Nebraska Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Nebraska
  • U.S. State: Nebraska
  • Abbreviation: NE
  • Joined the USA: March 1st, 1867 (37th State)
  • Located: Midwestern United States
  • Capital City: Lincoln, NE
  • Most Populated City: Omaha, NE

36 Nebraska Facts for Kids

  1. Nebraska is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Nebraska became a U.S. State on Friday, March 1st, 1867.
  3. Nebraska was the 37th state to join the United States.
  4. The U.S. state of Nebraska covers 77,358 square miles.
  5. Nebraska is the 16th largest state by area in the United States.
  6. In 2019, the population of Nebraska was estimated to be 1,934,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  7. In 2019, Nebraska was the 37th most populated state in the United States.
  8. A person who is from or lives in Nebraska is called a Nebraskan.
  9. The capital city of Nebraska is Lincoln.
  10. The two most populated cities in Nebraska are Omaha and Lincoln.
  11. The largest city by population in Nebraska is Omaha.
  12. The largest metropolitan area in Nebraska is the Omaha-Council Bluffs.
  13. The U.S. state of Nebraska has 93 counties.
  14. The most populated county in Nebraska is Douglas County with 571,327 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  15. The largest county by area in Nebraska is Cherry County with 5,961 square miles.
  16. The highest elevation point in Nebraska is Constable Mountain at 5,424 feet above sea level.
  17. The lowest elevation point in Nebraska is the Missouri River at 840 feet above sea level.
  18. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Nebraska is 26.6 inches.
  19. Nebraska is the 39th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  20. The average temperature in Nebraska is 49.88 °F.
  21. Nebraska is the 30th warmest state in the United States.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Nebraska was 118 °F on July 24th, 1936.
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Nebraska was -47 °F on December 22nd, 1989.
  24. A few natural disasters that can affect Nebraska are blizzards, hail, ice storms, river flooding, thunderstorms and tornadoes.
  25. Nebraska is in two time zones, Mountain Time Zone (MT) and Central Time Zone (CT).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Nebraska is NE.
  27. The motto of the U.S. state of Nebraska is “Equality before the law”.
  28. Nebraska is also known as the Cornhusker State.
  29. The anthem of the U.S. state of Nebraska is Beautiful Nebraska.
  30. The official state grass of Nebraska is the little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium).
  31. The official state flower of Nebraska is the goldenrod (Solidago).
  32. The official state tree of Nebraska is the cottonwood (Populus).
  33. The official state insect of Nebraska is the honeybee (Apis).
  34. The official state fish of Nebraska is the channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus).
  35. The official state bird of Nebraska is the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta).
  36. The official state animal of Nebraska is the whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

Additional Resources on Nebraska

  • About Nebraska – Discover more about the U.S. state of Nebraska on the Awesome America website.
  • History of Nebraska – Learn about the history of Nebraska on the Ducksters website.
  • Facts About Nebraska – Find more facts about Nebraska on the Mental Floss website.
  • Nebraska – Britannica – Read this detailed article about the U.S. state of Nebraska on the Britannica website.