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Capital City: Lincoln
Economy: Agriculture, industry, financial services.
Language Description: English
Passport/Visa U.S.: Canadians need to show proof of citizenship (including a photo ID) to enter the U.S. and to re-enter Canada. A passport is recommended. Reconfirm travel document requirements with your carrier before departing.
Population: 1,711,263
Religion: Christian (Protestant, Catholic)
Time Zone: 6-7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 and -7 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed April-October
Governor: Mike Johanns, R (to Jan. 2007)
Lieut. Governor: David Heineman, R (to Jan. 2007)
Senators: Charles Hagel, R (to Jan. 2009); Ben Nelson, D (to Jan. 2007)
Secy. of State: John Gale, R (to Jan. 2007)
Atty. General: Jon Bruning, R (to Jan. 2007)
Treasurer: Lorelee Byrd, R (to Jan. 2007)
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
State Symbols:
flower goldenrod (1895)
fish channel catfish (1997)
ballad “A Place Like Nebraska” (1997)
tree cottonwood (1972)
bird Western meadowlark (1929)
insect honeybee (1975)
gemstone blue agate (1967)
rock prairie agate (1967)
fossil mammoth (1967)
song “Beautiful Nebraska” (1967)
soil typic argiustolls, holdreges series (1979)
mammal whitetail deer (1981)
grass little bluestem (1969)
beverage milk (1998)
Nicknames: Cornhusker State (1945); Beef State
Origin of name: From an Oto Indian word meaning “flat water”
10 largest cities (2000): Omaha, 390,007; Lincoln, 225,581; Bellevue, 44,382; Grand Island, 42,940; Kearney, 27,431; Fremont, 25,174; Hastings, 24,064; North Platte, 23,878; Norfolk, 23,516; Columbus, 20,971
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, 465,683 (2001); Cherry, 5,961 sq mi.
State parks: 85 areas, historical and recreational; 8 major areas
Residents: Nebraskan
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