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Welcome to Lincoln ...

The city of Lincoln is located in Lancaster County<1>. 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<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lincoln has a population of 288,479 people<3> (see below for details).

Lincoln was established in 1856.

Going back to its beginning, The community of Lincoln was originally named Lancaster. For more information about the names of Lincoln, see The Names of Lincoln on our Genealogy Page.

Lincoln is 1,190 feet [363 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Area codes for Lincoln: (402) & (531)<5>

The ZIP codes for Lincoln: 68501-68510, 68512, 68514, 68516, 68517, 68520-68524, 68526-68529, 68531, 68532, 68542, 68583, 68588<6>

Websites for Lincoln ...

Official Website:   www.lincoln.ne.gov/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.lcoc.com/

Junior League:   www.jll.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lincoln had an population of 288,479 people. This is an increase of 11.65% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 27.88% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lincoln had a population of 258,379 people (or 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 (with a count of 225,581 people).

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

Adding Lincoln to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lincoln in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Lincoln was on a map titled Map of Nebraska (from Rand McNally, 1895).

We also found Lincoln on a map titled Map of the Lincoln Highway (1924).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Lincoln on our Genealogy Page.

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.

Communities near Lincoln ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lincoln.

  • Crete [Saline County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crete
    • Crete [Saline County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the southwest of Lincoln
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,875 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crete
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crete<8>
  • Waverly [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waverly
    • Waverly [Lancaster County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the northeast of Lincoln
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,128 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waverly have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waverly
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waverly<8>
  • Hickman [Lancaster County]
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    • Hickman [Lancaster County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the south of Lincoln
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,456 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickman
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hickman<8>
  • Milford [Seward County]
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    • Milford [Seward County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the west of Lincoln
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,014 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milford
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milford<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Eagle [Cass County]
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      • Eagle [Cass County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the east of Lincoln
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,105 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eagle have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagle<8>
    • Bennet [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bennet
      • Bennet [Lancaster County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the southeast of Lincoln
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 990 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bennet
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bennet<8>
    • Ceresco [Saunders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ceresco
      • Ceresco [Saunders County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the north of Lincoln
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 899 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ceresco
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ceresco<8>
    • Firth [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Firth
      • Firth [Lancaster County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the south of Lincoln
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 619 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Firth have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Firth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Firth<8>
    • Greenwood [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Cass County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Lincoln
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 595 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenwood<8>
    • Palmyra [Otoe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmyra
      • Palmyra [Otoe County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the southeast of Lincoln
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 575 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palmyra have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palmyra
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Palmyra<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lincoln. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lincoln.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lincoln.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lincoln. Our list includes 239 papers. See our Newspapers 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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nebraska

About Lancaster County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lincoln: www.lincoln.ne.gov/

The official website for Lancaster County: www.lancaster.ne.gov/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Nebraska's counties, including Lancaster, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lincoln.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lincoln - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (531) is an overlay for area code (402).
<6>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.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lincoln. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LincolnOur 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    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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