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Rising Populations and What That Means for Omaha

The Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area is Nebraska and Iowa’s clear hub of activity. With a 2014 census population reading of 446,599 residents, we more than double in comparison to Des Moines, IA at 209,220 and have come to be just shy of Kansas City, MO at 470,800. Omaha’s predominance as a big Midwestern city continues to gain momentum which has initiated studies geared towards such progression. In fact, an article found on Omaha.com from March of this year states how some are now predicting Omaha’s population to reach 1 million by as early as 2023. The article states that Omaha is listed as the 60th largest metro area in the country today, with strong, healthy growth rates even in smaller counties throughout the state. With these rising populations, it’s only a matter of time before a number of factors are to be affected - namely housing and transportation. Hence with an increase in demand, prices are likely to increase, especially in desirable areas of town. Additionally, efforts to combat the increasing number of vehicles on our roads are in full swing. A program spawned from Live Well Omaha called the Commuter Challenge encourages other means of transporting to work and play such as carpooling, walking/biking, riding the bus, etc. in an effort to save money, time and the environment! It even offers prizes to those who actively track their progress and participate in the challenge. The links to all websites mentioned in this post are all listed below!

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/for-the-omaha-metro-area-population-milestone-of-million-is/article_a7b313db-709b-596b-8e8b-5f8acfa2ac1c.html

http://www.omahacommuterchallenge.org/about/

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