A state known for its contrasting landscapes, Nebraska is midwestern in U.S. geography and offers a range of landscapes from the great plains to the towering dunes of the Sandhills and dramatic rock formations in the panhandle. Lincoln, the state’s capital, is a lively university town and boasts a striking state capitol. The Durham Museum in Omaha pays tribute to the state’s pioneering history and is well worth a visit.
Lincoln, the state capital and county seat of Lancaster County, has a population of 258,379 and is the 71st largest city in the country. Lincoln began as a small village in 1856 and was officially named state capital in 1867. It is home to the second tallest capitol building in the nation. State and national government are among the biggest employers in the city, as is the University of Nebraska. For many, the state’s capital is a magnet for a variety of industries, including agriculture.
Omaha, with its metropolitan area of more than six million residents, is the state’s largest city. The median home value is $147,100, but rents are much lower than the national average. Despite the high cost of living in the city, residents are happy with the quality of life they find here. Besides being very friendly, the median home value in Lincoln is also low compared to other cities in the state.