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Nebraska Almanac: Facts and Figures
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Nebraska Almanac furnishes quick facts and figures on the state, its geography, climate and weather, elevation, land area, bordering states, electoral votes, number of senators and representatives to the US Congress, and other statistical data. Use this almanac of Nebraska for information on local issues, politics, events, celebrations, people and business pertaining to the state of Nebraska that can be found online.
Nebraska is one of the West North Central states of the US. It is literally located in the heart of the United States. Nebraska encompasses a total land area of 77,354 sq. miles and is edged by Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming. Nebraska named after the Platte River from the French meaning "broad river." The Omaha Indians called the river "ibôápka" also meaning "broad river."
Nebraska has traditionally been known as an agricultural state. By the 1990s, although it remained one of the leading grain-producer with bumper crops of sorghum, corn, and wheat. More varieties of grass, valuable for forage, grow in this state than in any other in the nation. The state's sizable cattle and hog industries make Dakota City and Lexington among the nation's largest meat-packing centers., Nebraska had a diversified economy, dominated by services and manufacturing as well. Manufacturing has become diversified: Firms making electronic components, auto accessories, pharmaceuticals, and mobile homes have joined such older industries as clothing, farm machinery, chemicals, and transportation equipment. Oil was discovered in 1939 and natural gas in 1949.
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