Nicknamed the Star City, Lincoln is the state capital for Nebraska and is America’s 14th-most highly populated state capital city. The city was named after Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president.
Guinness World Records documents Lincoln, Nebraska as being the site where the tallest structure was built with miniature Lincoln Logs at 12 feet 4 inches (3.77 meters) on April 13, 2013.
Another world record pertains to Lincolnite Bill Heermann who has amassed the biggest bumper collection on the planet, comprised of over 4,100 pieces. Heermann started his collection in 1984 when he was an Eagle Scout in search of a leisurely hobby.
Lincoln serves as headquarters for one large corporation recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies, namely education financial services conglomerate Nelnet.
Nebraska shipped U$6.37 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Nebraskan exports are beef, corn, soya beans, combine harvesters or threshers, cow hides, mechanical sprayers, pork and oil cake according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Lincoln was 2.6% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Lincoln, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bob Devaney Sports Center, Governor’s Mansion, Memorial Stadium, Pinewood Bowl Ampitheater, Pinnacle Bank Arena and Saint Mary Catholic Church
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Lincoln, United States:
- Hilary Swank, Oscar-winning actress (born Jul. 30, 1974)
- Dick Cheney, former U.S. Vice-President (born Jan. 30, 1941)
- Alex Gordon, professional MLB baseball player (born Feb. 10, 1984)
- Ashley Graham, model (born Oct. 30, 1987)
- James Valentine, alternative rock guitarist (born Oct. 5, 1978)
- Fred Hoiberg, NBA basketball coach (born Oct. 15, 1972)
- Joba Chamberlain, professional MLB baseball player (born Sep. 23, 1985)
- Amanda Valentine, Project Runway fashion designer (born May 21, 1981)
- Nathaniel Motte, pop singer (born Jan. 13, 1984)
- John Jackson, Olympic shooting gold medalist (born Feb. 14, 1885)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Lincoln resident: Lincolnite
Population: 280,364 (Lincoln city limits)
Density: 3,021 people per square mile (1,166 per square kilometer)
Population: 348,720 (Lincoln-Beatrice Metropolitan Combined Statistical Area)
Density: 154 people per square mile (60 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$18.773 billion as of March 2015 (Lincoln-Beatrice Metropolitan Combined Statistical Area)
GDP per person: $53,834
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Lincoln: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 29, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest collection of stickers for bumpers. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Guinness World Records, Tallest structure built with Lincoln Logs. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Lincoln official website. Accessed on May 29, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 29, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 29, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 29, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 29, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Lincoln city flag. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Wikipedia, Combined Statistical Area. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Wikipedia, Lincoln, Nebraska. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Wikipedia, Nebraska. Accessed on May 29, 2017
Within city limits, Lincoln occupies 92.81 square miles (240.38 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 280,364 Lincolnites in 2016.
The Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Area has a land area of 2,260.44 square miles (5,854.5 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 348,720 inhabitants.
At the city level, Lincoln’s population density is 3,021 residents per square mile (1,166 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Lincoln metropolitan area with an average 154 inhabitants per square mile (60 per square kilometer).
Lincolnites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.