
2010867,6730.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White361,81677.79%
Black or African American57,34612.33%
Asian17,2613.71%
Two or More Races15,0843.24%
Some Other Race10,2702.21%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,0730.66%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2620.06%

Omaha Population Pyramid 2020

Omaha Median Age

34.5


Total

33.4


Male

35.4


Female

Omaha Adults

There are 349,282 adults, (58,746 of whom are seniors) in Omaha.

Omaha Age Dependency

60.1

Age Dependency Ratio

20.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Omaha Sex Ratio

Female

235,125

50.55%

Male

229,987

49.45%

Omaha Households and Families

Omaha Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Omaha Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.8%20.2%
All58%42%
Male50.8%49.2%
Non Family41%59%
Female40.7%59.3%

58.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All183,1602.4858
Married78,2093.2679.8
Non Family73,6781.2841
Female22,6123.3240.7
Male8,6613.3750.8

3.19

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Omaha Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,1255.32%
9th to 12th Grade17,8695.89%
High School Graduate67,56322.28%
Some College67,50122.26%
Associates Degree23,3237.69%
Bachelors Degree71,91623.72%
Graduate Degree38,93212.84%

Omaha Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White222,955212,36194,305
Black33,41428,7446,409
Hispanic30,57115,8963,502
Asian10,1686,8814,870
Other Race5,6573,306668
Multiple Races5,3204,5771,540
Native American1,6171,285245
Islander120873

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.25%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.90%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,021$43,666$33,635
Less Than High School$24,487$26,771$19,142
High School Grad$29,018$33,328$24,982
Some College$35,519$42,353$30,502
Bachelors Degree$51,015$59,094$44,436
Graduate Degree$64,294$79,620$56,244

$39,021

Average Earnings

$43,666

Average Male

$33,635

Average Female

Omaha Language

Omaha Language by Age

Omaha Language

83.59% of Omaha residents speak only English, while 16.41% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.63% of the population.

Omaha Poverty

Omaha Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White303,46226,5688.75%
Black55,77115,98428.66%
Hispanic63,30314,58123.03%
Asian16,7594,54027.09%
Multiple14,5843,11821.38%
Other10,0631,72517.14%
Native2,96564921.89%
Islander2373816.03%

14.27%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.90%

Male Poverty Rate

15.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Omaha

The race most likely to be in poverty in Omaha is Black, with 28.66% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Omaha is White, with 8.75% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.04%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.19%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.04%
High School13.87%
Some College11.39%
Bachelors or Greater4.45%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.35%
Male Unemployed31.38%
Female Employed8.68%
Male Employed6.13%

Omaha Income

Omaha Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$56,780$78,728
Families$74,424$97,363
Married Families$91,505$116,579
Non Families$36,098$47,711

Omaha Marital Status

Omaha Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.1%

Male Marriage Rate

44.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Omaha Married by Age and Sex

Omaha Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Omaha Marital Status by Race

Omaha Veterans

25,233

Number of Veterans

22,859

Male Veterans

2,374

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam8,860
First Gulf War5,123
Second Gulf War4,634
Korea2,255
World War II1,082
Age Group Veterans
65 to 746,460
35 to 546,027
75+5,481
55 to 644,744
18 to 342,521

Omaha Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White21,4477.66%
Black3,0057.53%
Hispanic8282.18%
2 or More3905.56%
Asian1751.40%
Other1031.49%
Indian1025.37%
Hawaiian114.76%

Omaha Veterans by Education

7.13%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

Omaha Employment Status

70.1%

Labor Force Participation

66.6%

Employment Rate

4.7%

Unemployment Rate

Omaha Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

59.08%

Born in Nebraska

89.51%

Native Born

10.49%

Foreign Born

7.07%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

89.51% of Omaha residents were born in the United States, with 59.08% having been born in Nebraska. 7.07% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.