How Are Women Doing in Omaha?
Women are consistently more likely to have incomes below the poverty line, according to a 2013 study by the Women’s Fund of Omaha on “How Women Are Doing in Omaha.” The report reveals that 11% of the population reported income below the poverty level, and women accounted for 57% of this total. The poverty rate for African Americans was nearly four times that of white respondents.
Of those living in poverty, 36% are children, and 63% of families living in poverty are headed by a single female.
The report also found that the median income for individuals in the Omaha area is $29,416 — $34,360 for men and $24,852 for women. Earnings are lowest for Hispanic/Latino women ($16,866) and African American women ($17,950) and highest for white males ($37,327).
These are just a few of the findings from the study, which looked at multiple data sources to present a picture of women in the Greater Omaha area. Highlights include:
- More than 90,000 citizens in the Omaha area have incomes below the federal poverty line.
- 6.5% of women reported giving birth in the last 12 months. Of those women, 32.8% were unmarried. Minority women reported higher birth rates and higher instances of unmarried women giving birth.
- 26% of businesses in the Omaha area are owned by women.
- Women earn 72 cents for every dollar a man earns in the Omaha area. This gender gap is larger than the national average, which shows women earning 78 cents for every dollar.
- Omaha has a low unemployment rate compared to the national average. However, minorities have higher rates of unemployment, especially minority women.
- Education attainment levels (high school degree and higher) for women are higher than for men in all categories except graduate/professional degree. (Population 25 and older)