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Overview

Introduction to Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, located in the eastern part of Nebraska on the west bank of the Missouri River, is the largest city in the state. Named for the Omaha Indians inhabiting in the area, the city was founded in 1854 and grew as a supply center for settlers heading west. The arrival of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad in 1869 made the city a major transportation hub. The region is one of America's centers for grains, livestock and food processing. Today, Omaha has a population of around 400,000, with a diverse economy that has retained its core agricultural products but expanded to include banking, insurance, telecommunications and other high-technology industries. Top corporations headquartered in Omaha include Ameritrade, Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra Foods, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific Railroad, Sitel Corporation and West Teleservices. Nearby Offutt Air Force Base, home of the US Strategic Command, is a major employer.

For residents of Omaha looking to earn a college education, the area is home to a number of postsecondary institutions, including the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Clarkson College, Bellevue College, and Creighton University. For individuals who don't have the time to attend an on-campus degree program, there are also online schools that Omaha resident may enroll in. These institutions may offer many degree programs, such as psychology, English, criminal justice, and business management. For more information about online schools please visit the online college directory on CityTownInfo.com.  

Omaha Culture

Omaha's arts and cultural attractions include the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, and dozens of theaters. The Joslyn Art Museum specializes in western and Native American art. The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is America's only major international urban artist colony. Other Omaha museums include the Great Plains Black History Museum, Durham Western Heritage Museum and El Museo Latino.

Omaha Sports and Leisure

For spectator sports, Rosenblatt Stadium is home to the NCAA's college baseball world series and minor league baseball's Omaha Royals, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. For big league action, the parent club is a 3-hour trip away. The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League play at the MidAmerica Center just across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the fall, Omaha's college football fans flock to Lincoln for Nebraska Cornhuskers action.

Omaha Outdoors

Lovers of the outdoors love the 80 miles of paved trails connecting the city's neighborhoods. The Keystone Trail/Bellevue Loop Trail, the longest at 26 miles, is popular among walkers, joggers, bicyclists and rollerbladers. Lovers of nature love Desoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge just north of the city. Its nearly 8,000 acres offer fishing, boating, ducks, geese and bald eagles. Just minutes away, the Missouri River, Lake Manawa and Carter Lake are also popular for fishing and water sports.

Omaha at Night

Omaha has a vibrant nightlife, centered around the Historic Old Market district, a renovated downtown area loaded with restaurants, bars and clubs. Clean air and water, affordable housing and a safe environment make Omaha is a great place to live, with publications such as Forbes, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook and Parenting Magazine naming it on their "best of" lists.

People

Total Population 440,034
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 220,816
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.1%
Median Earnings25+ $34,876
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,496
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,618

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,360
% Above Poverty Level 83.3%
% Below Poverty Level 16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $799
Median House Value $137,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.6%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 14.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Omaha Almanac

Category Value
County Douglas
Metro Area Omaha
Standard Zip Codes 68046, 68102, 68104, 68105, 68106, 68107, 68108, 68110, 68111, 68112, 68113, 68114, 68116, 68117, 68118, 68122, 68124, 68127, 68130, 68131, 68132, 68133, 68134, 68135, 68136, 68137, 68138, 68142, 68144, 68147, 68152, 68154, 68157, 68164
P.O. Box Zip Codes 68101, 68103, 68109, 68119, 68120, 68139, 68145, 68155
Company Zip Codes 68172, 68175, 68176, 68178, 68179, 68180, 68181, 68182, 68183, 68197, 68198
Phone Area Codes 402
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.258
Longitude -95.937

Omaha Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OMAHA EPPLEY AP
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30.2 inches
Station BLAIR
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30.1 inches
Station OAKLAND
Distance 29.1 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Omaha, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Air Mail Facility (68119)

Benson (68104)

Florence (68112, 68152)

Millard (68144, 68145)

Offutt A F B (68113)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellevue 54,067 $68,533
Bennington 1,608 $78,333
Boys Town 913 $0
La Vista 16,895 $70,023
Papillion 19,463 $90,264
Ralston 5,997 $66,875

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Omaha Public Libraries

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Omaha Public Library
W DALE CLARK LIBRARY
Omaha, Nebraska
(403) 444-4800
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Omaha Hospitals

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER - SAINT JOSEPH
(Proprietary)
601 NORTH 30TH ST
(402) 449-4040
Emergency Service: Yes

THE NEBRASKA METHODIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
8303 DODGE ST
(402) 390-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

ALEGENT HEALTH-IMMANUEL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
6901 NORTH 72ND ST
(402) 572-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

ALEGENT HEALTH-BERGAN MERCY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
7500 MERCY RD
(402) 398-6060
Emergency Service: Yes

ALEGENT HEALTH LAKESIDE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
16901 LAKESIDE HILLS CT
(402) 717-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

NEBRASKA ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2808 SOUTH 143RD PLZ
(402) 637-0600
Emergency Service: No

THE NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
987400 NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
(402) 552-2040
Emergency Service: Yes

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Omaha High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
402-557-3300
Serves 2,448 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

MILLARD NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
402-691-1365
Serves 2,282 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

BURKE HIGH SCHOOL
402-557-3200
Serves 2,042 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

MILLARD SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
402-895-8268
Serves 1,913 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
402-343-2600
Serves 1,843 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

MILLARD WEST HIGH SCHOOL
402-894-6000
Serves 1,776 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

OMAHA NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
402-557-3500
Serves 1,766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

OMAHA NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
402-557-3400
Serves 1,756 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

OMAHA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
402-557-3600
Serves 1,676 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

BENSON HIGH SCHOOL
402-557-3000
Serves 1,436 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

BRYAN HIGH SCHOOL
402-557-3100
Serves 1,427 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

BLACKBURN ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCH
402-344-3385
Serves 430 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

MILLARD LEARNING CENTER
402-895-8468
A Special Education School
Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

YATES ALTERNATIVE CENTER
402-344-7895
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

LORD ELEM SCHOOL
402-554-6771
A Special Education School
Serves 66 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.9

PARRISH ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
402-554-8460
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

BROOK VALLEY SCHOOL
402-597-4800
A Special Education School
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM
402-894-6337
A Special Education School
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

PARALYZED VETERAN'S ED CENTER
402-398-1855
A Special Education School
Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35

MAGNET CAREER CENTER
402-557-3700
Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.1

MIDDLE SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE PROG
402-894-6178
A Special Education School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL ED CTR
402-390-6472
A Special Education School

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