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Ethnicity & Race Centers of Omaha, Nebraska

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The centers for African American, Hispanic and White populations are more dispersed. Comparing the White, Hispanic, and African American population centers, only the white population center is close to the total population center. The African American and Hispanic centers, however, are far from the total population center and are not near the other centers. The African American population in Omaha is more heavily concentrated in the northeast, and Hispanics are concentrated in southeast. There are far less African Americans and Hispanics throughout the rest of the city. These two centers are the only population centers calculated that are not relatively close to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. These distances are far greater than the other centers that were calculated for this study, with the Hispanic and Black centers being 2.19 and 2.51 miles away from UNO respectively.

The distribution of both African Americans and Hispanics in Omaha can be attributed to several factors. For African Americans, “white flight” out of north Omaha and the availability of lower-cost housing of old sectors of the city have concentrated the population in the northeast of the city.

The location of the Hispanic center is strongly influenced by the concentration of the population in south Omaha. South Omaha has always been an area for immigrants, initially beginning with Italians, Germans, Czechs, Irish, Poles and other Eastern Europeans, then switching to Hispanics in more recent times. The reason for south Omaha being an “immigrant area” is largely due to the historically numerous slaughterhouse operations located there that attract immigrant labor and, consequently, immigrant settlement.