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Lincoln, Nebraska

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Welcome to Lincoln ...

The city of Lincoln is located in Lancaster County. It is the County Seat and the capital of Nebraska.

When the people of Lincoln refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Lincolnite<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Lincoln has a population of 287,401 people<2> (see below for details).

Lincoln was established in 1856.

The community of Lincoln was originally named Lancaster.

Lincoln is 1,190 feet [363 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Lincoln lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Lincoln: (402) and (531)<4>

The ZIP codes for Lincoln: 68501-68510, 68512, 68514, 68516, 68517, 68520-68524, 68526-68529, 68531, 68532, 68542, 68583, 68588<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lincoln had a population of 258,379 people (which is 90.53% of the total population of Lancaster County). This makes Lincoln the county's most populous community.

The population of Lincoln represents 14.15% of the population of Nebraska (which has 1,826,341 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 258,379 people, the population of Lincoln increased 14.54% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 225,581 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Lincoln had an population of 287,401 people. This is an increase of 11.23% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 27.4% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lincoln.

Communities near Lincoln ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Crete   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the Southwest (SW) of Lincoln

Located in Saline County

Waverly   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Lincoln

Hickman   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) of Lincoln

Milford   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) of Lincoln

Located in Seward County

Eagle   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) of Lincoln

Located in Cass County

Bennet   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Lincoln

Ceresco   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North (N) of Lincoln

Located in Saunders County

Firth   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) of Lincoln

Greenwood   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Lincoln

Located in Cass County

Palmyra   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Lincoln

Located in Otoe County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Lincoln.

Communities Also Named Lincoln ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 63 communities that are also named Lincoln - they are located in Alabama (2), Arkansas, California (2), Colorado, Delaware, Florida (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (6), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (3), New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (2), North Dakota, Ohio (3), Oklahoma (2), Ontario, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (3), South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah (2), Vermont, Virginia, Washington (3), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lincoln.

Websites for Lincoln ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lincoln. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lincoln. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lincoln. Our list includes 239 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Lincoln:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lincoln ...

Looking for more information about Lincoln? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Lincoln, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lincoln.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Nebraska

About Lancaster County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lincoln:

The official website for Lancaster County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Lincoln refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Lincoln may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lincoln.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lincoln - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (531) is an overlay for area code (402).

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Lincoln). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lincoln or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Lincoln includes: 68501, 68502, 68503, 68504, 68505, 68506, 68507, 68508, 68509, 68512, 68514, 68516, 68517, 68520, 68521, 68522, 68523, 68526, 68527, 68528, 68531, 68532, 68542, 68583 & 68588.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lincoln) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lincoln. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lincoln

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lincoln. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8136, Longitude: -96.7026     [Map].

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