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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)
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.
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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
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
- Fred Astaire - Dancer and actor
- Marlon Brando - Actor
- Warren Buffett - Famous investor and entrepreneur
- Dick Cheney - Vice President of the United States
- Red Cloud - War leader of the Sioux Nation
- Gerald Ford - The 38th President of the United States
- Larry the Cable Guy - Comedian
- Andy Roddick - Professional tennis player
- Nicholas Sparks - Author (The Notebook, Safe Haven)
- Hilary Swank - Actress
- Malcolm X - Civil rights activist
- Kool-Aid was invented by Edward Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska.
- Nebraska is said to have more miles of river than any other state.
- Boys Town is located in Omaha, Nebraska.
- The State Song of Nebraska is 'Beautiful Nebraska'.
- It is sometimes called the Tree Planter's State. This is because Arbor Day, a day when trees are planted throughout the country, started here in 1872.
- Spam, the food, is produced in Freemont, Nebraska.
- It is the only state that has a single house legislature.
- The world's largest wholly mammoth fossil was found in Lincoln County.
- The name Nebraska comes from an American Indian name meaning 'flat water'.
- President Gerald Ford was born in Omaha. Other famous people from Nebraska include Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Andy Roddick, and Warren Buffett.
Professional Sports Teams
Nebraska does not have any major professional sports teams.
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