A demographer at the University of Nebraska at Omaha released an interesting – and potentially significant – population analysis this week:
After years of draining people to the suburbs, Douglas County turned around a key population measure, attracting new residents and keeping more of them once they lived there a while. In short, the core of the Omaha metro area is becoming a more popular place to live.
One note about the analysis from the Center for Public Affairs Research: These numbers are at the county level, so they don’t pinpoint exactly what part of Douglas County has become more popular.
Still, this is a notable finding. If Omaha is to succeed in its redevelopment efforts east of 72nd Street, it needs to attract new residents and convince them to stay. Nice, costly developments simply won’t work if the residents, along with their shopping dollars, aren’t there to support them.
We’ve seen other anecdotal evidence of this kind of progress in Omaha’s redevelopment. So what do you think? Is Omaha becoming a more attractive place to live?