”’Nebraska”’ is a state in the group of West North Central States. The state is located on the Great Plains west of the Missouri River. The state borders South Dakota in the north, Colorado, and Wyoming in the west, Kansas in the south, and Iowa and Missouri in the east.

The indigenous people of the state called the river, flowing through the territory of the state, Ni Brasge or Ni Bthaska which means “smooth water.” The first European researchers used this name for their explored lands.

The capital of the state is Lincoln.

Nebraska’s nicknames

Cornhusker State


Nebraska area

Total 77,358 sq mi (200,356 km2)
Width 210 miles (340 km)
Length 430 miles (690 km)


Pawnee, Arapaho, Omaha, Sioux, and Cheyenne Indian tribes lived there.  The Spaniard Pedro de Villasur was the first who get there in 1720, but he and his men were killed in a battle at the confluence of the Loop and Platt rivers. In 1793, the territory of Nebraska became part of New Spain and then passed to the French. In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana territories, which included an area of Nebraska. A few years later, flows of immigrants stretched through it, calling these lands the Great American Desert. In 1847, Mormons expelled from Illinois passed through Nebraska.

In 1854, Nebraska was recognized as an independent territory. In the same year, the Omaha city was founded, which became the capital of Nebraska. The Kansas-Nebraska law provided the newly formed regions with the right to independently decide whether to allow slavery or not. It also served as the reason for the USA Civil War, since it upset the balance between the Northern and Southern states. At the time of the war, Nebraska was not yet a state, and there were no battles on the territory. In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th USA state.

When in 1869 the first transcontinental railroad passed through Nebraska, the whole life of the state changed, active development of the territories began. The farms began to develop, and the state turned from “Great American Desert” into flourishing fertile land. Nebraska became a state of advanced agriculture.


Around 1,850,000 people live in the state of Nebraska. The average population density in the state is about 24.6/sq mi  (9.5/km2).

The largest cities of Nebraska are Omaha (about 410,000 inhabitants), the capital of Lincoln (more than 260,000 inhabitants), Bellevue (more than 50,000 inhabitants), Grand Island (about 50,000 inhabitants) and Karni (more than 30,000 inhabitants).

TOP 5 Universities

Best Universities in Nebraska

* University of Nebraska-Lincoln
* Creighton University
* University of Nebraska at Omaha
* University of Nebraska Medical Center
* University of Nebraska at Kearney


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