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Ralston, Nebraska
Main Street in Ralston, Nebraska
Main Street in Ralston, Nebraska
Location of Ralston within Nebraska and Douglas County
Location of Ralston within Nebraska and Douglas County
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Douglas
 • Total 1.55 sq mi (4.01 km2)
 • Land 1.55 sq mi (4.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
1,145 ft (349 m)
 • Total 6,494
 • Density 4,692.25/sq mi (1,813.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 402 and 531
FIPS code 31-40605
GNIS feature ID 0832441

Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,494 at the 2020 census. Ralston is surrounded on three sides by the city of Omaha by 84th, 72nd, and L Streets, and by Sarpy County (Harrison Street) on the south side.


Ralston was founded in about 1907. A post office was established in Ralston in 1909.


Ralston is located at 41°12′8″N 96°2′14″W / 41.20222°N 96.03722°W / 41.20222; -96.03722 (41.202198, -96.037168).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.65 square miles (4.27 km2), of which, 1.64 square miles (4.25 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

The nearest hospital is Bergan Mercy Hospital (3.7 miles) located in Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha is also the location of the county courthouse.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 455
1930 809 77.8%
1940 834 3.1%
1950 1,300 55.9%
1960 2,977 129.0%
1970 4,731 58.9%
1980 5,143 8.7%
1990 6,236 21.3%
2000 6,314 1.3%
2020 6,494
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

At the time of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 5,943 people. There was a total of 2,581 households, of which 1,560 households were made of families. The population density was 3,623.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,399.2/km2). There were 2,711 housing units at an average density of 1,653.0 per square mile (638.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.7% White, 2.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 4.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.0% of the population.

There were 2,581 households, of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 40 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


Ralston Arena
Ralston Arena

The Ralston Arena opened October 19, 2012 and serves as the home of the Omaha Lancers hockey team, the Omaha Beef indoor football team, and was the home of UNO Mavericks men's basketball team until Baxter Arena opened in 2015.


The local school district is Ralston Public Schools. Ralston High School opened on Lakeview Drive in 1954; it is now at 8969 Park Drive. The old high school building was converted to the middle school. In 2006, Ralston High School's enrollment jumped from 850 students to 1090 students.

The Ralston Public Library opened in 1922 and was first located in the Stewart Real Estate Office. Two years later it was moved to the Centennial room in the basement level of City Hall. In 1963, the library moved to 7900 Park Lane. In May 1999, it returned to the downtown area and was renamed the Baright Public Library; it is currently at 5555 South 77th Street.

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