Nebraska is a state in the
Western part of the
United States of America. With an area of 200,520 km² (77,421 sq mi) and a population of 1,826,341 (per the
2010 census), Nebraska is ranked as the
16th largest state by
land area, and the
population. Nebraska's name is derived from a
Chiwere word meaning "flat water," after the
Platte River that flows through the state.
Nebraskans are sometimes colloquially referred to as "
Cornhuskers" (which is derived from the University of Nebraska's nickname, the Cornhuskers, later the nickname of the state itself). Once considered part of the
Great American Desert, it is now a leading