Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area

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Omaha metro
Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area
Map of Omaha metro
Coordinates: 41°15′35″N 95°55′18″W / 41.2597°N 95.9217°W / 41.2597; -95.9217
CountryUnited States
Largest cityOmaha
Other cities
 • Total4,407 sq mi (11,410 km2)
 • Total944,244 (2,017 estimate)
 • Rank59th in the U.S.
 • Density196/sq mi (76/km2)

The Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area is a metropolitan area comprising the cities of Omaha, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, and surrounding areas. The area has a population of 933,316 (2017).[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", "the 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.

Historical definitions and populations[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016924,1296.8%
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).[5]

Components of the Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area[edit]


County State 2016 estimate 2010 Census Change
Cass Nebraska 25,767 25,241 +2.08%[6]
Douglas Nebraska 554,995 517,110 +7.33%[6]
Sarpy Nebraska 179,023 158,840 +12.71%[6]
Saunders Nebraska 21,038 20,780 +1.24%[6]
Washington Nebraska 20,603 20,234 +1.82%[6]
Harrison Iowa 14,149 14,937 −5.28%[7]
Mills Iowa 14,972 15,059 −0.58%[7]
Pottawattamie Iowa 93,582 93,149 +0.46%[7]


Primary city[edit]

The Downtown Omaha skyline from North Downtown.
  • Omaha – 408,958 inhabitants (2010)

Cities of 10,000 people or more[edit]

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

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

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

Census-designated places[edit]

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

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


  1. ^ "American FactFinder - Results". Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Hunzeker, S. "Nebraska Metro & Micro Statistical Areas" Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Nebraska Department of Labor. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
  3. ^ "May 2007 OES Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Definitions." Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
  4. ^ "Metro population hits 865,350". Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  5. ^ Iowa Data Center. "Population Estimates and Components of Population Change for Iowa's Combined Statistical Areas (2003 Definition): 2000–2006" (PDF). Retrieved April 6, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c d e "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Washington County, Nebraska; Sarpy County, Nebraska; Saunders County, Nebraska; Douglas County, Nebraska; Cass County, Nebraska". Census Bureau QuickFacts.
  7. ^ a b c "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Harrison County, Iowa; Pottawattamie County, Iowa; Mills County, Iowa". Census Bureau QuickFacts.

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Coordinates: 41°15′35″N 95°55′18″W / 41.25972°N 95.92167°W / 41.25972; -95.92167