Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership

Greater Omaha Demographics                

Greater Omaha offers a large and diverse workforce for employers of all sizes and industries. The Greater Omaha population not only possesses the education and demographic qualities that employers are looking for, but also the nationally recognized Midwest work ethic that is simply part of the fabric of the region.

Learn more about:  Population DemographicsRace/Ethnicity StatisticsAge Statistics, Income Levels and Educational Attainment.

Population

Characterized by steady growth, the Greater Omaha Combined Statistical Area (CSA) grew by 14.9 percent between 2000 and 2011 and is projected to grow another 7.3 percent by 2016.

The nine-county Combined Statistical Area (CSA) consists of Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties in Nebraska, and Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa. The Omaha CSA has a population of 925,858. At the heart of this region is the city of Omaha itself. Located in Douglas County, the city of Omaha has a population of 419,041. Furthermore, nearly 1.3 million people live within a 60-minute drive of Omaha.

2012 Population

 

Population Households Density (pop/sq. mile)

Greater Omaha Total

925,858 357,941 189.8
Cass, NE 25,082 9,823 45.0
Dodge, NE 36,899 15,005 69.8
Douglas, NE 529,915 207,838 1613.4
Sarpy, NE 166,881 60,228 689.3
Saunders, NE 21,158 8,122 28.2
Washington, NE 20,594 8,086 52.8
Harrison, IA 14,765 5,851 21.2
Mills, IA 15,245 5,640 34.8
Pottawattamie, IA 95,319 37,348 100.3
Source: Applied Geographic Solutions; U.S. Census Bureau


Race/Ethnicity
With a diverse cultural makeup, ethnic minorities comprise 19.6 percent of Greater Omaha’s population including a Hispanic populace of 9.8 percent.

2012 Race/Ethnicity

 

Greater Omaha (CSA) City of Omaha
Total 925,858 % 419,043 %
White 744,820 80.% 294459 70.3%
Black 71,797 7.8% 56,899 13.6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 6,555 0.7% 4,003 1.0%
Asian 20,626 2.2% 11,300 2.7%
Some Other Race 7,175 0.8% 5,226 1.2%
Two or More Races 74,945 8.1% 47,156 11.3%
Hispanic Ethnicity 90,852 9.8% 59,350 14.2%
Not Hispanic or Latino 835,006 90.2% 359,692 85.8%
Source: Applied Geographic Solutions; U.S. Census Bureau

Age
Greater Omaha’s reputation as a vibrant, growing community has attracted a considerable population of young adults resulting in more than 35.6 percent of the population being under 25 years of age. In fact, the median age is 35.2 years compared to the U.S. median of 37.5 years. Among the many advantages Greater Omaha has to offer, this young demographic provides area employers a significant source of active, well-educated workers.

2012 Age
Greater Omaha (CSA) Total   925,858 %
0 to 4   70,435 7.6%
5 to 14   132,889 14.4%
15 to 19   64,703 7.0%
20 to 24   61,776 6.7%
25 to 34   130,511 14.1%
35 to 44   119,263 12.9%
45 to 54   126,836 13.7%
55 to 64   106,959 11.6%
65 to 74   61,310 6.6%
75 to 84   34,698 3.7%
85+   16,478 1.8%
Median Age:              35.2  
Source: Applied Geographic Solutions; U.S. Census Bureau

Income

When it comes to the median household income (HHI), Greater Omaha, once again, surpasses the national average. In 2012, the area’s median HHI was $56,445 compared to $53,133 for the nation, which appears to be an enduring trend. Additionally, the median HHI is expected to increase by another 6.4 percent by 2017 reaching over $60,000. These exceptional median HHI numbers are another way Greater Omaha is able to retain the caliber of workforce that companies find essential to their success.

2012 Household Income (CSA)
Total Households 357,941 %
$0 - $15,000 35,181 9.8%
$15,000 - $24,999 36,237 10.1%
$25,000 - $34,999 37,465 10.5%
$35,000 - $49,999 50,707 14.2%
$50,000 - $74,999 70,516 19.7%
$75,000 - $99,999 50,574 14.1%
$100,000 - $149,999 50,208 14.0%
$150,000 + 27,053 7.6%
Average Hhld Income $70,633  
Median Hhld Income $56,445  
Per Capita Income $27,307  
Source: Applied Geographic Solutions; U.S. Census Bureau


Educational Attainment
Greater Omaha is a well-educated community. More than 90 percent of adults 25 years of age and older are high school graduates. The national average is 85 percent. In addition, Greater Omaha outperforms the national average for college graduates with 32.0 percent of adults achieving a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 27.9 percent nationally. From business and education, to science, medicine, technology and the liberal arts, Greater Omaha is home to some of the nation’s leading colleges, universities and trade schools. 

2012 Educational Attainment
  Greater Omaha (CSA) United States
Age 25+ Population    
High School or Above 90.6% 85.0%
Bachelor's or Above 32.0% 27.9%
High School Graduate 27.3% 28.9%
Some College, No Degree 24.1% 20.6%
Associates Degree   7.9% 7.5%
Bachelor's Degree 21.2% 17.6%
Graduate Degree 10.2% 10.3%
Source: Applied Geographic Solutions; U.S. Census Bureau