Nebraska Historical Map: The Dust Bowl - 1935-1940

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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Nebraska

Nebraska gets its name from an Indian word meaning "flat water" after the Platte River that flows through the state. The Nebraska Territory was formed in 1854 at the same time as the Kansas Territory. Nebraska was admitted into the Union in 1867 as the 37th state. Its nickname "Beef State" refers to the cattle industry, which is one of Nebraska's main industries. Its other nickname, the "Cornhusker State," refers to the main grain used as cattle feed. Omaha has been a major meatpacking center since the 1880s. Although Omaha was the territorial capital, Lincoln, named in honor of the 16th president, is the state capital. The flower is the goldenrod.

   Miscellaneous    Nebraska

State Flower: Goldenrod

State Motto: Equality before the law

State Nickname: Cornhusker State; Beef State

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

   Geography    Nebraska

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 76,872

Length: 430 miles

Width: 210 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Omaha, 408,958
  2. Lincoln, 258,379
  3. Bellevue, 50,137
  4. Grand Island, 48,520
  5. Kearney, 30,787
  6. Fremont, 26,397
  7. Hastings, 24,907
  8. North Platte, 24,733
  9. Norfolk, 24,210
  10. Columbus, 22,111

Geographic Center: 10 miles northwest of Broken Bow

Geographic Center County: Custer

Highest Point: 5,424 ft. — Johnson Township

Lowest Point: 840 ft. — Missouri River

Number of counties: 92

State parks: 87 areas, historical and recreational

Persons per square mile, 2010: 23.8

   People    Nebraska

Population, 2010: 1,826,341
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 6.70%
Population, 2000: 1,711,265
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 7.50%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 25.10%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.40%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.40%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 86.10%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 4.50%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.00%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.80%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.20%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 9.20%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 82.10%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 82.20%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 5.60%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 9.20%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 89.70%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 27.10%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 149,955
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 17.7

Housing units, 2009: 791,863
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 67.90%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 19.90%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $119,700

Households, 2005-2009: 702,637
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.45
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $24,568
Median household income, 2009: $47,470
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 12.20%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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