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Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln. Its largest city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River.

The state is crossed by many historic trails, and was explored by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The California Gold Rush brought the first large numbers of non-indigenous settlers to the area. Nebraska was admitted as the 37th state of the United States in 1867.

The climate has wide variations between winter and summer temperatures, and violent thunderstorms and tornadoes are common. The state is characterized by treeless prairie, which is ideal for cattle-grazing. It is a major producer of beef, as well as pork, corn, and soybeans.

The largest ancestry group claimed by Nebraskans is German American. The state also has the largest per capita population of Czech Americans among U.S. states.


Scotts Bluff National Monument 

Downtown Omaha

A map of Nebraska's population density


Population Statistics

Census Counts (April 1)
20101,826,341380.59 %308,745,538
20001,711,263380.61 %281,421,906
19901,578,417360.63 %248,790,925
19801,569,825350.69 %226,545,805
2000 to 2010 % change6.7 %309.7 %
1990 to 2010 % change15.7 %3324.1 %
1980 to 2010 % change16.3 %3836.3 %

Components of Population Change in 2014NumberRankPercent of U.S.U.S.
Net Domestic Migration-2,55125
Net International Migration3,805360.38 %995,944
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)11,303320.83 %1,363,581
Births25,961370.66 %3,957,577
Deaths14,658380.57 %2,593,996

Economy Statistics

Real Gross Domestic Product by State over Time (millions of chained 2009 dollars)Adj. Amount
RankChange Index
(YR 2009=100)
Change 2010 to 20148,8702710.175

Per Capita Personal IncomeNumberRankPercent of U.S.
Per Capita Income - 2014$47,07320102.0 %
Per Capita Income - 2004 (adj. for inflation)$42,2202398.2 %
Per Capita Income - 1994 (adj. for inflation)$33,5842794.3 %
Per Capita Income - 1984 (adj. for inflation)$29,7122794.4 %
10-Year % Change11.5 %16
20-Year % Change40.2 %12
30-Year % Change58.4 %11