Omaha, Nebraska Population 2021

479,978
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Omaha is a city located in Douglas County and Sarpy County Nebraska. It is also the county seat of Douglas County. With a 2020 population of 479,978, it is the largest city in Nebraska and the 41st largest city in the United States . Omaha is currently growing at a rate of 0.19% annually and its population has increased by 17.37% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 408,958 in 2010. Omaha reached it's highest population of 479,978 in 2021. Spanning over 145 miles, Omaha has a population density of 3,405 people per square mile.

The average household income in Omaha is $82,945 with a poverty rate of 13.41%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $923 per month, and the median house value is $159,700. The median age in Omaha is 34.5 years, 33.6 years for males, and 35.5 years for females.

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.

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 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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 77.47%
  • Black or African American: 12.32%
  • Asian: 3.84%
  • Two or more races: 3.40%
  • Other race: 2.30%
  • Native American: 0.63%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Omaha, Nebraska is 479,978 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 477,299.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 408,958.

Omaha, Nebraska Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021966,3868,4720.88%
2020957,9148,4720.88%
2019949,4428,4720.89%
2018940,9708,9830.95%
2017931,9878,5560.92%
2016923,43110,3581.12%
2015913,0739,7381.07%
2014903,3359,4711.05%
2013893,8649,3091.04%
2012884,5558,5330.96%
2011876,0228,3510.95%
2010867,6710.00%

Omaha Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White368,65777.47%
Black or African American58,60712.32%
Asian18,2603.84%
Two or More Races16,1913.40%
Some Other Race10,9242.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,0140.63%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2090.04%
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Omaha Population by Race

Omaha Population Pyramid $2021

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Omaha Median Age

34.5


Total

33.6


Male

35.5


Female

Omaha Adults

There are 356,461 adults, (61,103 of whom are seniors) in Omaha.

Omaha Age Dependency

61.1

Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Omaha Sex Ratio

Female

241,143

50.67%

Male

234,719

49.33%

Omaha Population by Age

Omaha Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Omaha Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.6%19.4%
All58.6%41.4%
Male47.8%52.2%
Female43.5%56.5%
Non Family40.7%59.3%

58.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Omaha Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All186,8832.4858.6
Married80,7273.2980.6
Non Family75,1131.2740.7
Female22,3263.3143.5
Male8,7173.3647.8

3.2

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

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Omaha Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,3934.96%
9th to 12th Grade17,0635.50%
High School Graduate69,14222.29%
Some College67,95821.91%
Associates Degree23,7657.66%
Bachelors Degree75,48724.34%
Graduate Degree41,36213.34%
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Omaha Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Omaha Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White227,123217,40299,298
Black34,43429,9156,509
Hispanic31,17916,9433,728
Asian11,0877,8015,482
Other Race6,0973,827681
2+ Races5,5234,8491,673
Native American1,6651,328205
Islander84662

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.72%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.45%.

Omaha Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,009$46,375$35,409
Less Than 9th Grade$25,502$30,188$19,336
High School Graduate$30,276$34,451$25,413
Some College$37,764$44,585$31,079
Bachelors Degree$52,340$61,988$45,721
Graduate Degree$64,866$81,565$57,371

$41,009

Average Earnings

$46,375

Average Male

$35,409

Average Female

Omaha Earnings by Educational Attainment

Omaha Language by Age

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Omaha Language

83.41% of Omaha residents speak only English, while 16.59% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.48% of the population.

Omaha Language

Omaha Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White309,44725,6448.29%
Black56,97715,02726.37%
Hispanic64,62414,16821.92%
Asian17,7484,18023.55%
Multiple15,6183,30421.16%
Other10,6561,63015.30%
Native2,89855519.15%
Islander1854021.62%

13.41%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.21%

Male Poverty Rate

14.58%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Omaha

The race most likely to be in poverty in Omaha is Black, with 26.37% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Omaha is White, with 8.29% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.90%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.40%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.16%.

Omaha Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade25.60%
High School13.84%
Some College10.64%
Bachelors or Greater4.34%

Omaha Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed41.16%
Male Unemployed29.07%
Female Employed7.95%
Male Employed5.71%

Omaha Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Omaha Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,092$82,945
Families$78,191$103,203
Married Families$95,375$122,750
Non Families$38,176$49,492
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Income by Household Type

Omaha Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.4%

Male Marriage Rate

44.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Omaha Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Omaha Marital Status

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25,052

Number of Veterans

22,719

Male Veterans

2,333

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam8,949
First Gulf War5,342
Second Gulf War4,728
Korea2,018
World War II910

Omaha Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 746,399
35 to 545,855
75+5,373
55 to 644,901
18 to 342,524

Omaha Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White21,0377.40%
Black3,1247.67%
Hispanic9562.46%
2+ Races4956.59%
Asian2101.56%
Other Race951.29%
Native American844.31%
Islander73.83%

Omaha Veterans by Race

Omaha Veterans by Education

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6.85%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.26%

Veteran Disability Rate

Omaha Veterans by Education

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70.3%

Labor Force Participation

67%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Omaha Employment by Age

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Omaha Employment by Race

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Omaha Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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59.04%

Born in Omaha

89.34%

Native Born

10.66%

Foreign Born

7.03%

Non Citizen

3.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.34% of Omaha residents were born in the United States, with 59.04% having been born in Nebraska. 7.03% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Omaha Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021479,9788930.19%
2020479,0858930.19%
2019478,1928930.19%
2018477,2991,0280.22%
2017476,2711,2270.26%
2016475,0442,4060.51%
2015472,6382,2150.47%
2014470,4232,3370.50%
2013468,0862,8250.61%
2012465,2613,1600.68%
2011462,1012,4420.53%
2010459,65969,6521.66%
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%

Omaha Population by Year