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Nebraska State Facts

Nebraska is a midwestern state known for its farming, agricultural production, and natural attractions.

These include plains, sand dunes, towering rock formations, and more.

It’s the 16th largest state in the nation and has the 37th largest population.

Related: Nebraska State History


Quick Facts

Capital: Lincoln

Population: 2 million

Nickname: Cornhusker State


Key Cities: Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island

Postal Abbreviation: NE

Major Industries: Military, financial services, transportation, agriculture


How did Nebraska get its name: The name “Nebraska” comes from the Oto Indian word “nebrathka,” meaning “flat water.” This name originally referred to Nebraska’s Platte River.

Date admitted to the Union: Friday, March 1, 1867

platte river


Size: 77,358 sq. miles

Lowest point: Missouri River at 840 ft.

Highest point: Johnson Township, Kimball County at 5,424 ft.

Counties: 93

Famous locations: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Indian Cave State Park, Durham Museum, Sandhills


Famous Nebraskans

Warren Buffett- business magnate/billionaire

Gabrielle Union- actress

Hilary Swank- actress

Gerald Ford official Presidential photo
Gerald Ford

Marlon Brando- actor

Gerald Ford– president

Fred Astaire- singer/dancer/actor

Fun Facts About Nebraska

The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, the Lied Jungle. It covers 1.5 acres and eight stories.

You can find Malayan tapirs, capuchin monkeys, pygmy hippos, and many more exotic animals.


Kool-Aid was invented in Nebraska by a man named Edwin Perkins, who ran a mail-order business.

It was originally sold in glass bottles that often broke, so Perkins invented a powder instead, and Kool-Aid was born.

It’s also Nebraska’s official drink!

The 911 system of emergency communication that is now used across the United States was first developed and used in Lincoln, Nebraska.

SOS call

Farms and ranches take up 92 percent of Nebraska’s total land area, and the state is one of the top five in the nation in agricultural output.

Its top five products are cattle and calves, corn, soybeans, hogs, and wheat.


Part of the historic Oregon Trail runs through Nebraska.

Visitors can hike about half a mile on the actual trail and visit Chimney Rock, the most often mentioned landmark in journal entries by pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail.

The largest porch swing in the world is located in Hebron, Nebraska. It can fit 25 adults!

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