Nebraska Information and Facts
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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.
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 -20°C (0° F) and summer temperatures
in the upper 30°s C (lower 100°s 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.
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