2010: 258,379, #72 in U.S., #2 in Nebraska

1950: 98,884, #112 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 302,157, #155 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 119,742, #134 in U.S.


Lincoln was founded in 1856.  The University of Nebraska is located on the north side of downtown.


Tallest building: State Capitol, 398 feet (1932)

The State Capitol has an observation deck on the 14th floor.


Lincoln has no downtown department stores. Historic Haymarket is an old warehouse district on the west side of downtown that now has shops and restaurants.


Amtrak’s California Zephyr goes west from Lincoln to Denver, Salt Lake City, and Emeryville (near Oakland), and east to Omaha and Chicago. Lincoln has a new (2012) Amtrak station on the west side of downtown, located adjacent to the old Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy station (1927), which is now used for special events.


The Nebraska History Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, and the University of Nebraska State Museum are located downtown.

Lincoln Skyline


The 14-screen Lincoln Grand Theater is downtown. The Rococo Theatre (the former Stuart Theater, 1929) is a restored movie theater that now has concerts and special events.

The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra plays at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts (1990) and the Kimball Recital Hall, both on the University of Nebraska campus. The Lied Center also hosts touring Broadway shows. The Haymarket Theatre is also in the downtown area.


The Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association play at Haymarket Park (2001), just northwest of downtown.  Pinnacle Bank Arena, in the West Haymarket area, opened in  2013.

Map of Downtown Lincoln

Downtown Lincoln Association

Convention and Visitors Bureau