Nebraska Education and State Information

In recent decades, Nebraska's population has shifted from rural to urban areas, although agribusiness is still an important sector of the state's economy. Nebraska has nearly three dozen nonprofit colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Creighton University.

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Information about Nebraska

Nebraska had a population of nearly 1.9 million people in 2015, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The majority of residents live in the urban areas of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue and Grand Island.

Football is a big part of life in Nebraska, with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's Cornhuskers holding the record for the longest collegiate football sell-out streak. Other attractions include the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln and the Orpheum Theater and Durham Museum in Omaha. Spread throughout the state are the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland, the Hastings Museum in Hastings, Harold Warp's Pioneer Village in Minden, Carhenge in Alliance and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney.

Nebraska Educational Opportunities

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is the largest school in Nebraska, with a student population of more than 25,000 as of Fall 2014. It's also the state's most highly rated postsecondary school, ranking 47th in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 report on the nation's top public schools. The university also was recognized for its graduate program in biological and agricultural engineering, which U.S. News ranked eighth best in the country. The University of Nebraska system also has campuses in Omaha and Kearney, in addition to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Omaha also is home to Creighton University, U.S. News & World Report's top regional university in the Midwest for 2016. This private school was ranked the Midwest's second-best value school, and its occupational and physical therapy graduate programs were rated among the top 25 nationally. Other 4-year private schools in Nebraska include Bellevue University in Bellevue and Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.

Metropolitan Community College in Omaha is the state's largest 2-year school, with slightly more than 14,600 students as of Fall 2014. Other large public community colleges in Nebraska include Southeast Community College in Lincoln and Central Community College in Grand Island.

Nebraska Economy

Agriculture has been a mainstay in Nebraska's economy since the 1850s, with beef, corn, pork, sorghum and soybeans among the state's major commodities. Freight transport is also a prominent industry, along with information technology, insurance, manufacturing and telecommunications.

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