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The Omaha metro area has grown over the last decade at a healthy rate, but the city itself has captured little of that gain.
New population numbers from the 2010 Census show an official tally of 865,350 people in the eight-county metro area.
According to local population figures delivered Tuesday to Nebraska state leaders, the Omaha metro has grown by just under 100,000 people. That equates to a steady annual growth rate of 1.3 percent.
The U.S. Census Bureau has expanded its definition of the Omaha metro area. In 2000, the metro area was a five-county region with just under 717,000 people. But in 2003, it added Saunders County in Nebraska and Mills and Harrison Counties in Iowa to the official metro area count.
While many other metro areas nationally struggled through the end-of-the-decade recession, the Omaha metro was often recognized for having relatively strong jobs and housing markets.
The city of Omaha now has a population of 408,958 — a low figure considering the most recent Census estimates in 2009 put the population at about 454,000.
For the decade, Omaha added 18,951 over its 2000 population of 390,007, and that's counting the annexation of roughly 10,000 in the former suburban city of Elkhorn.
Of metro area counties, Douglas County added the most people over the decade — 53,525. But Sarpy County grew at a faster rate — 29.6 percent.
Bellevue remains Nebraska's third-largest city, at 50,137. Papillion has 18,894 people, while La Vista has 15,758.
Overall, Nebraska has 1,826,341 people, and the new figures will provide population counts for cities and counties around the state.
In the Nebraska Legislature, the local population counts will be the basis for redrawing the state's three congressional districts.
As the state's population continues to shift from rural to urban areas, the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District is bound to have its boundaries squeezed to balance the population of the three districts. Sarpy County is expected to have a larger area moved to the 1st Congressional District.
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