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NORTH CAROLINA State Facts and Figures

Interesting information you may or may not know!

State Facts

Full Name - State of North Carolina

Admitted to the Union (Rank) - November 21, 1789 (12th)

Population 2012 (Rank) - 9,752,073 (10th)

Land Area (Rank) - 48,711 square miles; 126,161 sq km (29th)

Capital - Raleigh

State Nicknames - Tar Heel State

Motto - Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)


“The Old North State” (music by E. E. Randolph, words by William Gaston)

State Symbols

Flower: Dogwood

Tree: Pine

Bird: Cardinal

Gem: Emerald

Stone: Granite

Mammal: Gray squirrel

Reptile: Eastern box turtle

Fruit: Scuppernong grape


Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, soybeans

Industry: Tobacco products, textile goods, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, tourism

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