Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area
Map of Omaha metro

Common name: Omaha metro
Largest city Omaha
Other cities  - Council Bluffs
 - Bellevue
 - Papillion
 - La Vista
Population  Ranked 60th in the U.S.
 - Total 837,925 (2008 est.)
 - Density 4,402/sq. mi. 
72.2/km²
Area 186.9 sq. mi.
300.8 km²
State(s)   - Nebraska
 - Iowa
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The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area is a metropolitan area comprising the cities of Omaha, Nebraska, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and surrounding areas. The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area has a population of 865,350 (2010).[1] The metropolitan area, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, consists of eight counties — five in Nebraska and three in Iowa.[2][3] The area is locally referred to as "the Metro Area", "Metro", or simply "Omaha". Three of the counties have large urban areas; the other five counties consist primarily of rural communities, most of which have populations of 1,000 or less.

An "extended" metropolitan area—or trade zone—shows more than 1.2 million people within a 60-mile (100-km) radius of Omaha; the majority of these additional people live in the Lincoln metropolitan area.

Historical definitions and populations[edit | edit source]

Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area
Population by decade
1950 366,395
1960 457,873
1970 540,142
1980 585,122[4]
1990 618,262[5]
2000 767,041[6]
2008 837,925 (est.)
2010 865,350[7]

View from space of Omaha and Council Bluffs

Standard definitions for United States metropolitan areas were created in 1949; the first census which had metropolitan area data was the 1950 census. At that time, the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area comprised three counties: Douglas and Sarpy in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie in Iowa. No additional counties were added to the metropolitan area until 1983, when Washington County, Nebraska was added. Cass County, Nebraska was added in 1993; Saunders County in Nebraska and Harrison and Mills counties in Iowa became part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area in 2003.

The 2003 revision to metropolitan area definitions was accompanied by the creation of micropolitan areas and Combined Statistical Areas. Fremont, in Dodge County, Nebraska, was designated a micropolitan area. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont Combined Statistical Area has a population of 858,720 (2006 estimate).[8]

Components of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area[edit | edit source]

Counties[edit | edit source]

Nebraska[edit | edit source]

Iowa[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Primary cities[edit | edit source]

The Downtown Omaha skyline from North Downtown.

Cities of 10,000 people or more[edit | edit source]

Cities of 5,000 to 10,000 people[edit | edit source]

Cities of 1,000 to 5,000 people[edit | edit source]

Cities and villages with fewer than 1,000 people[edit | edit source]

Census-designated places[edit | edit source]

Population information[edit | edit source]

Omaha-Council Bluffs metro in order of population
County Population
Douglas County, Nebraska 517,310[9]
Sarpy County, Nebraska 158,840[10]
Pottawattamie County, Iowa 90,218[11]
Cass County, Nebraska 25,241[12]
Saunders County, Nebraska 20,780[13]
Washington County, Nebraska 20,234[14]
Harrison County, Iowa 15,745[15]
Mills County, Iowa 15,595[16]

Annexations of formerly incorporated places by the City of Omaha[edit | edit source]

Annexations by the City of Omaha
Year Former incorporated area name
1854 East Omaha
1877 Kountze Place
1877 Gifford Park
1877 Saratoga
1877 Near North Side
1887 Sheelytown
1887 Bemis Park
1915 South Omaha
1915 Dundee
1917 Benson
1917 Florence
1971 Millard
2005 Elkhorn

Notes[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Template:Community areas of Omaha


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