🇺🇸 Lincoln is the capital city of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the south-eastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas.
Economy Lincoln's economy is fairly typical of a mid-sized American city; most economic activity is derived from the service and manufacturing industries. Government and the University of Nebraska are both large contributors to the local economy. Other prominent industries in Lincoln include finance, insurance, publishing, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, railroads, high technology, information technology, medical, education and truck transport.
One of the largest employers is Bryan Health, which consists of two major hospitals and several large outpatient facilities across the city. Healthcare and medical jobs account for a large portion of Lincoln's employment: as of 2009, full-time healthcare employees in the city included 9,010 healthcare practitioners in technical occupations, 4,610 workers in healthcare support positions, 780 licensed and vocational nurses, and 150 medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Several national business were originally established in Lincoln; these include student lender Nelnet, Ameritas, Assurity, Fort Western Stores, CliffsNotes and HobbyTown USA. Several regional restaurant chains began in Lincoln, including Amigos/Kings Classic, Runza Restaurants, and Valentino's.
The Lincoln area makes up a part of what is known as the greater Midwest Silicon Prairie. The city is also a part of a rapidly growing craft brewing industry. In 2013, Lincoln ranked No. 4 on Forbes' list of the Best Places for Business and Careers, No. 1 on "NerdWallet's Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2015 and No. 2 on SmartAsset's Cities with the Best Work-life Balance in 2019.
Principal employers According to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the principal employers of the city are: 1 State of Nebraska; 2 Lincoln Public Schools; 3 University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 4 Bryan Health; 5 US Government; 6 City of Lincoln; 7 Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center; 8 BNSF Railway; 9 Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital; 10 Duncan Aviation.
Military The Nebraska Air and Army National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters are in Lincoln along with other major units of the Nebraska National Guard. During the early years of the Cold War, the Lincoln Airport was the Lincoln Air Force Base; currently, the Nebraska Air National Guard, along with the Nebraska Army National Guard, have joint-use facilities with the Lincoln Airport.
Lincoln was ranked #1144 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Lincoln has a population of over 289,102 people. Lincoln also forms part of the wider Lincoln-Beatrice metropolitan area which has a population of over 356,083 people. Lincoln is the #152 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.8937 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.