North Carolina Facts



North Carolina Facts


North Carolina became the 12th state of the United States on November 21, 1789.

North Carolina County List:
* Alamance* Alexander* Alleghany* Anson* Ashe* Avery* Beaufort* Bertie* Bladen* Brunswick* Buncombe* Burke* Cabarrus* Caldwell* Camden* Carteret* Caswell* Catawba* Chatham* Cherokee* Chowan* Clay* Cleveland* Columbus* Craven* Cumberland* Currituck* Dare* Davidson* Davie* Duplin* Durham* Edgecombe* Forsyth* Franklin* Gaston* Gates* Graham* Granville* Greene* Guilford* Halifax* Harnett* Haywood* Henderson* Hertford* Hoke* Hyde* Iredell* Jackson* Johnston* Jones* Lee* Lenoir* Lincoln* Macon* Madison* Martin* McDowell* Mecklenburg* Mitchell* Montgomery* Moore* Nash* New Hanover* Northampton* Onslow* Orange* Pamlico* Pasquotank* Pender* Perquimans* Person* Pitt* Polk* Randolph* Richmond* Robeson* Rockingham* Rowan* Rutherford* Sampson* Scotland* Stanly* Stokes* Surry* Swain* Transylvania* Tyrrell* Union* Vance* Wake* Warren* Washington* Watauga* Wayne* Wilkes* Wilson* Yadkin* Yancey *

More Facts About North Carolina:

  • State Flag: Adopted in 1885

  • State Motto: "Esse Quam Videri" (To Be Rather Than to Seem)

  • State Capital: Raleigh

  • State Abbreviation: NC

  • State Name of Residents: North Carolinians

  • Date State Entered the Union: November 21, 1789

  • State Size: 53,821 square miles - 28th largest state

  • State Colors: Red and Blue

  • State Song: The Old North State

  • State Nick Name: Tar Heel State

  • State Tree: Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)

  • State Flower: Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

  • State Vegetable: Sweet Potato

  • State Mammal: Gray squirrel

  • State Bird: Cardinal

  • State Dog: Plott Hound

  • State Fish: Channel bass

  • State Seashell: Scotch bonnet

  • State Reptile: Eastern box turtle

  • State Precious Stone: Emerald

  • State Rock: Granite

  • State Soil: North Carolina Cecil

  • State Beverage: Milk

  • State Historical Boat: Shad Boat

  • State Major Rivers: Neuse River, Roanoke River, Yadkin River

  • State Major Lakes: Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Phelps, Lake Waccamaw

  • State Highest Point: Mt. Mitchell - 6,684 feet (2,037 m) above sea level

  • Bordering States: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

  • State Name Origin: North Carolina was named to honor King Charles I (Carolus is Latin for Charles).

  • State Largest City: Charlotte

  • State Other Largest Cities: Charlotte, West Raleigh, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, High Point, Wilmington

  • State Number of Counties: 100






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