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State of Nebraska
Flag of NebraskaOfficial seal of Nebraska
Anthem: "Beautiful Nebraska"
File:"Beautiful Nebraska" - Regional anthem of Nebraska.ogg
Map of the United States with Nebraska highlighted
Map of the United States with Nebraska highlighted
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodNebraska Territory
Admitted to the UnionMarch 1, 1867 (37th)
Largest cityOmaha
Largest metroOmaha–Council Bluffs
 • GovernorPete Ricketts (R)
 • Lieutenant GovernorMike Foley (R)
LegislatureNebraska Legislature
U.S. senatorsDeb Fischer (R)
Ben Sasse (R)
U.S. House delegation1: Jeff Fortenberry (R)
2: Don Bacon (R)
3: Adrian Smith (R) (list)
 • Total77,358 sq mi (200,356 km2)
 • Land76,874 sq mi (199,099 km2)
 • Water481 sq mi (1,247 km2)  0.7%
Area rank16th
2,600 ft (790 m)
Highest elevation5,424 ft (1,654 m)
Lowest elevation840 ft (256 m)
 • Total1,961,504
 • Rank37th
 • Density24.94/sq mi (9.63/km2)
 • Density rank43rd
 • Median household income
 • Income rank
 • Official languageEnglish
Time zones
most of stateUTC−06:00 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
PanhandleUTC−07:00 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
USPS abbreviation
ISO 3166 codeUS-NE
Trad. abbreviationNeb., Nebr.
Latitude40° N to 43° N
Longitude95° 19′ W to 104° 03′ W
Nebraska State symbols
Flag of Nebraska.svg
The Flag of Nebraska.

Seal of Nebraska.svg
The Seal of Nebraska.

Animate insignia
Bird(s) Western meadowlark[4]
Fish Channel catfish
Flower(s) Tall Goldenrod[5]
Grass Little bluestem[6]
Insect Western honey bee[7]
Mammal(s) White-tailed deer[8]
Tree Eastern Cottonwood[9]

Inanimate insignia
Beverage Milk
Soft drink: Kool-aid
Dance Square dance
Fossil Mammoth[10]
Gemstone Blue agate[11]
Slogan(s) Welcome to NEBRASKAland where the West begins[12]

The Official Symbol and Slogan of Nebraska

Soil Holdrege series
Other River: Platte River

Route marker(s)
Nebraska Route Marker

State Quarter
Quarter of Nebraska
Released in 2006

Lists of United States state insignia

Nebraska is a state near to the center of the United States. Its capital is Lincoln and the largest city is Omaha. It touches the states of Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado and Kansas.

Nebraska is known for its agriculture, especially beef and corn.

Nebraska has hot summers and cold winters. A temperature of 30 °C (which is about 86 °F) is common in the summer, and in the winter it can be -20 °C (which is about -4 °F) or colder at night.


Native American tribes, including the Omaha, Oto, Missouri, Pawnee, Arapaho and Cheyenne, all ceded land in Nebraska to the U.S. government.

On May 30, 1854, the United States government made a law called the Kansas-Nebraska Act. It made two territories called Kansas Territory and Nebraska Territory. In the 1860s, many people moved there to take free land from the government. Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867.

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