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Nebraska's claim to fame includes the very first Wild West Show in 1882, where the first Arbor Day holiday began, the world's largest train yard, the Union Pacific's Bailey Yard and the creator of Kool-Aide, the state's official soft drink. Once called, the "Tree Planter's State," Nebraska's nickname was changed to the "Cornhusker State" to reflect the state's love of college football. Residents of Nebraska are often referred to as Cornhuskers.
Early European Explorers mistakenly called this area the "Great American Desert." On the contrary, Nebraska's fertile soil makes this state one of the top farming areas in the world. Some ranches are huge with over 100,000 acres each. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Nebraska's tourism slogan is "Where the West Begins." Nebraska's past is steep in folklore of the Old West with countless stories about the Pony Express, Buffalo Bill, Native Americans and Lewis and Clark. They encourage you to see this for yourself by traveling along one of its nine scenic byways, which also makes searching for an apartment quite adventuresome.
One of the state's most popular tourist attractions is the the Henry Doorly Zoo that boasts of the largest indoor tropical rain forest and aquariums in the world. Reader's Digest voted this renowned zoo as the number one zoo in the nation. A site that is not quite as well-known is the unique replica of Stonehenge made out of old beat up cars.
Time and time again, Nebraska has been ranked as one of the top 10 "Most Livable States," "Best Places to Live," and "Best States for Business." It has an estimated population of nearly 1.8 million. The state's income is based on agriculture, primarily cattle, making Nebraska one of the top three cattle-producing states in America. Other products include hogs, corn, wheat, soybeans and varieties of grass. Manufacturing also plays an important role in the state's growth.
The largest populace in the state is in the city of Omaha. With over 1.2 million people in the metropolitan area, this area offers a wide array of apartments. Besides growth, there has been an "O!plosion" taking place around town. A recent marketing campaign has been using the single letter O and the exclamation mark to show their pride in Omaha. They say it embodies what excitement lies ahead for this great city. Apartments have been reported to make up at least a 1/4 of Omaha's housing needs. Apartments rent as low as $440, which is pretty exciting.
First known as Lancaster, the city changed its name to Lincoln after the assassination of the beloved president. With a reputation of being "One of the Midwest's most beloved cities," Lincoln is only an hour away from Omaha and is the state's capital. Lincoln supposedly has one of the most stunning state capitols in the nation called the "Tower on the Plains." Lincoln has a cost of living that 22 percent below the national average, which is attracting more and more apartment seekers. Home to the University of Nebraska, this city has the clubs, cafes, eclectic stores and apartment buildings that are typical in a thriving college town.