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Where is Lincoln, NE?

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Lincoln is a city found in Nebraska, The United States Of America. It is located 40.80 latitude and -96.67 longitude and it is situated at elevation 366 meters above sea level.

Lincoln has a population of 258,379 making it the 2nd biggest city in Nebraska. It operates on the CDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Omaha.

Quick facts

Country The United States Of America
State Nebraska
Population 258,379
Elevation 366 m over sea level
Time Zone CDT
Longitude -96.666960
Latitude 40.800000
Airport Lincoln Municipal Airport


Originally known as Lancaster, the city was renamed Lincoln shortly after the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated. Lincoln has been Nebraska's capitol ever since the state joined the Union in 1867.

The 'Star City' is known for its expansive parks. With over one hundred individual parks scattered throughout the city, Lincoln is one of the greenest cities in the United States.

Lincoln is in the southeast corner of the state, about 50 miles to the southwest of Omaha. Prominent industries include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, rail and truck transportation, medical delivery, insurance and banking.

Lincoln's downtown is alive with a rich arts and entertainment culture, including the historic State Capital Building and excellent museums for all interests.

Did you know?


  • Lincoln County is where the world's largest Wooly Mammoth fossil was discovered.
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has the largest weight room in the country, covering three- fourths of an acre.
  • Aviator Charles Lindberg learned how to fly in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • The Bible Belt town of Lincoln was once nicknamed the Church City because of the large number of churches located within.


  • Lincoln Children's Museum
    This popular Nebraska family stop is all about the hands on experience. The affordable museum offers exhibits such as Prairie Dog Town, Big Splash and Sky High Airport, as well as places for kids to climb, tunnel and get wet.

    The Lincoln Children's Museum will keep the little ones very busy in a safe, educational environment.

  • Lentz Center for Asian Culture
    This museum showcases the diversity of Asian culture with its beautiful artifacts and unique collections of art. Exhibits include Asian musical instruments, carvings, paintings, sculpture and much more.

    Some of the finest examples of Vietnamese artwork, Japanese painting, and the porcelain of China's Ming dynasty are here to enjoy. The museum, established in 1986, is an extension of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

  • Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
    The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra has been performing for over 25 years. These musicians play a variety of big band compositions. They have produced several recordings and compositions with over 60 original arrangements.

    The jazz orchestra, with a reputation for excellence throughout the U.S., participates in annual concert series and special events. They also present workshops and classes for students at the elementary and college levels.


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This page was last modified on October 2, 2015.