Lincoln, Nebraska, in Lancaster County, has a growing population of over a quarter million people. It’s a small city, falling below the range of the fifty most populous cities in the country (which range from New York City at about 8.1 million to Arlington, Texas at about 365,000). However, it is in the top 100 (around #73 according to some lists), and is more populous than Boise, Idaho, Montgomery, Alabama, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Reno, Nevada. Omaha, Nebraska is nearly twice as populous and is the #42 most populated city in the U.S.
The state capitol, Lincoln is located in nearly the geographic center of the United States. It was founded as Lancaster in 1856. Lincoln was renamed after the recently-assassinated president when Nebraska was still a territory. When Nebraska was admitted to the union as the 37th state in 1967, Lincoln became the capitol.
The state capitol building towers above the rest of the city; 400 feet tall, it was constructed finishing in 1932. The capitol building has an observation tour and beautiful interior courtyards, popular parts of the capitol building tours that are conducted daily
The Nebraska History Museum is located in downtown Lincoln. Exhibits include Pioneering Aviators from Flyover Country, Depression-era Quilting, Building the State, The First Nebraskans (the history of the native Plains Indians), Joining the Union, and Nebraskans in World War II.
Lincoln has neither a major highway nor a subway system, but it does have an airport (Lincoln Municipal Airport) and a public bus system. Visitors often fly into Omaha and take a shuttle bus to Lincoln.
The city has a diverse selection of restaurants, including excellent Thai, Mexican, Indian, vegetarian, Cajun, and Japanese cuisine as well as Midwestern American classic food.