Nebraska’s capital, Lincoln is known for its central location, cultural diversity, warm and inviting atmosphere and reasonable cost of living. It is one of the fastest growing metro cities in the Midwest. The city mixes the small town friendliness and appeal with the big city culture and lifestyle. Did you know that Lincoln wasn’t the original capital of Nebraska? Here’s something to gloat about…did you know that Lincoln is one of the best cities to live as well as to start a career? Read further to know some more interesting facts about Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Lincoln Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts
- Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska.
- It is the second most populous city in the state.
- It is the county seat of Lancaster County.
- It is in southeastern region of Nebraska.
- The ethnic composition of Lincoln, Nebraska comprises of White-86.0%, African American- 3.8%, Asian- 3.8%, Native American-0.8%, Pacific Islander- 0.1%, Other races- 2.5%, Hispanic or Latino-6.3%, and two or more races- 3.0%.
Lincoln History Fast Facts
- In 1856, Lincoln was established as the village of Lancaster. Later, Lancaster was renamed Lincoln and it became the capital of the State of Nebraska.
- The settlers were drawn to the area because of plenty of salt.
- Omaha and Lincoln were fighting for the capital position. Since 1854, Omaha was the capital of Nebraska territory.
Lincoln Government and Economy Fast Facts
- Lincoln has a mayor-council form of government.
- Services and manufacturing sector, and high tech industries play a major role in Lincoln’s economy.
- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Government, both contribute largely to the city’s economy.
- Other important industries in Lincoln are: Telecommunications, finance, railroads, insurance, pharmaceutical, medical, publishing and education.
- The unemployment rate as well as the cost of living in Lincoln is low.
- The city was at spot 4 on Forbes List of the “Best Places for Business and Careers” in 2013.
- In 2015, Lincoln ranked no. 1 on “NerdWallet’s” Best Cities for Job Seekers.
Lincoln Important and Interesting Fast Facts
- Lincoln is nicknamed as the “Star City”.
- According to Welcoming American, Lincoln is in one of the “Top 10 Most Welcoming Cities in America”.
- Lincoln’s major daily newspaper is the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Lincoln has the second tallest capitol building in the US.