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City Summary - Lincoln, Nebraska
Serving as Nebraska's second largest city and capital, Lincoln combines economic opportunities with numerous educational, recreational and cultural activities for residents. Incorporated on April 7, 1869, the city covers 74.6 square miles and has a population of more than 254,000. Only 15.2 percent of the city's population consists of minorities with Hispanics as the largest group, accounting for 5.4 percent of the population in total. Nearly 40 percent of the population of Lincoln is German; Irish and English account for the second and third largest ethnicities, respectively. The median age in the city is 35.4 years, above the state median of 31.3 years.

Bryan LGH Medical Center is the largest employer in Lincoln and the 11th largest in the state. Health care accounts for the largest industry for women with 15 percent of Lincoln's females working in the field; 4 percent of the city's men are employed in medical-related jobs as well. The largest field for men in the city is construction, employing 11 percent of males. Other large employers in Lincoln include the transportation company Crete Carrier Corp.; the grocery store holding company B & R Stores, Inc.; and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Around 7 percent of both men and women work in public administration for state and local government agencies based in Lincoln.

Education is the second largest employer for both men and women in Lincoln. The city serves as home for the flagship branch of the University of Nebraska system as well as eight additional colleges and universities. The Lincoln public school system serves the city and has 37 elementary, 11 middle, and seven high schools. Students in the public schools have the option to participate in nationally-known educational programs in the arts and humanities, zoology, information technology and entrepreneurship.

More than 30 neighborhoods comprise the city of Lincoln, which is completely landlocked with no major rivers nearby. A notable section of the city, the Historic Bungalow District features many unique homes and attractions like the Lincoln Children's Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Fox Hollow is a planned community consisting of middle and upper class residences. The Haymarket Area has undergone a recent boom in housing with new real estate development, such as the BurkholderProject, which features studio apartments situated above an art gallery space.

For its residents, Lincoln operates 100 local parks. Farmer's markets are held in the summer and winter in many neighborhoods, and more than 15 parades, festivals and other events are held annually in the capital. A favorite for sports and car enthusiasts is the Sports Car Club of America's Pro Finale that occurs ever September. The Pershing Auditorium and Lied Centers host national tours of Broadway productions and other concerts and events throughout the year.
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