Community Information

The City of Lincoln has received a variety of national accolades recently, including

  • One of the ten "Best Places in the U.S. to Locate a Company," from Expansion Management magazine
  • #5 for the "Best Small Places for Business & Careers" from, 2010
  • One of the "50 Best Small Metro Areas for Growing & Starting a Business," by Inc. magazine
  • #4 for "Best Overall Business Climate Among Smaller Metro Areas," Forbes Magazine
  • One of the Ten "Best Places to Launch a Small Business," Fortune, 2009
  • #1 for job prospects in the Employment Outlook Survey, Manpower, fourth-quarter 2009
  • The Second-Happiest City in the U.S., Gallup, 2011
  • #9 for "America's Most Livable Cities" from Forbes, 2010
  • "Five Star Community" from the editors of Expansion Management magazine
  • One of the Top 25 Most Literate Cities, Central Connecticut State University, 2009
  • One of "LHJ's Best Cities for Women," Ladies Home Journal
  • One of the "Best Cities for Families," from Child magazine
  • One of the "Best Sports Cities," by Sporting News
  • #2 in best prospects for a housing recovery, Forbes, 2009
  • #3 in the most affordable market for first-time home buyers,, 2009
Downtown Lincoln

Detailed Lincoln Data

Detailed data from Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

Lincoln is a City of 258,373, up over 14 percent from 2000. The City has generally enjoyed a steady annual growth rate of over one percent for the past 20 years. The City is located on Interstate 80, midway between Denver and Chicago.

Lincoln's Downtown is a thriving, mixed-use district with approximately 27,000 employees and two million visitors annually. The site is near the center of a Downtown district bounded to the west by Downtown Lincoln's premier destination district, the Historic Haymarket. The southern boundary includes the architecturally significant State Capitol building, as well as other state and local government campuses.

Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley channel

To the east of Downtown is a major $200 million urban revitalization project, the Antelope Valley Project, which has expanded the boundaries of Downtown. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus forms the northern boundary of the site. Many University facilities, including Memorial Stadium, Haymarket Park, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Love Library, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Wick Alumni Center, numerous dormitories and student housing units, and teaching and research facilities are located within a few blocks of the project site. The site is close to other Downtown office buildings and other key employment centers, retail shops and restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions.

Antelope Valley

West Haymarket Arena

The West Haymarket Arena, completed in September 2013, was the largest public investment ever in Downtown Lincoln. Recently completed or currently underway private reinvestment in Downtown Lincoln totals over $270 million. From 2000 to 2015, the City experienced over $1 billion in public and private investment in the Downtown area alone. The Pershing Center project will become part of this dynamic activity.