North Carolina State Facts – Part I

1. State Capital – Raleigh


2. State nickname – Tar Heel State; OldNorthState


3. Date Joined Union rank – 12th


4. Population – 9,535,483 (2010 Census)


5. Population rank – 10th


6. Physical Size – 53,819 sq. mi.


7. Physical Size rank – 28th


8. Population density – 179 per sq. mi.


9. Population density rank – 15th


10. Number of counties – 100


11. Largest county by population – Mecklenburg County(919,628)


12. Smallest county by population – Tyrrell County(4,407)


13. Highest elevation– Mount Mitchell(6,684 ft.)


14. Tallest building – Bank of America Corporate Center (871 ft.)


15. Lowest elevation – Atlantic Ocean(sea level)


16. Record highest temperature – 110 F (43 C) – August 21, 1983


17. Record lowest temperature – -34 F (-37 C) – January 21, 1985


18. Date Joined Union– November 21, 1789


19. State motto – Esse quam videri (official); First in Flight


20. Adjoining states or countries – South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia


21. Flag Fact – The North Carolina state flag is a tricolored red, blue, and white flag with a white star in the red portion of the flag. Circling the star are the dates of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and of the Halifax Resolves, as well as the state initials NC.


22.State quarter – The 12th quarter released, the North Carolina state quarter commemorates the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawkon December 17, 1903. The words “FIRST FLIGHT” are written above the plane.


23.State Seal – The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina was standardized in design by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1871. In 1983, the state ratified another change to the seal, including the date of the adoption of the Halifax Resolves, like the state flag.


24. State beverage – Milk


25. State bird – Cardinal