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Scotts Bluff National Monument in Scotts Bluff County in Nebraska
Scotts Bluff National Monument in Scotts Bluff County in Nebraska's panhandle. The monument was an important landmark on the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail.
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About Nebraska

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Where in the United States is Nebraska? Location map of Nebraska in the US.
Nebraska is a landlocked state west of the Mississippi River in the central US. It is one of the states in the Great Plains region, the broad territory of more or less flat land expanding north to south in the middle of the United States.

Nebraska is bordered by South Dakota to the north, Kansas to the south, Colorado to the southwest, and Wyoming to the west, the Missouri River forms the border with Iowa and Missouri in east.

Nebraska Topographic Regions Map Topographic Regions Map of Nebraska. (Click the map to enlarge)

Indigenous people of the Great Plains have occupied the area for thousands of years.

In 1682, René-Robert Cavelier (aka Sieur de La Salle), a French Jesuit and 'explorer', claimed a vast area, including that of what is today Nebraska, for the French Crown.

The claim included all the territory drained by the Mississippi River and its tributaries, he named it Louisiana, later known as Louisiana Territory.

Nebraska was acquired in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. A plot of land of 2.14 million km² (828,000 sq mi) changed ownership for $15 million, equivalent to $300 million today.

64 years later Nebraska became the 37th state of the US in 1867. The state's nickname is the Cornhusker State. Corn is a major cash crop that is farmed in Nebraska.

Rolled bales of hay west of Brownlee in the Sandhills of Nebraska
Rolled bales of hay west of Brownlee in the Sandhills of Nebraska.
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The state occupies an area of 200,330 km² [1], it's about two third the size of Italy. Compared with other US states, Nebraska would fit into Texas 3.5 times.

Nebraska's landscape is mostly flat with gently rolling hills in the east, known as the Pine Ridge escarpment, the Sand Hills, a region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes, and the semi arid High Plains, part of the Great Plains biome. On the High Plains is also Nebraska's highest point, the Panorama Point at 1654 m (5,424 ft), situated in the south western corner of the panhandle, in southwestern Kimball County in the middle of a vast plain landscape, the location is only visible by a stone marker.

Several rivers cross the state from west to east. Main rivers are the Niobrara River, the Loup River, the Platte River, and the Republican River.

Bison at Fort Robinson Lodge, Crawford, Nebraska
Bison at Fort Robinson Lodge, Crawford, Nebraska.
Image: Thomas Fields

Nebraska has a population of 1.9 million people (est. 2018) [2]. Capital city is Lincoln, largest city is Omaha, largest metropolitan area is Omaha–Council Bluffs (pop. 924,000).
Largest airport is Omaha's Eppley Airfield (IATA code: OMA).

Cities and Towns in Nebraska

The map shows the location of following cities and towns in Nebraska:

Largest cities in Nebraska with a population of more than 50,000:
Omaha (434,000), Lincoln (capital city, 269,000), Bellevue (54,000), Grand Island (50,000)
Population figures in 2014

Other cities and towns in Nebraska:
View of Omaha skyline from Gene Leahy Mall, Nebraska
Omaha skyline from Gene Leahy Mall. Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. The downtown area of the city is dominated by the First National Bank Tower (right), Woodmen Tower in background center.
Image: Ali Eminov

Ainsworth, Alliance, Alma, Ansley, Auburn, Beatrice, Benkelman, Blair, Bridgeport, Broken Bow, Burwell, Chadron, Columbus, Crawford, Dunning, Fairbury, Falls City, Fremont, Gordon, Hartington, Hastings, Holdrege, Hyannis, Imperial, Kearney, Kimball, Lexington, McCook, Minden, Nebraska City, Neligh, Norfolk, North Platte, O'Neill, Ogallala, Rushville, Scottsbluff, Sidney, South Sioux City, Superior, Thedford, Valentine, Wahoo, Wayne, West Point, and York.

The detailed map is showing the US state of Nebraska with boundaries, the location of the state capital Lincoln, major cities and populated places, rivers, streams and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, and railroads.

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Reference Map of Nebraska
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