Profile for Lincoln, Nebraska, NE
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Lincoln is a city in Lancaster County.
It is the state capital and the county seat.
The community was named for President Abraham Lincoln.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Nebraska named Lincoln. For links to other places called Lincoln, NE, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Lincoln is 40.8N. The longitude is -96.666W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,204 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 235,594.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Lincoln demographic reports
Lincoln is on Salt Creek.
Former and merged names include:
An earlier white settlement here, called Lancaster, developed around a salt works.
Public transportation: StarTran (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,114. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 4.8 per 1,000 people.
Lincoln received national attention for a 1996 plane crash in which Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer died.
Filming location for:
· 1995 movie, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"
· 2002 movie, "About Schmidt"
· 1983 movie, "Terms of Endearment"
Well-known residents have included:
· David Doyle, actor
· Janine Turner, actress
· Willa Cather, writer
· Bess Streeter Aldrich, writer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Celebrate Lincoln - June 22-23, 2007
- Nebraska Book Festival - Oct. 12-13, 2007
- Nebraska Bluegrass Festival - Oct. 4-6, 2007
- Nebraska State Fair - Aug. 24-Sept. 3, 2007
- Lancaster County Fair - Aug. 1-5, 2007
- PlainSong Folk Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
- Lincoln Arts Festival - Sept. 22-23, 2007
- Meadowlark Music Festival - July 18-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lincoln web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Pioneers Park, Wilderness Park
Lincoln attractions: Folsom Children's Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Hyde Observatory
Sports teams: Saltdogs (American Association of Independent Professional Baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Nebraska History, National Museum of Roller Skating, Hyde Observatory, State Museum of Natural History and Mueller Planetarium, Lentz Center for Asian Culture, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Great Plains Art Collection
Colleges and universities:
University of Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 76
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Ancestry & family history
34% of Lincoln residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lincoln ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lincoln was $20,984, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Lincoln residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Lincoln festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Nebraska State Fair - A
- Meadowlark Music Festival - J
- Lancaster County Fair - A
- Celebrate Lincoln - J
- PlainSong Folk Festival - O
- Nebraska Book Festival - O
- Lincoln Arts Festival - S
- Nebraska Bluegrass Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Lincoln festival web sites:
Historic districts in Lincoln include South Bottoms Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Lincoln, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $457. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $968.
Libraries in Lincoln include Anderson Branch Library, Arnold Heights Branch Library, Belmont Branch Library, Bess Dodson Walt Branch, Bethany Branch Library, Gere Branch Library, Loren Corey Eiseley Branch, South Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Lincoln include Lincoln Journal Star
TV stations in Lincoln include KLKN, KOLN, KUON.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUCV.
Lancaster County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lincoln political report.
The average commute time for Lincoln workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 42 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lincoln between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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