State Abbreviation NE
State Capital Lincoln
State Size Total (Land + Water): 77,354 sq miles; Land Only: 76,872 sq miles
Number of Counties 93
Time Zone Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming
Highest Point Panorama Point, 5,427 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 1,896,190
State Population Density 24.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 308, 402
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Omaha (408,958)
Grand Island (48,520)
State Bird Western meadowlark
State Fish Channel catfish
State Flower Goldenrod
State Fossil Mammoth
State Gem Blue chalcedoney
State Grass Little bluestem
State Insect Honeybee
State Mammal Whitetail deer
State Motto Equality before the law
State Nickname Cornhusker State; Beef State
State Rock Prairie agate
State Tree Cottonwood
•Nebraska's name comes from the Otoe Indian words nebrathka, meaning "flat water¯." The words refer to the Platte River that flows through the state
•Nebraska is the only state in the United States with a unicameral legislature (meaning a single legislative chamber). All other states have bicameral legislature (house and senate).
•The Lied Jungle in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is the largest indoor rainforest in the United States.
•The National Museum of Roller Skating is located in Lincoln, Nebraska
•On Saturdays when the University of Nebraska football team plays at home, the stadium itself becomes the third-largest city in Nebraska. The stadium capacity is 87,000, and the third-largest city, Bellevue, had a population of 50,137 in 2010.
•The first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska.
•The Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest is the largest hand-planted forest in the world and covers more than 90,000 acres.
•In 1927, Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska invented the powdered soft drink Kool-Aid.
•In Nebraska in 1986 for the first time ever two women ran against each other for governorship of a state.
•Omaha has been the home of the College World Series since 1950
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