The largest city in Nebraska, Omaha, has a population of 478,037. In addition to being the state’s most populous area, Omaha also serves as its economic hub and home to many Fortune 500 companies such as Union Pacific Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The metro area is home to over 1 million people and includes suburbs like Bellevue and La Vista. With a median household income of $56,560 (which is higher than the national average), Omaha ranks first on Forbes Magazine’s list of Best Places for Businesses and Careers.
Nebraska is the only state with two metropolitan areas of over 400,000 people. Lincoln ranks number two in population among Nebraska cities, with 225,581 people calling it home. In addition to being the seat of government for the state, Lincoln is a hub for education and culture as well as transportation and industry—the city is home to the University of Nebraska’s flagship campus and the world-renowned National Museum of Roller Skating. The median household income, $41,742, is lower than the national average, but Lincoln still ranks among the best places to live in America according to Forbes Magazine.
The remaining Nebraska cities with populations over 10,000 people are Grand Island (population of 51,610), Hastings (population of 49,789), and Kearney (population 35,234).
While no other city in the state has a population greater than 50,000 people, Coventry and Weeping Water both have populations of more than 10,000 people.