North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina

Quick Facts

Capital City:  Raleigh

Abbreviation: NC 

Population (2019): 10,488,084; Rank: 9 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region: South

Admission to Statehood: November 21, 1789 (12th State)

State Motto: Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

State Nickname: The Tar Heel State

Origin of State Name: Taken from Carolus, the Latin word for Charles, and named after England’s King Charles I

Sports Teams: Find the best High School, College, League, and Professional sports teams of North Carolina State

Bordering States: The State of North Carolina has 4 neighbors namely, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. | List of US Regions

Area Codes: 252, 336, 704, 828, 910, 919, 980

Zip Codes: North Carolina Zip Codes

Famous People: Find out all the information about the famous people born in North Carolina

State Symbols

Bird: Cardinal | List of State Birds

State Mammal: Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

State Fruit: Scuppernong Grape

State Gem: Emerald

Flag:  North Carolina flag shall consist of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter N in gilt on the left and the letter C in gilt on the right of said star, the circle containing the same to be one-third the width of the union. The fly of the flag shall consist of two equally proportioned bars; the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white; that the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be one-third more than its width. That above the star in the center of the union there shall be a gilt scroll in semi-circular form, containing in black letters this inscription “May 20th, 1775”, and that below the star there shall be a similar scroll containing in black letters the inscription: “April 12th, 1776”.   Get this Flag

Flower: Dogwood (Cornus florida) | Other State Flowers

Soil: Cecil

Song:  “The Old North State” | Words by: William Gaston | Music by: Mrs. E.E. Randolph Other State Songs | Sheet Music

Tree: Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) | Other State Trees

Quarter: North Carolina Quarter | List of State Quarters



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  • Area: 53,821 sq.mi (139,396, 28th
  • Land: 48,718 sq.mi. (126,179, 29th
  • Water: 5,103 sq.mi. (13,217, 10th
  • Coastline: 301 mi. (484 km.), 7th
  • Shoreline: 3,375 mi. (5,432 km.), 6th

Largest Cities: Charlotte | Raleigh | Greensboro | Winston-Salem | Fayetteville | Cary | Wilmington | High Point | Greenville

Highest Point: Mt. Mitchell; 6,684 feet, (2,037 m.) 16th tallest

Lowest Point: North Carolina; sea level, tied for 3rd lowest

Geographic Center: Chatham, 10 miles northwest of Sanford

Blank Outline Maps: Find printable blank map of the State of North Carolina , without names, so you can quiz yourself on important locations, abbreviations, or state capital.

City Guide:  Visit North Carolina City Guide for a look at geography, local history, architecture, and culture.

Location: North Carolina; sea level, tied for 3rd lowest

State Government

Governor: Roy Cooper (D)

Senators:  Richard Burr (R) Thom Tillis (R)

Representatives:  House Senate

Constitution:   North Carolina’s Constitution

Government Offices Directory:  Find all information here at the North Carolina government offices directory

Electoral College Votes:  15 votes

Vital Records: Find out all the information about the vital records for the state of North Carolina


Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, soybeansIndustry: Tobacco products, textile goods, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, tourism

White Pages: North Carolina White Pages