Omaha is a Midwestern city and the largest city in the state of Nebraska. The city of Omaha is steeped in the pioneer history of the U.S., and is the home of the Mormon Trail Center, a museum where visitors can marvel at the artifacts and history around the 1846 to 1890 migration of almost 100,000 pioneers toward the Rocky Mountains.
Omaha is also the home of the Beercade, a grown-up arcade game parlor that hosts everyone’s favorite retro arcade games from the 70’s and 80’s.
But, what can seniors who are thinking about relocating to this historic city expect when they get here? Keep reading to learn about the people, climate, and natural wonders of Omaha, Nebraska.
The 2010 U.S. Census reports that the population of Omaha is about 409,000 people spread over 163,000 households. The population density of Omaha is 3,200 residents per square mile.
Ethnically, Omaha has a population representative of the U.S. population as a whole:
The Non-Hispanic white population is 68% of the total population.
African Americans number a little less than 14% of Omaha residents.
Hispanics are represented in almost the same numbers as African Americans at 13% of Omaha residents.
People of Asian extraction mirror the national average at 2.5% of the population.
While Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the area that would be called Omaha, they aren’t present in measurable numbers in the city as of the 2010 census.
Almost 32% of Omaha households have a child under the age of 18, while the median age in Omaha is about 34 years.
Close to 10% of households in Omaha report that at least one person 65 years of age or older lives there, and the average family size in Omaha is between 3 and 4 people.
The Omaha median household income is $40,000 per year, and the median family income was $51,000 per year in 2010. Less than 11.5% of people in Omaha live below the poverty line.
Omaha is characterized by a humid continental climate and can experience weather extremes due to a lack of moderating geographic features such as mountains, valleys or large bodies of water.
The average temperature in July will hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit at 70% humidity. Summers can be hot, sticky, and subject to frequent heavy thunderstorms.
Omaha residents brave an average of 29 days per year with temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 2 days on average with temperatures over 100.
Winters are cold, and residents will experience 29 inches of snow per year. The spring and summer seasons will average about 31 inches of rain every year.
Omaha residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the natural wonders of Nebraska. The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is a 500-acre mix of prairie, savanna, woodland, lake, and creek habitats located north of Omaha.
The Neale Woods Nature Center is about 15 minutes from downtown Omaha. The Nature Center houses the Millard Observatory (the largest one in the Omaha area), and the beautiful Neale Woods Trail System offers some amazing hilltop views.
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