Consider Nebraska. The state is large, about 210 miles from north to south, and 430 miles from east to west, totaling approximately 77, 421 square miles. The largest city in Nebraska is Omaha, and the capital city is Lincoln. As far at Nebraska’s population goes, it ranks 38th among the fifty states, with a population of almost 1, 800,000 people. It is one of the least dense of the states, ranking 43rd out of the fifty states. The highest point in Nebraska is Panorama Point whose elevation is 5,424 feet and Nebraska’s lowest point is at the Missouri River where the elevation above sea level is 840 feet. Nebraska is almost entirely in the central time zone, with the exception of the panhandle which is mountain time.
The population of Omaha is 438,646, but it is part of a larger metropolitan area, the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area whose total population is approaching three quarters of a million people. Lincoln, the capital and second largest city has about a quarter of a million inhabitants.
Nebraska can boast some interesting commerce information. In 1927 Edwin Perkins invented the revolutionary instant drink known as Kool-Aid in Hastings, Nebraska. Kool-Aid is the official soft drink of Nebraska, and celebrates this fact annually the second weekend in August with the festival known as ‘Kool-Aid Days.’
CliffsNotes first was created by Clifton Hillegass in Rising City, Nebraska. He based his idea on a previous, similar idea already found in Canada known as Coles Notes. Nebraska is the home to Berkshire Hathaway, headquartered in Omaha. Warren Buffet, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway was ranked by Forbes magazine in 2009 as the second wealthiest person in the world. Some other well-known companies that call Nebraska their home are, ConAgra, Mutual of Omaha, Woodmen of the World and the Union Pacific Railroad.