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2009.07.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Omaha Growing, Improves Ranking Among U.S. Cities

Omaha - 2008 population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the city of Omaha now has more than 438,000 residents, making it the 40th most-populated city in the U.S. Omaha had ranked as the 44th largest city in Census 2000 but it has now surpassed Cleveland, Ohio and Virginia Beach, Virginia in the last year to achieve the 40th largest designation. These city estimates are for the population within city limit boundaries alone, and are not for larger multi-county metropolitan areas, where the Omaha metro currently has about 838,000 people, ranking as the 60th largest metro, the same as in 2000.

Omaha continues to grow from births outnumbering deaths, more people moving in than moving out, and by annexing additional land into the city limits, including around 8,700 persons from Elkhorn. Omaha’s 2008 population estimate of 438,646 is the first official figure from the Census Bureau to include the impacts of the Elkhorn annexation. All population estimates will be superseded by the 2010 Census, which occurs April 1, 2010, about 9 months from now.

Editor’s note: This information has been compiled by David Drozd of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). For more information you can contact him at ddrozd@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2132. Download Drozd's complete report at http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2009/img/cpar_summary.pdf

The Center for Public Affairs Research is a research and community outreach unit of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The Center compiles and analyzes various data for Nebraska that add to policy-making discussions.

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