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Migrating sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) depart their overnight roosting area in the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, at dawn (2015).
Migrating sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) depart their overnight roosting area in the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, at dawn (2015).

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Nebraska (/nəˈbræskə/ ) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west.

Indigenous peoples, including Omaha, Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Otoe, and various branches of the Lakota (Sioux) tribes, lived in the region for thousands of years before European exploration. The state is crossed by many historic trails, including that of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Nebraska is the 16th largest state by land area, with just over 77,220 square miles (200,000 km2), but with a population of over 1.9 million, it is the 37th most populous state and the 7th least densely populated. Its capital is Lincoln, and its most populous city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River. Nebraska was admitted into the United States in 1867, two years after the end of the American Civil War. The Nebraska Legislature is unlike any other American legislature in that it is unicameral, and its members are elected without any official reference to political party affiliation. (Full article...)

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The BNSF passenger train visits the Omaha Riverfront for the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder convention at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The economy of Omaha, Nebraska is linked to the city's status as a major commercial hub in the Midwestern United States since its founding in 1854. Dubbed the "Motor Mouth City" by The New York Times, Omaha is widely regarded as the telecommunications capital of the United States. The city's economy includes agriculture, food processing, insurance, transportation, healthcare and education. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway has lived in Omaha all of his life, as have the ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Railroad and Mutual of Omaha Companies, and Kiewit Corporation, all Fortune 500 corporations.

According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, in March 2008 the unemployment rate in Omaha was 3.9 percent. Between 2000 and 2005 Omaha's job growth was 0.70 percent. In 2006 the sales tax rate was seven percent, with income tax at 6.68 percent. That same year the median family income was $56,869, with a 1.80 percent housing price gain. (Full article...)
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Buffett in 2015

Warren Edward Buffett (/ˈbʌfɪt/ BUF-it; born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. As a result of his immense investment success, Buffett is one of the best-known fundamental investors in the world. As of November 2023, he had a net worth of $118 billion, making him the seventh-richest person in the world.

Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska. The son of US congressman and businessman Howard Buffett, he developed an interest in business and investing during his youth. He entered the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 before graduating from the University of Nebraska at 19. He went on to graduate from Columbia Business School, where he molded his investment philosophy around the concept of value investing pioneered by Benjamin Graham. He attended New York Institute of Finance to focus on his economics background and soon pursued a business career. He later began various business ventures and investment partnerships, including one with Graham. He created Buffett Partnership Ltd. in 1956 and his investment firm eventually acquired a textile manufacturing firm, Berkshire Hathaway, assuming its name to create a diversified holding company. Buffett emerged as the company's chairman and majority shareholder in 1970. In 1978, fellow investor and long-time business associate Charlie Munger joined Buffett as vice-chairman. (Full article...)

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Largest cities

2014 Rank City 2016 Estimate[1] 2010 Census[2] Change County
1 Omaha 446,970 408,958 +9.29% Douglas
2 Lincoln 280,364 258,379 +8.51% Lancaster
3 Bellevue 53,505 50,137 +6.72% Sarpy
4 Grand Island 51,517 48,520 +6.18% Hall
5 Kearney 33,520 30,787 +8.88% Buffalo
6 Fremont 26,519 26,397 +0.46% Dodge
7 Hastings 24,991 24,907 +0.34% Adams
8 North Platte 24,110 24,733 −2.52% Lincoln
9 Norfolk 24,348 24,210 +0.57% Madison
10 Columbus 22,851 22,111 +3.35% Platte
11 Papillion 19,597 18,894 +3.72% Sarpy
12 La Vista 17,143 15,758 +8.79% Sarpy
13 Scottsbluff 14,883 15,039 −1.04% Scotts Bluff
14 South Sioux City 13,120 13,353 −1.74% Dakota
15 Beatrice 12,362 12,459 −0.78% Gage
See List of cities in Nebraska for a full list.


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  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  2. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 9 June 2015.[dead link]