The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln. The county seat of Lancaster County rests in the state's southeast region about 53 miles southwest of Omaha. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lincoln's estimated population is 268,000, second-largest in the Cornhusker State.
The city was founded in 1856 as the village of Lancaster and later renamed after president Abraham Lincoln. The city of roughly 89 square miles was once recognized by the Center for Disease Control as the "healthiest city" in the U.S., while also gaining honors as the "happiest and healthiest" in another study. The University of Nebraska's main campus is located in Lincoln; the state's largest school has an enrollment of more than 24,000 students.