Ralston, Nebraska

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Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,314 at the 2000 census. Ralston is geographically surrounded by Omaha, Nebraska but is a separate city. Since Ralston's population is below 10,000, state law technically allows for Omaha to forcibly annex Ralston (as they did with Elkhorn, another nearby city, in 2007, and had previously done with Millard). Omaha officials have never expressed a desire to annex Ralston; an agreement had been signed with Ralston's then-mayor, Wendell Kronberg, in the late 1960s whereby Omaha would leave Ralston alone.



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)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), all of it land.

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


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,314 people, 2,538 households, and 1,697 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,725.7 people per square mile (1,442.5/km²). There were 2,601 housing units at an average density of 1,534.8/sq mi (594.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.96% White, 1.24% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.16% Asian, Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.39% of the population.

There were 2,538 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.

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