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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

State flag

Nickname: Cornhusker State 

State flower:  Goldenrod

State tree:  Eastern Cottonwood

State bird: Western Meadowlark 

Area:

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

State seal:

State motto: Equality Before the Law

Population:  1,896,190  estimate 2015