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Informative guide to Nebraska history, environment, notable people, and the beauty and diversity of this great state.
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Nebraska Facts

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)

Capital: Lincoln
Name based on an Otoe Indian word meaning "flat water," referring to the Platte River

Click for detailed Nebraska Flag

State flag

Nickname: Cornhusker State


State flower:  Goldenrod


State tree:  Eastern Cottonwood

State bird: Western Meadowlark



  • Area: 77,358 sq.mi (200,356, 16th
  • Land: 76,878 sq.mi. (199,113, 15th
  • Water: 481 sq.mi. (1,246, 42nd

State seal:

Nebraska State Seal

State motto: Equality Before the Law


Population:  1,896,190  estimate 2015




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