Lincoln, Nebraska

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  • Nebraska became a state March 1, 1867, the 37th state admitted to the Union.
  • Lincoln became state capital 1867
  • Settled: 1856
  • Name Origin: Named for Abraham Lincoln

After statehood, Lincoln feuded with Omaha for the honor of being state capital. When Lincoln won, documents and office furniture were moved in covered wagons in the dark of night to escape an armed band of Omaha boosters. At that time, only 30 people lived in Lincoln.

Today Lincoln is a major grain market. Its capitol, completed in 1932, has a bronze statue of the Sower atop its 400-foot central tower dome. Inside are reliefs and friezes depicting the history of law, justice and great philosophers. Nebraska’s unicameral form of government, the only one in the US, is of great interest to students of political science.

The University of Nebraska is here, with statewide extension centers; also the National Museum of Roller Skating, with skates and costumes from 1700 to the present. In August the National Czech Festival offers Czechoslovakian foods, parades and polkas.

Key Words: grain, tower, unicameral, Czech, skating, university

Things To Love About Lincoln

The passion for parks, spread wide across the town; the high motivation of city planners with the Live Lincoln campaign, giving everyone the chance to speak out and participate; the urban forest and banners marking neighborhoods; the University atmosphere, Go Big Red.

Blogs To Read About Lincoln

In The Neighborhoods

Two For One, Special

Life Is Right

Looking Up

Go Big Red

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 258,379, 14th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 2,899 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 89.11 square miles
  • Elevation: 1,176 feet, 11th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 33/14, July 87/66. Annual rainfall: 31 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Salt Creek, a tributary of the Platte River
  • Mountains near: High Plains. Panorama Point, a rise on the High Plains on the west central border of the state, is the highest point in Nebraska at 5,429 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Topeka, KS 167; Des Moines, IA 190; Jefferson City, MO 354
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 1,209

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 258,379           Population
  • 22.7%              Under 18
  • 10.7%              Over 65
  • 3.8%                Asian
  • 3.8%                Black
  • 6.3%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.8%               Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 83.1%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 11.4%               English Not Spoken at Home
  • 93.1%              High School Graduate
  • 36.0%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 15.5%               Below Poverty Level
  • $25,765           Per Capita Income
  • $49,114           Median Household Income
  • $141,200         Median Value of Home
  • 59.2%              Home Ownership