Random Thoughts 104

State Nicknames

There are 50 states in the United States of America and each has one or more nicknames, some of which are official and some of which are not. I was reminded of this while watching news coverage of the U.S. Presidential election when commentators occasionally referred to states by their nicknames. The following is a list of the states and their nicknames.


Alabama: Cotton State, Yellowhammer State

Alaska: The Last Frontier

Arizona: Grand Canyon State

Arkansas: Natural State

California: Golden State

Colorado: Centennial State

Connecticut: Nutmeg State, Constitution State

Delaware: First State, Diamond State

Florida: Sunshine State

Georgia: Peach State, Empire State of the South

Hawaii: Aloha State

Idaho: Gem State

Illinois: Prairie State, Land of Lincoln

Indiana: Hoosier State

Iowa: Hawkeye State, Corn State

Kansas: Sunflower State, Jayhawker State

Kentucky: Bluegrass State

Louisiana: Pelican State, Creole State, Sugar State

Maine: Pine Tree State

Maryland: Free State, Old Line State

Massachusetts: Bay State, Old Colony State

Michigan: Wolverine State, Great Lake State

Minnesota: North Star State, Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes State, Land of Sky Blue Waters

Mississippi: Magnolia State

Missouri: Show Me State

Montana: Treasure State, Big Sky Country

Nebraska: Cornhusker State, Beef State

Nevada: Silver State, Sagebrush State, Battle Born State

New Hampshire: Granite State

New Jersey: Garden State

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment, Sunshine State

New York: Empire State

North Carolina: Tar Heel State, Old North State

North Dakota: Flickertail State, Sioux State, Peace Garden State

Ohio: Buckeye State

Oklahoma: Sooner State

Oregon: Beaver State

Pennsylvania: Keystone State

Rhode Island: Ocean State, Little Rhody

South Carolina: Palmetto State

South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State

Tennessee: Volunteer State

Texas: Lone Star State

Utah: Beehive State

Vermont: Green Mountain State

Virginia: The Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents

Washington: Evergreen State, Chinook State

West Virginia: Mountain State

Wisconsin: Badger State, America’s Dairyland

Wyoming: Equality State

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