Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Geology
Dr. Michael Peteson
For a city that was initially settled mostly by Europeans, the recent immigrants largely from non-European countries, arriving in a changed urban and societal setting, have altered the settlement geography of Omaha, Nebraska. Due to the economic attainment of many newcomers to the country, many immigrant groups are able to settle in more prosperous areas than previous immigrants, and therefore live further away from the inner city. The transportation infrastructure throughout the city has also improved since the beginning of the century, so immigrants are able widen their geographic mobility. The resulting settlement pattern of these new immigrants is therefore much different than in the past. While immigrants still do decide to settle in areas of a city historically known for its immigrant that have chosen not to live in these area are creating more diverse suburbs within a city. Although these immigrants are selecting to live in the suburbs, many are still showing a slight tendency to cluster among members from their own country of origin, indicating that ethnic communities may be an important part of where immigrants decide to live, no matter what the economic status of an area may be.
Opitz, Leigh Anne L., "A spatial analysis of the foreign-born population in Douglas Sarpy County, Nebraska – 2000" (2006). Student Work. 676.
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A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2006, Leigh Anne L. Opitz