Nebraska

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  • Capital: Lincoln

  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Nebr./NE

  • Governor: Pete Ricketts, R (to Jan. 2019)

  • Lieut. Governor: Mike Foley, R (to Jan. 2019)

  • Senators: Ben Sasse, R (to Jan. 2021); Debra Fischer, R (to Jan. 2019)

  • U.S. Representatives: 3

  • Historical biographies of Congressional members

  • Secy. of State: John Gale, R (to Jan. 2019)

  • Atty. General: Doug Peterson, R (to Jan. 2019)

  • Treasurer: Don Stenberg, R (to Jan. 2019)

  • Organized as territory: May 30, 1854

  • Entered Union (rank): March 1, 1867 (37)

  • Present constitution adopted: Oct. 12, 1875 (extensively amended 1919–20)

  • Motto: Equality before the law

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  • Nicknames: Cornhusker State (1945); Beef State

  • Origin of name: From an Oto Indian word meaning “flat water”

  • 10 largest cities (2012 est.): Omaha , 421,570; Lincoln , 265,404; Bellevue , 52,604; Grand Island , 49,989; Kearney , 31,790; Fremont, 26,167; Hastings, 25,058; North Platte , 24,592; Norfolk, 24,332; Columbus, 22,509

  • Land area: 76,872 sq mi. (199,098 sq km)

  • Geographic center: In Custer Co., 10 mi. NW of Broken Bow

  • Number of counties: 93

  • Largest county by population and area: Douglas, 517,110 (2010); Cherry, 5,961 sq mi.

  • State parks: 87

  • Residents: Nebraskan

  • 2014 resident population est.: 1,881,503

  • 2010 resident census population (rank): 1,826,341 (38). Male: 906,296 (49.6%); Female: 920,045 (50.4%). White: 1,572,838 (86.1%); Black: 82,885 (4.5%); American Indian: 18,427 (1.0%); Asian: 32,293 (1.8%); Other race: 79,109 (4.3%); Two or more races: 39,510 (2.2%); Hispanic/Latino: 167,405 (9.2%). 2010 percent population 18 and over: 74.9; 65 and over: 13.6; median age: 36.2.

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