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Nebraska

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Location of Nebraska State


Capital: Lincoln

Population: 1,855,525 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney, Fremont

Borders: Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $99,557 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, and pigs
Food processing, meatpacking, freight transportation, insurance, and machinery

How Nebraska got its name: Nebraska comes from the name the Oto Indians gave to the Platte River. It means flat water.

Atlas of Nebraska State
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Nebraska State Symbols

State Nickname: Cornhusker State

State Slogan: (formerly) The Good Life; Possibilities...Endless

State Motto: Equality before the law

State flower: Goldenrod

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State fish: Channel catfish

State tree: Eastern Cottonwood

State mammal: White-tailed deer

State foods: NA

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Friday, March 1, 1867

Number admitted: 37

Prior Name: Nebraska Territory

Postal Abbreviation: NE

Nebraska State Map


The Geography of Nebraska

Total Size: 76,872 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Missouri River at 840 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Richardson (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Panorama Point at 5,424 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Kimball (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Custer County approx. 10 miles northwest of Broken Bow (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 93 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Platte River, Missouri River, Niobrara River, Republican River, Lake McConaughy, Harlan County Lake

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Professional Sports Teams

Nebraska does not have any major professional sports teams.

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