Nebraska State Facts and Symbols

Nebraska became the 37th state in 1867 and is the 37th largest state by population with about 1.9 million residents. It is also the 15th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 77,354 square miles. Nebraska is home to Omaha, which is the largest city in the state with a population of approximately 430,000, and the state's capital city, Lincoln, with about 250,000 people.

The name Nebraska came from the Oto word "Nebrathka" meaning "flat water."

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Nebraska State Quarter.



Nebraska State Flag

Nebraska State Flag


Nebraska State Facts

Nebraska State Capital - Lincoln

State Nickname - The Cornhusker State and the Tree Planters' State

State Motto - "Equality Before the Law"

State Flower - Goldenrod

State Tree - Cottonwood

State Bird - Western Meadowlark

State Fish - Channel Catfish

State Insect - Honeybee

State Mammal - White-tailed Deer

State Gemstone - Blue Chalcedony (Blue Agate)

State Fossil - Mammoth

State Soil - Holdrege Series

State Grass - Little Bluestem

State Rock or Stone - Prairie Agate

State American Folk Dance - Square Dance

State Beverage - Milk

State Soft Drink - Kool-Aid



Nebraska State Map:

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Nebraska State Map


Nebraska State Song:

Beautiful Nebraska
Words by Jim Fras and Guy G. Miller
Music by Jim Fras

Beautiful Nebraska, peaceful prairie land,
Laced with many rivers and the hills of sand;
Dark green valleys cradled in the earth,
Rain and sunshine bring abundant birth.

Beautiful Nebraska, as you look around,
You will find a rainbow reaching to the ground;
All these wonders by the Master's hand,
Beautiful Nebraska land.


Nebraska State Ballad:

A Place Like Nebraska
Words and music composed by Sol Kutler

A Place Like Nebraska
When I dream of my home
And the good folks I’ve known
I’m glad I’ve grown up
In Nebraska
‘Cause the good life is there
With sun and fresh air
And neighbors who care
In Nebraska
Wherever you go, they all want to know
And someday someone will ask ya
So turn on your smile
Tell them life is worthwhile
When you’re bred and corn-fed in Nebraska
With cool winding streams
And good football teams
And jobs that are there for the asking

With daughters and sons
Some real famous ones
All proud to be called a Nebraskan
‘Cause wherever you go, they all want to know
And someday someone will ask ya
So turn on your smile
Tell them life is worthwhile
When you come from a place like Nebraska
A soft falling snow
A warm fire’s glow
And a lifetime of memories to last ya
Of a cool summer’s breeze
And bright autumn leaves
Each season a joy in Nebraska
So wherever you go, you just let them know
‘Cause someday someone will ask ya
So turn on your smile
Tell them life is worthwhile
When you come from a place called Nebraska




Nebraska State Quarter

Nebraska State Quarter - FrontNebraska State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)





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