Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska. During the 19th century, Omaha’s central location propelled the city to become an essential national transportation hub. Throughout the rest of the 19th century, the transportation and jobbing sectors greatly contributed to the city’s success, along with its railroads and breweries.
Today, Omaha is celebrated for its diverse economy and its comprehensive quality of life amenities. Forbes placed the region at the summit on its “Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities” list. Omaha’s economy is significantly sustained by the amount of tourism the city attracts annually. The Henry Doorly Zoo is the top attraction, and Omaha hosted the U.S. Olympic swim trials in 2008, 2012, and is slated to do so again in 2016.
- Estimated Population :466,893
- Foreign born :10.20%
- Language other than English spoken at home :16.10%
- High school graduates :87.80%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher :34.70%
- Median Household income :$50,827
- Per Capita income :$28,545
- Population per sq. mile :3,218
- White :77.30%,Black or African :12.70%,American Indian :0.60%,Asian :3.30%,Others :6.10%
- Omaha Film Festival
- Omaha Summer Arts Festival
- Benson Summerfest
- Taste of Omaha
- Playing with Fire
- MAHA Festival
- Jazz on the Green
- Fourth of July Memorial Park Concert
- (Downtown) Omaha Lit Fest
- River City Roundup
- Omaha Fashion Week
- Omaha Zombie Walk
- Omaha is home to five Fortune 500 companies: Union Pacific Corporation, Mutual of Omaha, Kiewit Corporation, Berkshire Hathaway, and ConAgra Foods. Other companies of note located in the city are First Data Corporation, Methodist Health System, Alegent Creighton Health, Omaha Public Schools, Mutual of Omaha, ConAgra Foods, Nebraska Medical Center, Offutt Air Force Base, and the West Corporation.
- There are three public universities within city limits: University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Metropolitan Community College. Private colleges in the city include Bellevue University, Clarkson College, College of Saint Mary, Creighton University, Grace University, ITT Technical Institute, Nebraska Christian College, and Nebraska Methodist College.