The Hispanic population of Omaha began to rise rapidly in the late 20th century, and it now constitutes over half of the city's population. While people of European ancestry make up most of the population, African Americans account for more than one tenth of the total population. White residents make up about one third of the entire city, and the remaining percentage is made up of Hispanics and Asians. The following is a brief history of the ethnic groups that make up Omaha's population.
Visitors to Omaha will find the CenturyLink Center and Holland Performing Arts Center among the city's many cultural attractions. The city also hosts the world's largest arthouse film festival, Film Streams. Old Market and Midtown Crossing are two of the city's largest shopping and dining districts. Aksarben Village is a popular spot for upscale shopping and dining. You will also enjoy a scenic drive across the Bob Kerrey Bridge, which connects Nebraska and Iowa. You'll be able to take in the skyline from above, and enjoy a wonderful view of the Omaha skyline as you travel.
The first people who moved to Omaha came from Europe. Many Italian immigrants arrived to Omaha to work in Union Pacific shops. In the Florence neighborhood, Scandinavians came to the area after leaving the Mormons. In 1941, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded above the Dundee neighborhood, which is now home to several hot shops, restaurants, and bars. In addition, the city has a rich history of immigrants from Eastern Europe. The first German settlers to the city were mostly Polish and Swedish, but this group did have a significant presence in the city.