- State Alias
- Social Demographics
- Metropolitan Areas
- Popular Sports Teams
- Security Companies
- Crime Statistics
- Police Department
- List of Counties
Nebraska was the 37th state to enter the Union and was accepted as a state in 1867. This occurred just 2 years after the end of the Civil War. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the bill to make Nebraska a state, but the veto was overridden by a super majority in congress. Initially the Nebraska territory became part of US territory through the Louisiana Purchase. It was named the Kansas-Nebraska Territory in 1854. Development and settlement of the state began in earnest with the Homestead Act of 1862. The state was explored by Lewis and Clark and part of the Oregon Trail in 1812-1813.
The capital of Nebraska was initially in Omaha, which is still its largest city. When it became a state the capital was moved to a town called Lancaster. It was renamed to Lincoln after President Abraham Lincoln and remains the capital today.
The state is mainly a rural state and is filled with rich farmland and ranchland. Nebraska is bordered by South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri.
A few interesting facts about Nebraska include that that Kool-Aid was invented in Nebraska by Edwin Perkins. It is still the state’s official soft drink.
Arbor Day was first started in Nebraska in 1872. It was established to promote tree planting. On the first Arbor Day it was estimated that one million trees were planted in the state. It is celebrated on April 10, 1872. 45 states had joined in celebrating the holiday by 1920.
Nebraska’s nonpartisan legislature is the only one of its kind in the US. Senator George Norris wanted to run an efficient and cost effective government and determined that the bi-partisan bickering reduced that efficiency and costs taxpayers more money. Since 1937 the state has had a single house legislature.
Nebraska State Alias:
The Nebraska State nickname is the Cornhusker State. Nebraska is sometimes considered part of the Great American Desert. There were very few trees in Nebraska and so when the Homestead Act became law, settlers moved to the area to claim their free land. They had to build their homes from sod because there were such limited availability of trees in this grassland. Today they are the leaders in agriculture and often referred to as the “Breadbasket of America.”
In 2013 the Census Bureau estimated that the population in the state of Nebraska was 1,868,516. The state is mostly rural with a few major cities providing much of the commerce for the state. With the land mass of Nebraska being 76,824.17 square miles, this only translates to roughly 23.8 people per square mile in 2010, according to the census. The US population dilution is closer to averaging 87 people per square mile.
Nebraska is known for its farming. They are the leading producer of corn in the nation. The state also produces high levels of sorghum and wheat. Grass is also widely grown to provide feed for its large industry in cattle and hogs. From the ranching industry the state operates meat packing centers that lead the nation in volume.
Other industries that have seen growth in recent years include the auto industry with focus on auto accessories and machine equipment. Electronics manufacturing, pharmaceuticals industry and the production of mobile homes produces thousands of jobs in the state. Oil and natural gas are industries that are seeing a surge of jobs and are early on in their levels of production.
Nebraska Social Demographics:
According to the 210 census records, Nebraska ranks 38th among the states in overall population. 49.6% of the population of Nebraska is male and 50.4 are female. 86.1% of the population is white with American Indian only 1% of the overall population. 74.9% of the population is over the age of 18 with 13.6% over the age of 65. The median age for the state is 36.2%.
Nebraska Metropolitan Areas:
The two major cities in Nebraska are Omaha and Lincoln. Omaha is the largest city and sits along the Missouri River near the Missouri and Nebraska border. Lincoln is just west along route 80, the major highway running through the state. Omaha had approximately 408,958 residents in 2010 when the last census was taken. Lincoln has 258,379.
Nebraska Popular Sports Teams:
Nebraska is known for its college sports rather than professional sports. The Nebraska Cornhuskers, associated with the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and the Mavericks are associated with the University of Nebraska in Omaha. The Creighton Blue jays are part of the Big East Conference and are part of Creighton University. Each of these teams have NCAA division I teams in each major sport.
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Nebraska Crime Statistics:
From 2011 to 2012 there was a 1% increase in overall crime. This was a total of 53,911 total reported crimes in the state of Nebraska for the year ending December 31, 2012. There was an increase of 594 crimes and include 8 major crimes from murder and robbery to arson and auto theft. Violent crimes which include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault increased by 4%. Omaha saw an increase in crime of 3% where Lincoln saw a 1% increase.
Crime Breakdown for Nebraska
- 2.59 Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents
- 27.55 Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents
- Your Chances of being a Victim of Violent Crime in NE is 1 in 385
- Your Chances of being a Victim of Property Crime in NE is 1 in 36
- There are 21 crimes per square mile in NE
- Your Chances of being a Victim of Burglary in NE is 1 in 212
- The NE Burglary Rate is Below the National Average
Nebraska Police Department:
The police are divided into local and state units that provide protection to the citizens of Nebraska. As can be expected the larger cities in Nebraska see most of the crime and therefore hire the largest police forces. Omaha had the second highest crime rate in the state, with Lincoln coming in at number 7.
- Nebraska State Police Website: https://statepatrol.nebraska.gov/
- Nebraska Amber Alert: https://statepatrol.nebraska.gov/amberalert/
- Nebraska Health & Safety: http://www.safenebraska.org/
Nebraska List of Counties:
7. Box Butte
52. Keya Paha
80. Scotts Bluff