Area Code 402

Where Is Area Code 402?

Updated: June 21st 2021

Area code 402 is the area code for eastern Nebraska. When area code 402 was put into place on January 1, 1947, it served the entire state of Nebraska. Once Nebraska experienced ample growth in population and telephone use, area code 402 was split to form area code 308 in 1955. Parts of area code 402 are located in the Central Time Zone, while other parts are located in the Mountain Time Zone.

Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska and is the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is situated in the Midwest on the Missouri River. Going back in history, Omaha was founded in 1854 by settlers from Council Bluffs, Iowa. William D. Brown brought the settlers to Omaha by way of the Lone Tree Ferry; it was he who had the vision to establish a city where Omaha now sits. In 1883, the Union Stockyards were founded and by the 1950s, half of the city’s workforce was employed in meatpacking and processing. In 1898, the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition was held in Omaha; the goal of this event was to showcase the growth throughout the Midwest. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Omaha’s growth was a result of meatpacking, wholesaling, and railroads. During the 20th century, competition and fierce labor struggles led to major civil unrest in the city. At the start of the 21st century, new construction occurred throughout Omaha, which included downtown skyscrapers and cultural establishments.

Omaha has a population of 408,958 and the racial makeup of the city is 68.0% White, 13.7% African American, 13.1% Hispanic, and 2.4% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Omaha is among the top ten most dangerous cities in Nebraska.

Omaha’s economy is diverse and includes transportation, insurance, construction, telecommunications, and banking. Omaha is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, which is headed by Warren Buffet. When it comes to tourism, Omaha has been a tourist destination for numerous years. The main attractions in the city are the Henry Doorly Zoo, the College World Series, and the Old Market in Downtown Omaha. Other points of interest in the city include the Joslyn Art Museum, the Durham Museum, the Omaha Children’s Museum, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and the Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center.

Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and is the county seat of Lancaster County. While most of the large cities of Nebraska are located along the Platte River or the Missouri River, Lincoln is located near Salt Creek. Going back in history, Lincoln was founded as the village of Lancaster in 1856. In 1869, the name was changed to Lincoln, the city was incorporated, and the University of Nebraska was established. Today Lincoln has a population of 258,379 and the racial makeup of the city is 86.0% White, 6.3% Hispanic, 3.8% African American, and 3.8% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Lincoln is among the top ten most dangerous cities in Nebraska. Much of the economy is based on service and manufacturing while the government and the University of Nebraska are the biggest employers. Points of interest in the city include the Nebraska State Capitol, the Museum of American Speed, the Lincoln Children’s Museum, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, and the Sheldon Museum of Art.

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Hastings is located in Nebraska and is the county seat of Adams County. Going back in history, Hastings was founded in 1872 and was named after Colonel D. T. Hastings of the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad. Hastings was incorporated in 1874 and the county seat was transferred to Hastings from Juniata in 1878. Today Hastings has a population of 24,907 and the racial makeup of the city is 90.4% White, 9.8% Hispanic, 1.7% Asian, and 1.0% African American (2010 Census). Like Omaha and Lincoln, Hastings is among the top ten most dangerous cities in Nebraska. Hastings is best known for being the birthplace of Kool-Aid, invented by Edwin Perkins in 1927; every August the city holds the Kool-Aid Days festival. Hastings is also home to a local and regional landmark, the Jacob Fisher Rainbow Fountain. The biggest point of interest in the city is the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

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