City StoriesOmaha

Omaha, NE

The Short Omaha Ghetto Story

The Omaha ghetto of a Midwestern city that has often been overlooked is the largest city and has the only urban community in the state of Nebraska.

Population: Over 400,000 
Omaha Hispanic Population: 14%
Omaha Black Population: 13%
Poverty Rate: 16%
Average Income: $28,500

Omaha’s Background Story

Omaha Black Population / Omaha Hispanic Population

In the beginning, the Omaha black population was equal to only a few thousand, with a small community in North Omaha close to what is now Downtown, as a number of people from the rural south moved to the Nebraska city.

During the early 1900s, many blacks and other ethnic groups came to the city of Omaha while working servant type of jobs or  on the railroads.

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The Omaha black population began in a small section of the North Side, but would later expand towards N. 24th Street and N. 16th Street in the early part of the city’s development years.

24th Street would later become the heart of the Omaha black population, home to a number of businesses and entertainment district.

The Omaha Hispanic population became established during the early and mid-1900s, with many living in area of South Omaha that was close to the local employment opportunities at the time.


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North Omaha’s black community started to change around the 1960s, as the Omaha black population moved into other areas of the Omaha ghetto on the North Side, outside of the 16th and 24th street areas.

The South Omaha ghetto is mainly home to the Omaha Hispanic community with exception to the housing projects around 29th and T Street, which is mostly made up of black families.

In the 90s, the streets of the Omaha ghetto in areas like Little Vietnam (Fontenelle Projects), Killer Park (Miller Park), the Low Ends, and number of blocks on the North Side, helped the city become known as Omaha NeBlastya.

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Today the streets are once again changing as people are moving further away with the help of section 8 apartments in far northwestern Omaha and gentrification in areas from around 16th street to 30th street.


*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.

Watch the short documentary on the streets of Omaha: