Nebraska Facts

Nebraska Facts

Capital
Lincoln

Became a State
March 1, 1867 (37th)

Location
Great Plains

Area
77,354 sq. miles (16th)

Population
1,826,341 (39th)

Major Cities
Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney

Products
corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum, grain processing

Climate
eastern two-thirds of state has hot summer continental climate, western third has semi-arid steppe climate – thunderstorms in spring and summer months – Chinook winds provide temporary moderating effect on temperatures during the winter months.

Yearly Precipitation
averages 34 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Platt River, Nebraska, River, Niobrara River, Republican River

Most Famous Citizens
Gerald Ford (U.S. President)
Fred Astaire (actor)
Max Baer (boxer)
Warren Buffet (investor)
Marlon Brando (actor)
Malcolm X (religious leader)

State Symbols
Bird – Western Meadowlark
Flower – Goldenrod
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Tree – Eastern Cottonwood
Insect – Honeybee