Nebraska is a midwestern U.S. state encompassing the prairies of the Great Plains, the towering dunes of the Sandhills and the panhandle’s dramatic rock formations. Lincoln, the capital and a vibrant university town, is distinguished by its soaring state capitol. The city of Omaha is home to the Durham Museum, which honors the state’s pioneering past in a converted railroad depot.
March 1, 1867 (37th State)
Nickname: Cornhusker State
State flower: Goldenrod
State tree: Eastern Cottonwood
State bird: Western Meadowlark
State motto: Equality Before the Law
Population: 1,896,190 estimate 2015