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State of Nebraska
Flag of Nebraska State seal of Nebraska
Flag of Nebraska Seal
Nickname(s): Cornhusker State
Motto(s): Equality before the law
Map of the United States with Nebraska highlighted
Official language English
Capital Lincoln
Largest city Omaha
Largest metro Omaha
Area Ranked 16th
 - Total 77,421 sq mi
(200,520 km2)
 - Width 210 miles (340 km)
 - Length 430 miles (690 km)
 - % water 0.7
 - Latitude 40°N to 43°N
 - Longitude 95°25'W to 104°W
Number of people Ranked 38th
 - Total 1,711,263
 - Density 22.3/sq mi  (8.6/km2)
Ranked 42nd
 - Average income $44,623 (20th)
Height above sea level
 - Highest point Panorama Point[1]
5,424 ft (1,653 m)
 - Average 2,592 ft  (790 m)
 - Lowest point Missouri River[1]
840 ft (256 m)
Became part of the U.S. March 1, 1867 (37th)
Governor Dave Heineman (R)
U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R)
Mike Johanns (R)
Time zones  
 - most of state Central: UTC-6/-5
 - panhandle Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Abbreviations NE, US-NE

Nebraska is a state in the center of the United States. Its capital is Lincoln. The largest city in Nebraska 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.


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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