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Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation NE
State Capital Lincoln
State Size Total (Land + Water): 77,354 sq miles; Land Only: 76,872 sq miles
Number of Counties 93
Time Zone Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming
Highest PointPanorama Point, 5,427 feet
National ParksNone
State Population (2015)1,896,190
State Population Density24.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 308, 402
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Omaha (408,958)
Lincoln (258,379)
Bellevue (50,137)
Grand Island (48,520)
Kearney (30,787)

Government & Legislature

Statehood March 1, 1867
Electoral Votes5
State Flag Nebraska State Flag
GovernorOfficial Nebraska Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Nebraska
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Nebraska
State SenatorsList of Nebraska State Senators
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionNebraska State Constitution
Road ConditionsNebraska Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date April 3, 2006

State Symbols

State Bird Western meadowlark
State FishChannel catfish
State Flower Goldenrod
State FossilMammoth
State GemBlue chalcedoney
State GrassLittle bluestem
State InsectHoneybee
State MammalWhitetail deer
State Motto Equality before the law
State Nickname Cornhusker State; Beef State
State RockPrairie agate
State Tree Cottonwood

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools Creighton University (Big East)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Big Ten)
University of Nebraska Omaha (The Summit League)


State Gas Tax$0.2087 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.675 / Pack

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Nebraska

Nobel Prize Winners

  • George Beadle (Physiology or Medicine, 1958)
  • Lawrence R. Klein (Economic Sciences, 1980)
  • Val Fitch (Physics, 1980)

United States Presidents

  • Gerald R. Ford (38th President)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • William R. Lyman (Tackle. Inducted in 1964)
  • Guy Chamberlin (End, Running Back. Inducted in 1965)
  • Mick Tingelhoff (Center. Inducted in 2015)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Grover Cleveland Alexander (Pitcher. Inducted in 1938)
  • Sam Crawford (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1957)
  • Bob Gibson (Pitcher. Inducted in 1981)
  • Richie Ashburn (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1995)
  • Wade Boggs (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2005)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Marlon Brando
  • Henry Fonda
  • Hilary Swank

Nebraska Fun Facts

  • Nebraska's name comes from the Otoe Indian words nebrathka, meaning "flat waterť." The words refer to the Platte River that flows through the state
  • Nebraska is the only state in the United States with a unicameral legislature (meaning a single legislative chamber). All other states have bicameral legislature (house and senate).
  • The Lied Jungle in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is the largest indoor rainforest in the United States.
  • The National Museum of Roller Skating is located in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • On Saturdays when the University of Nebraska football team plays at home, the stadium itself becomes the third-largest city in Nebraska. The stadium capacity is 87,000, and the third-largest city, Bellevue, had a population of 50,137 in 2010.
  • The first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska.
  • The Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest is the largest hand-planted forest in the world and covers more than 90,000 acres.
  • In 1927, Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska invented the powdered soft drink Kool-Aid.
  • In Nebraska in 1986 for the first time ever two women ran against each other for governorship of a state.
  • Omaha has been the home of the College World Series since 1950.

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