The Largest City in Nebraska Now and in 2050

Written by Megan Martin
Published: February 22, 2024
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The Cornhusker State, Nebraska, is a Midwestern state. It is the 16th largest state in the United States based on land area. Regarding population, it is the 37th largest. The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln, although this is only its second-largest city based on total population. To learn about the largest city in Nebraska, plus what may be the largest city in 2050, continue reading below.

What is the Largest City in Nebraska?

Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska.

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With the capital of Nebraska being only the second largest city in the state, you may be wondering what the largest city in Nebraska is. To answer this question, look no further than the city of Omaha. As of 2020, Omaha had a population of 486,051. It has maintained a population of over 400,000 people since 2010, growing rapidly in recent years. 

What Attracts People To Omaha?

On a local level, Omaha can offer an abundance of opportunities for those who live in the area. This includes career opportunities, schools, and affordable neighborhoods. In recent years, Omaha has grown to be one of the most popular places to live, especially given the low cost of living in the area.

Omaha also attracts high numbers of tourists each year. A small city compared to the likes of New York City and Los Angeles, entertainment, events, and dining in Omaha often don’t tote a high price tag. However, because it is the largest city in Omaha, there are plenty of attractions available, with options to appeal to almost everyone. 

What Will the Largest City in Nebraska Be in 2050?

Map view of Nebraska on a geographical globe. (vignette)

With a relatively high growth rate, Omaha may still be the largest city in Nebraska several decades from now.

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Between the 2010 and 2020 census, Omaha experienced an estimated rate of growth equal to 18.9 percent. This is the same as adding around 80,000 new individuals to the state’s most populated city. As a result, since Omaha has been experiencing positive growth rates since the census in 1980, it is likely that this city will continue to grow in population.

Because Omaha has nearly double the population of Nebraka’s second most populated city, Lincoln, with a positive growth rate, it is likely that, if nothing changes, Omaha will still be the largest city in 2050. This is especially true given that between 2010 and 2020, the census reported that Lincoln only experienced a population increase of 12.7 percent.

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About the Author

Megan is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is birds, felines, and sharks. She has been researching and writing about animals for four years, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in biology and professional and technical writing from Wingate University, which she earned in 2022. A resident of North Carolina, Megan is an avid birdwatcher that enjoys spending time with her cats and exploring local zoological parks with her husband.

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