Omaha has staggering poverty, particularly among African Americans, that is disproportionate to its total population. This from a city that has prided itself for forward-development for more than 20 years. The following statistics speak for themselves.
- There were 390,007 total residents in Omaha in 2000.
- Omaha is the 42nd largest city in the US.
- In 2000 Omaha had 51,910 African American residents; in 2005 there were 49,912
- African American comprised 13% of Omaha’s total population in 2000.
- There are 5 Fortune 500 companies in Omaha today.
- In 2008 there are 2,688 minority-owned businesses in the five-county Omaha metropolitan statistical area.
- 50% of all minority-owned businesses in Omaha are owned by blacks.
- In 2004 the median income of a family in Omaha was $44,636
- That same year the median income of an African American family in Omaha was $25,280.
- The overall unemployment rate in Omaha is 3.6%.
- The black unemployment rate in Omaha is 17%.
- White people make up 89.3% of the workforce in Omaha; blacks make up 5.5%.
- The white unemployment rate in Omaha is 3.1%; the black unemployment rate is 10.5%.
- Omaha ranks 8th in the nation for black African American unemployment.
- Omaha ranks 1st among American cities for the total number of African Americans who qualify as low-income.
- Only 1 other city in the US has greater disparities between the wealth of blacks and whites.
- 6.7% of families in Omaha living below poverty line.
- 1 out of 3 of African American families in Omaha live in poverty.
- 6 out of 10 black children in Omaha live in poverty.
- Omaha ranks number 1 among American cities for its total percentage of impoverished black children.
- 35% of African American students in Omaha do not graduate from high school.
- Omaha ranks 40th among cities across the US for racial segregation.
- African Americans comprise 4% of Nebraska’s population.
- Nebraska’s prisons have a 25% African American population.
This is a map of the racial divide in Omaha, with the image made by Dustin Cable. White: blue dots; African American: green dots; Asian: red; Latino: orange; all others: brown. Note that the community I grew up in and focus on in this blog is in the upper right hand corner of this image.
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MY ARTICLES ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS IN OMAHA
General: History of Racism | Timeline of Racism
Events: Juneteenth | Malcolm X Day | George Smith Lynching | Will Brown Lynching | North Omaha Riots | Vivian Strong Murder | Jack Johnson Riot
Issues: African American Firsts in Omaha | Police Brutality | North Omaha African American Legislators | North Omaha Community Leaders | Segregated Schools | Segregated Hospitals | Segregated Hotels | Segregated Sports | Segregated Businesses | Segregated Churches | Redlining
People: Rev. Dr. John Albert Williams | Edwin Overall | Harrison J. Pinkett | Vic Walker | Joseph Carr | Rev. Russel Taylor | Dr. Craig Morris | Mildred Brown | Dr. John Singleton | Ernie Chambers | Malcolm X
Organizations: Omaha Colored Commercial Club | Omaha NAACP | Omaha Urban League | 4CL (Citizens Civic Committee for Civil Rights) | DePorres Club | Omaha Black Panthers | City Interracial Committee | Providence Hospital | American Legion | Elks Club | Prince Hall Masons | BANTU
Related: Black History | African American Firsts | A Time for Burning
- Cordes, H.J., Gonzalez, C. and Grace, E. “Omaha in Black and White: Poverty amid prosperity,” ”Omaha World-Herald”. April 15, 2007. Retrieved 8/21/08.
- Kotock, C.D. (2007) “Big plans in store for north Omaha“, ”Omaha World-Herald”, October 3, 2007. Retrieved 10/4/07.
- (2007) Multiethnic Guide. Greater Omaha Economic Partnership. Retrieved 10/28/07.
- Awodele, F. “The Omaha African-American Family in 2007,” NigeriaWorld. Retrieved 8/21/08.
- (2006) Best places to live: Omaha. CNN Money magazine.
- Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. (2006) Indicators for the Greater Omaha Minority Community. Retrieved 11/6/08.
- Vanhemer, K. (8/26/2013) “The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation,” on Wired magazine website.