Nebraska ranks 16th in the U.S. in terms of total area, though with a population of 1.8 million residents it ranks 37th in the U.S. in terms of total population and 43rd in terms of population density. Like many other states in the Midwest it is rather difficult for auto shippers to transport to or from the state, mainly because of the lack of people, which makes it less cost-effective for carriers who are used to running along routes where customers are common and easy-to-find (they aren’t easy to find in Nebraska). Nebraska has been settled since the early 19th century, though it would not see statehood until 1867. With almost 90% of the state classified as rural and with most of the landscape dominated by treeless prairies, it is ideal for farming and raising livestock.
It does not help the cause that there are only two major interstates running through Nebraska, I-76 and I-80. Both of these interstates are east-west oriented, though I-80 is easily the more popular choice for auto shippers as it runs through several major cities both in Nebraska and outside of it. I-76 actually only runs for about three miles before it exits the state in the southwestern corner; I-80 runs to I-76 and there is access from I-80 to I-76. Much of the more rural areas are serviced by state routes and rural roads, which auto shippers can travel on but rarely do. Interstates are typically where auto shippers will drive, with most state routes reserved for quickly picking up or delivering vehicles for customers.
Summers in the state are typically hot, while winters are rather cold and snowy. Average highs during the summer months are typically up into the upper 80’s or lower 90’s, though during the winter months average highs typically drop down into the high 30’s or low 40’s, though it can get even colder during the depths of winter. Snow is common in Nebraska; this makes it difficult for auto shippers to transport to, from or through the state, as snow can wreak havoc on auto transport trucks if they are not careful. Transport to or from Nebraska will almost always be cheaper in the summer than the winter, due to the higher number of customers transporting their cars, more available routes to take and nicer weather all around.
Nebraska’s largest economic sector is undoubtedly agriculture; it is a major producer of beef, pork, soybeans, corn, and sorghum. Freight transport, including truck and rail transport, is another major economic sector, as are information technology, communications, manufacturing, healthcare and insurance. It is currently one of the largest producers of corn and grain in the United States and is located in the heart of the U.S. Grain Belt.
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