North Carolina State
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North Carolina State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted North Carolina as the 12th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about North Carolina.

State Name:
North Carolina

Abbreviation:
NC

Capital:
Raleigh

Date of Statehood:
November 21, 1789

Population:
8,683,242 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
North Carolina's agricultural crops include tobacco, corn, cotton, hay, peanuts, and vegetable.

Primary Industry:
North Carolina is the nation's largest furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile producer. This production is highly diversified, with metalworking, chemicals, and paper constituting enormous industries.

Nickname:
The Tar Heel State

Motto:
Esse Quam Videri (To be rather than to seem.)

Flower:
American Dogwood (Legislation of 1941)
Picture of the American Dogwood, the official state flower of North Carolina.

Tree:
Pine (Legislation of 1963)

Bird:
Cardinal (Legislation of 1943)
Picture of the Cardinal, the official state bird of North Carolina.
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Fish:
Channel Bass (Legislation of 1971)

Insect:
Honey Bee (Legislation of 1973)

Gemstone:
Emerald (Legislation of 1973)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of North Carolina.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of North Carolina.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of North Carolina.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of North Carolina state.
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