Since its founding on the banks of the Missouri River in 1854, Omaha, known as the "Gateway to the West," has expanded into a booming and prosperous metroplitan community. With a population of almost 400,000, Omaha is the 45th largest city and the 61st largest metropolitan area in the United States. Omaha hosts a variety of cultural institutions and events, including a professional symphony, ballet troupe, several museums, the College World Series, and a nationally recognized zoo. The city is home to several universities, major medical research centers, and over 18,000 businesses.

In order to examine this expanding city, this atlas was created to depict a variety of social and economic characteristics. Many of the maps included in this book were produced by students in a Computer Mapping course offered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha during the Spring semester of 2002. A visiting student from Munich, Germany, Eva Grund, organized and assembled the maps and was responsible for the overall design. In depicting such things as population density, election results, crime reports, locations of hospitals, and theaters, the atlas paints a picture of the major geographic patterns in this metropolitan area.

Edited by Michael P. Peterson

Published by the Cartography and GIS Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Design by Eva Grund


Marvin Barton, Theresa deBoer, James Carig
Dr. Charles Gildersleeve, Eva Grund, David Gutman
Pavol Hurbanek, Tyler van Meeteren, Pat Oakes
Sarah Peterson, Chris Poulsen, Michael Schonlau
Bill Schwertley, Haifeng Zhang