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This report is a short overview of the dominant factors which have influenced the development of the Omaha Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) in the past and will, no doubt, continue to influence the Omaha SMSA for many decades. The primary emphasis is on the tangible aspects involved in the city's development. Included among these is a consideration of the geographic variables from the standpoint of physical and human resources. These were the primary determinants in the early development of Omaha and will continue to play a major part in the future of the city. Another area of inquiry deals with the numerous economic variables which have influenced Omaha. The social variables discussed focus on the structure of community organization, both private and public, in the Omaha SMSA. The final section of this report consists of a summary of the potential for the Omaha SMSA.