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nebraskaAbout Nebraska - Nebraska is a Great Plains state of the USA.

Nebraska means flat water in Native American (Oto), after the Platte River (flat river) that flows through the state.
Nebraskans are sometimes named Cornhuskers (which is the states' nickname).
Nebraskas capital is Lincoln and the Largest city is Omaha

In response to westward migration and the call for a trans-continental railroad Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act on May 30, 1854 creating the Nebraska Territory. The ensuing controversy over the location of the Territorial Capital in Omaha was not resolved until after Statehood in 1867, when the Legislature voted to move the State Capital south of the Platte River to the western edge of settlement in the new state. The new Capital City was to be home to Nebraska's Capitol, the University, Penitentiary, and State Hospital. Following a scouting trip by the three member Capital Commission to select a new capital site, the village of Lancaster was chosen. The small community was renamed Lincoln and construction of the first State Capitol begun.

Living in Nebraska

People of Nebraska - Nebraska has an estimated population of 1,758,787, which is an increase of 11,083, or 0.6%, from the prior year and an increase of 47,522, or 2.8%, since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 52,104 people (that is 132,394 births minus 80,290 deaths) and a decrease due to net migration of 4,007 people out of the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 22,199 people, and migration within the country produced a net loss of 26,206 people. The population of Nebraska included about 84,000 foreign-born residents (4.8% of the population).

The five largest ancestry groups in Nebraska are German (38.6%), Irish (12.4%), English (9.6%), Swedish (4.9%), and Czech (4.9%). Nebraska has the largest Czech-American population (as a percentage of the total population) in the nation. German-Americans are the largest ancestry group in most of the state, particularly in the eastern counties. Thurston County (comprised entirely of the Omaha and Winnebago reservations) has an Indian majority, and Butler County is one of only two counties in the nation with a Czech-American plurality.

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