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Demographics

A Snapshot of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro

Understanding the demographics of our region can help better illustrate the changing and diversifying needs we face while gaining more insight and awareness on the make-up of individuals and populations within our community.

Age

Over 931,000 people live in the metro and youth under the age of 17 make up a quarter of the population.

Gender

The population is evenly split between men and women.

Race & Ethnicity

People of color make up 17% of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area population. People in our community report over 100 different areas of ancestry, and 12% speak a first language that is not English.

Latino or Hispanic people are the fastest-growing minority population in the metro.

Education

Educational attainment has remained consistent since 2014 in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Of those in the labor force, 4% are unemployed (pre-pandemic).

Income

Almost a quarter of households make less than $35,000 per year.

Poverty

Poverty impacts those under the age of 18 at the greatest rate in our community.

Children of color are at least twice as likely to be in poverty compared with white children.

Internet Access

A significantly lower number of households have internet access in areas where there are higher populations of people who are Black or Hispanic. We also see fewer people having internet access in more rural parts of the metro.

Housing

Over half — 57% — of all homes in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area were built before 1980.

Over half of all homes are valued at less than $200,000.

Questions about the data? We’re here to help.
Emily Nguyen

Director of Research and Strategy
402-933-4205
emily@omahafoundation.org

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