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Income

The population of Nebraska in 2002 was 1,727,564. Its rank was 38th in the nation. (The District of Columbia is included for ranking purposes.)

Per Capita Personal Income

In 2002 Nebraska had a per capita personal income of $29,182. This per capita personal income ranked 26th in the United States and was 94 percent of the national average, $30,906. The 2002 per capita personal income reflected an increase of 1.6 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.2 percent. In 1992 the per capita personal income of Nebraska was $19,349 and ranked 25th in the United States. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of per capita personal income was 4.2 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 4.0 percent.

Total Personal Income

In 2002 Nebraska had a total personal income of $50,414,066. This total personal income ranked 36th in the United States. In 1992 the total personal income of Nebraska was $31,184,119 and ranked 34th in the United States. The 2002 total personal income reflected an increase of 2.1 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 2.3 percent. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of total personal income was 4.9 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.2 percent.

Components of Personal Income

Total personal income includes net earnings by place of residence; dividends, interest, and rent; and total personal current transfer receipts received by the residents of Nebraska. In 2002 net earnings accounted for 66.4 percent of total personal income (compared with 67.2 in 1992); dividends, interest, and rent were 19.6 percent (compared with 20.2 in 1992); and personal current transfer receipts were 14.0 percent (compared with 12.6 in 1992). From 2001 to 2002 net earnings increased 1.7 percent; dividends, interest, and rent increased 0.6 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased 6.6 percent. From 1992 to 2002 net earnings increased on average 4.8 percent each year; dividends, interest, and rent increased on average 4.6 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased on average 6.1 percent.

Employment Earnings

Earnings of persons employed in Nebraska increased from $37,966,022 in 2001 to $38,768,133 in 2002, an increase of 2.1 percent. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.5 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1992 estimate of $24,034,405 to the 2002 estimate was 4.9 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.3 percent.

Area - Nebraska ranks 16th among the states in area, covering 200,359 sq km (77,359 sq mi), including 1246 sq km (481 sq mi) of inland waters. From east to west, in a line extending from Omaha to the western boundary of its Panhandle, Nebraska measures 687 km (426 mi). The distance from north to south is 333 km (207 mi). With the exception of the Panhandle to the west, the state is rectangular. It slopes gently to the southeast and elevation increases at an average rate of 2 m per km (10 ft per mi) from the Missouri River to Nebraska's western boundary. The lowest elevation, 256 m (840 ft), is along the Missouri River in the southeast, and the highest point, 1654 m (5426 ft), is in the Panhandle in southwestern Kimball County. The mean elevation is about 790 m (about 2600 ft). Although Nebraska is considered a plains state, there is considerable local relief.

Climate - Nebraska has a typical continental climate with wide seasonal variations in temperature. Winter temperatures below -20C (0 F) and summer temperatures in the upper 30s C (lower 100s F) are common. The average January temperature varies from about -7 C (about 20 F) in the northeast to about -2 C (about 29 F) in the southwest. The average for July, the hottest month, ranges from about 26 C (about 78 F) in the south central section to about 20 C (about 68 F) along the western tip of Nebraska. Nebraska is fortunate in that approximately three-fourths of its precipitation falls during the April through September growing season. Normally, May and June are the wettest months and December and January are the driest. Average snowfall normally ranges from about 500 to 1000 mm (about 20 to 40 in) with the heaviest snows in late winter. Blizzards are common. The blizzard in 1888 claimed thousands of livestock and many lives, and the blizzard in 1949 required the aid of United States armed forces. Precipitation in the northwest averages about 360 mm (about 14 in) annually, increasing to more than 860 mm (34 in) in the southeast. Along the 100th meridian, which bisects the state, annual precipitation averages about 500 mm (about 20 in). Severe storms, with damaging winds, hail, and torrential rains of 100 mm (4 in) or more, are common. Tornadoes occur every year, but their number and intensity vary. Hailstorms are very severe in western Nebraska, which probably has the highest hail frequency in the country. During dry years, dust storms occasionally develop in the Panhandle and in the southwestern part of Nebraska.

Nebraska State Flag
State Flag
Nebraska State Flower
State Flower - Goldenrod


State Capitol - Lincoln
Nebraska is governed under a constitution that was adopted in 1875. It has been amended many times. One amendment adopted in 1912 provides for amendments to the constitution through initiative and referendum. The constitution limits the state's power of taxation and forbids the state to incur bonded indebtedness, except for the purpose of highway construction.

Famous People

Bil Baird puppeteer, Grand Island
Bob Gibson baseball player, Omaha
Darryl F. Zanuck film producer, Wahoo
David Janssen actor, Naponee
Dick Cavett TV entertainer, Gibbon
Don Wilson announcer, Lincoln
Dorothy McGuire actress, Omaha
Frank W. Leahy football coach, O'Neill
Fred Astaire dancer, actor, Omaha
George Beadle geneticist, Wahoo
Gerald Rudolph Ford U.S. president, Omaha
Grace Abbott social worker, Grand Island
Grover Cleveland Alexander baseball pitcher, Saint Paul
Harold Edgerton inventor, Fremont
Henry Fonda actor, Grand Island
Hoot Gibson actor, Tememah
Howard Hanson composer, conductor, Wahoo
Inga Swenson actress, Omaha
Irish McCalla actress, Pawnee City
James Coburn actor, Laurel
Jay W. Forrester inventor, Climax
Julie Wilson singer, actress, Omaha
Leland Hayward producer, Nebraska City
Malcolm X civil rights advocate, Omaha
Mari Sandoz author, Sheridan Cty
Marlon Brando actor, Omaha
Max Baer boxer, Omaha
Mignon Eberhart author, Lincoln
Montgomery Clift actor, Omaha
Nick Nolte actor, Omaha
Paul Williams singer, composer, actor, Omaha
Red Cloud Indian rights advocate, leader
Robert Taylor actor, Filley
Roscoe Pound educator, legal scholar, Lincoln
Ruth Etting singer, actress, David City
Sandy Dennis actress, Hastings
Standing Bear Indian rights advocate, leader
Susette La Flesche artist, Omaha
Warren Buffett investor, Omaha

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