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Overview

Introduction to Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska is the state capital and second largest city in Nebraska. Its steady rate of growth has made it one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest. Lincoln is known for its friendliness, safe neighborhoods, central location, cultural diversity, and reasonable cost of living. The city is the home base for many national corporations that contribute to advances in science and education. This all adds up to form the city’s motto, which is "Community of Opportunity." Lincoln combines small town charm with big city culture to create an incredibly inviting and enjoyable atmosphere.

Lincoln Culture

Lincoln has a variety of cultural activities for residents and visitors to choose from. Live music is common throughout the city, with venues such as the Pershing Auditorium where large tours and national acts perform regularly. Other music venues include Knickerbockers and Duffy’s Tavern, where music fans can find local and regional acts. Nightly blues music can be found at the Zoo Bar. Broadway productions, concerts, and guest lectures can all be seen at the Lied Center. Performing arts venues include the Temple Building, where UNL students stage productions, and the Lincoln Community Playhouse, where community theater can be seen. A number of annual events occur in Lincoln, including Nebraska high school state boy’s and girls' basketball tournaments, the Star City Parade, and Jazz in June.

Lincoln Sports and Leisure

Sports in Lincoln largely center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers. The Cornhuskers have many NCAA Division I sports teams, including 21 men’s and 14 women’s teams. There are also a number of other sports teams that call the city home, including minor league baseball team the Lincoln Saltdogs, USHAL junior ice hockey team the Lincoln Stars, NiFL indoor football team the Lincoln Capitals, and ABA basketball team the Lincoln Thunder. Golf is a common recreational leisure sport in the area, and golfers can play rounds at courses like Quarry Oaks, ArborLinks, Firethorn, Hillcrest, North Forty Golf, Wilderness Ridge, and Yankee Hill. Bowling can be found at Hollywood Bowl, Madsen’s Bowling & Billiards, Parkway Lanes, and Sun Valley Lanes.

Lincoln Outdoors

Over 100 city parks can be found throughout the city of Lincoln, including Antelope Park, Folsom Children’s Zoo, Sunken Gardens, Holmes Park, Oak Lake Park, Pioneers Park Nature Center, Tierra Park, and Wilderness Park. Over 99 miles of trails connect these parks to one another. This trail system is regarded as one of the best in the country, giving users access to walking, hiking, biking, running, and rollerblading. Fishing is popular in the area, and fishermen go after such species as Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Bullhead, and Carp.

Lincoln at Night

Lincoln has a variety of nighttime activities to satisfy a wide range of interests. A number of non-profit groups offer bingo games that pay out $50 to $75 and feature large jackpots. Big Red Keno is a popular local game and can be played at Big Red Sports Bar & Grill. Theaters include the Douglas Theaters, The Grand, East Park, and Englewood 6. Sky and laser shows can be very entertaining, as can a trip to the Mueller Planetarium. Performing arts can be seen at Kimball Recital Hall, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and other stage theaters throughout the city.

People

Total Population 269,726
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 143,359
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 45.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.7%
Median Earnings25+ $34,925
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,818
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,018

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,430
% Above Poverty Level 84.1%
% Below Poverty Level 15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $729
Median House Value $147,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.6%
US/American 0%
English 9%
Irish 13%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lincoln Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 49 miles SW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Lancaster
Metro Area Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 68502, 68503, 68504, 68505, 68506, 68507, 68508, 68510, 68512, 68514, 68516, 68517, 68520, 68521, 68522, 68523, 68524, 68526, 68527, 68528, 68531, 68532
P.O. Box Zip Codes 68501, 68509, 68529, 68542, 68583, 68588
Phone Area Codes 402
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.811
Longitude -96.666

Lincoln Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LINCOLN
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 29.7 inches
Station LINCOLN AP
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 90 F
Oct Temp 40 to 67 F
Annual Precip 28.3 inches
Station CRETE
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 29 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lincoln, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Air Park (68524)

Bethany (68505)

Cheney (68526)

Emerald (68528)

Havelock (68529)

Prairie Home (68527)

Rokeby (68523)

State House (68509)

University Place (68504)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Davey 128 $66,875
Denton 240 $62,500
Malcolm 363 $82,083
Raymond 139 $82,500
Roca 220 $81,875
Waverly 3,614 $86,205

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lincoln Public Libraries

Library
Lincoln City Libraries
136 SO. 14TH STREET
Lincoln, Nebraska
(402) 441-8500
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Lincoln Hospitals

LINCOLN SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1710 SOUTH 70TH ST, SUITE 200
(402) 483-1550
Emergency Service: No

BRYANLGH MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1600 SOUTH 48TH ST
(402) 489-0200
Emergency Service: Yes

SAINT ELIZABETH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
555 SOUTH 70TH ST
(402) 219-7700
Emergency Service: Yes

NEBRASKA HEART HOSPITAL, LLC
(Proprietary)
7500 SOUTH 91ST ST
(402) 327-2700
Emergency Service: No

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Lincoln High Schools

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LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
402-436-1301
Serves 1,988 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL
402-436-1304
Serves 1,731 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

LINCOLN NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL
402-436-1303
Serves 1,664 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

LINCOLN EAST HIGH SCHOOL
402-436-1302
Serves 1,638 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
402-436-1306
Serves 1,475 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

NORTH STAR HIGH SCHOOL
402-436-1305
Serves 1,205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

BRYAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
402-436-1308
Serves 114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.7

LANCASTER CO YOUTH SERVICES
402-441-6817
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER
402-434-2674
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

EXPELLED STUDENTS PROGRAM
402-436-1694

HIGH SCH SCIENCE FOCUS PROGRAM
402-436-1780

SPECIAL ED YANKEE HILL SCHOOL
402-436-1927
A Special Education School

FINE ARTS FOCUS HIGH SCHOOL
402-436-1785

SECONDARY BEHAVIORAL SKILLS
402-436-1924

INSTRUCTIONAL TECH FOCUS SCH
402-436-1776

UNL INDEPENDENT STUDY HIGH SCH
402-472-4338

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