Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 77,354 sq miles; Land Only: 76,872 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone|
||Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming|
|Highest Point||Panorama Point, 5,427 feet|
|State Population (2015)||1,896,190|
|State Population Density||24.7 people / square mile|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Grand Island (48,520)
Government & Legislature
|State Fish||Channel catfish|
|State Gem||Blue chalcedoney|
|State Grass||Little bluestem|
|State Mammal||Whitetail deer|
||Equality before the law|
||Cornhusker State; Beef State
|State Rock||Prairie agate|
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.
This page was last updated on August 21, 2016.