Nebraska is an economically strong state with a low unemployment rate and an important producer of agricultural products.

The US state of Nebraska is strongly influenced by agriculture, the capital of Nebraska is Lincoln.

Name, geographic location, and population of Nebraska

The name of the state is of Native American origin and means “shallow water,” referring to the Platte River flowing through the state. The neighboring states are South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming, east of the Missouri River are Iowa and Missouri. According to Allcitypopulation.com, the largest city is Omaha. Around 1.9 million people live in an area of 200,520 square kilometers, around 88 percent of them white. Among the remaining residents, the Hispanics form the largest group with around eleven percent (as of 2019). The largest, rural part of Nebraska is deeply conservative-religious and traditionally elects Republican, only in the larger cities the Democrats were able to record some temporary successes.

Brief history of Nebraska

Before the French and Spanish came to the area where Nebraska is located in the late 17th century, various Native American tribes lived here. The first contacts were mutually beneficial through trade relations. In May 1854, the country was divided into the Kansas and Nebraska Territories and became part of the United States. In the 1860s the first settlers came to live on the land promised by the government. In March 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state to join the union. In the years that followed, Nebraska attracted more and more people, including many African Americans. They found work in railway construction or in butcher shops and were often exposed to discrimination.

Nebraska these days

Nebraska is a wealthy state, in a comparison of real GDP per capita of all US states, Nebraska is 14th out of 50 (as of 2016). Agriculture plays an important role and the formerly endless, deserted prairies have been transformed by the residents into a land full of farms and ranches. Important products are wheat, soybeans, maize and millet, and livestock is also relevant. Nebraska’s unemployment rate is well below the national average, in November 2017 it was only 2.7 percent (national average 4.1 percent).

Largest Counties in Nebraska by Area

According to Countryaah, the biggest counties in Nebraska are listed as below:

Ranking County Area
1 Cherry County 15,439 km2
2 Custer County 6,672 km2
3 Lincoln County 6,641 km2
4 Sheridan County 6,322 km2
5 Holt County 6,250 km2
6 Garden County 4,416 km2
7 Morrill County 3,688 km2
8 Dawes County 3,616 km2
9 Sioux County 3,401 km2
10 Brown County 3,162 km2
11 Cheyenne County 3,098 km2
12 Knox County 2,870 km2
13 Box Butte County 2,784 km2
14 Keith County 2,748 km2
15 Dawson County 2,624 km2
16 Rock County 2,611 km2
17 Frontier County 2,525 km2
18 Buffalo County 2,507 km2
19 Kimball County 2,466 km2
20 Dundy County 2,383 km2
21 Chase County 2,315 km2
22 Perkins County 2,287 km2
23 McPherson County 2,225 km2
24 Antelope County 2,220 km2
25 Gage County 2,214 km2
26 Lancaster County 2,173 km2
27 Grant County 2,010 km2
28 Keya Paha County 2,002 km2
29 Saunders County 1,953 km2
30 Banner County 1,932 km2
31 Cedar County 1,917 km2
32 Scotts Bluff County 1,914 km2
33 Hooker County 1,867 km2
34 Furnas County 1,860 km2
35 Red Willow County 1,857 km2
36 Arthur County 1,852 km2
37 Hayes County 1,847 km2
38 Thomas County 1,847 km2
39 Blaine County 1,841 km2
40 Hitchcock County 1,839 km2
41 Boone County 1,779 km2
42 Platte County 1,756 km2
43 Otoe County 1,595 km2
44 Butler County 1,513 km2
45 Fillmore County 1,492 km2
46 Franklin County 1,492 km2
47 York County 1,492 km2
48 Nuckolls County 1,489 km2
49 Saline County 1,489 km2
50 Seward County 1,489 km2
51 Thayer County 1,489 km2
52 Webster County 1,489 km2
53 Wheeler County 1,489 km2
54 Pierce County 1,487 km2
55 Clay County 1,484 km2
56 Jefferson County 1,484 km2
57 Madison County 1,484 km2
58 Cuming County 1,481 km2
59 Logan County 1,479 km2
60 Garfield County 1,476 km2
61 Greeley County 1,476 km2
62 Howard County 1,476 km2
63 Loup County 1,476 km2
64 Valley County 1,471 km2
65 Sherman County 1,466 km2
66 Adams County 1,458 km2
67 Cass County 1,448 km2
68 Richardson County 1,435 km2
69 Harlan County 1,432 km2
70 Hall County 1,414 km2
71 Hamilton County 1,409 km2
72 Phelps County 1,399 km2
73 Boyd County 1,399 km2
74 Dodge County 1,383 km2
75 Kearney County 1,336 km2
76 Burt County 1,277 km2
77 Merrick County 1,256 km2
78 Dixon County 1,233 km2
79 Gosper County 1,186 km2
80 Wayne County 1,150 km2
81 Nance County 1,142 km2
82 Deuel County 1,140 km2
83 Polk County 1,137 km2
84 Pawnee County 1,119 km2
85 Stanton County 1,114 km2
86 Colfax County 1,070 km2
87 Nemaha County 1,059 km2
88 Thurston County 1,020 km2
89 Washington County 1,010 km2
90 Johnson County 974 km2
91 Douglas County 857 km2
92 Dakota County 684 km2
93 Sarpy County 624 km2