State Facts: How Much Do You Actually Know?

State Facts
In elementary school, you probably spent time learning all about the 50 US states, but how much do you remember? Sure, you can probably point out each state’s geographical location, but do you know when each state entered the union? How much do you really know about state flowers or nicknames?

To make sure your state knowledge stays fresh, here are some state facts you probably should know.

State Facts

Alabama

State Capital: Montgomery
State Abbreviation: AL
Nicknames: Yellowhammer State, Heart of Dixie
State Flower: Camellia
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 14, 1819

Alaska

State Capital: Juneau
State Abbreviation: AK
Nicknames: The Last Frontier
State Flower: Forget-me-not
Date of Entrance into the Union: January 3, 1959

Arizona

State Capital: Phoenix
State Abbreviation: AZ
Nicknames: Grand Canyon State, Copper State
State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Date of Entrance into the Union: February 14, 1912

Arkansas

State Capital: Little Rock
State Abbreviation: AR
Nicknames: Land of Opportunity, Razorback State
State Flower: Apple Blossom
Date of Entrance into the Union: June 15, 1836

California

State Capital: Sacramento
State Abbreviation: CA
Nicknames: Golden State
State Flower: California Poppy
Date of Entrance into the Union: September 9, 1850

Colorado

State Capital: Denver
State Abbreviation: CO
Nicknames: Centennial State
State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine
Date of Entrance into the Union: August 1, 1876

Connecticut

State Capital: Hartford
State Abbreviation: CT
Nicknames: Constitution State
State Flower: Mountain Laurel
Date of Entrance into the Union: January 9, 1788

Delaware

State Capital: Dover
State Abbreviation: DE
Nicknames: Blue Hen State, Diamond State
State Flower: Peach Blossom
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 7, 1787

Florida

State Capital: Tallahassee
State Abbreviation: FL
Nicknames: Sunshine State
State Flower: Orange Blossom
Date of Entrance into the Union: March 3, 1845

Georgia

State Capital: Atlanta
State Abbreviation: GA
Nicknames: Peach State, Goober State
State Flower: Cherokee Rose
Date of Entrance into the Union: January 2, 1788

Hawaii

State Capital: Honolulu
State Abbreviation: HI
Nicknames: Pineapple State, Aloha State
State Flower: Hibiscus
Date of Entrance into the Union: August 21, 1959

Idaho

State Capital: Boise
State Abbreviation: ID
Nicknames: Spud State, Gem State
State Flower: Mock Orange
Date of Entrance into the Union: July 3, 1890

Illinois

State Capital: Springfield
State Abbreviation: IL
Nicknames: Land of Lincoln, Prairie State
State Flower: Purple Violet
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 3, 1818

Indiana

State Capital: Indianapolis
State Abbreviation: IN
Nicknames: Hoosier State
State Flower: Peony
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 11, 1816

Iowa

State Capital: Des Moines
State Abbreviation: IA
Nicknames: Hawkeye State
State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 28, 1846

Kansas

State Capital: Topeka
State Abbreviation: KS
Nicknames: Sunflower State
State Flower: Sunflower
Date of Entrance into the Union: January 29, 1861

Kentucky

State Capital: Frankfort
State Abbreviation: KY
Nicknames: Bluegrass State
State Flower: Goldenrod
Date of Entrance into the Union: June 1, 1792

Louisiana

State Capital: Baton Rouge
State Abbreviation: LA
Nicknames: Pelican State
State Flower: Magnolia
Date of Entrance into the Union: April 30, 1812

Maine

State Capital: Augusta
State Abbreviation: ME
Nicknames: Pine Tree State
State Flower: White Pine Tassel and Cone
Date of Entrance into the Union: March 15, 1820

Maryland

State Capital: Annapolis
State Abbreviation: MD
Nicknames: Free State, Old Line State
State Flower: Black-eyed Susan
Date of Entrance into the Union: April 28, 1788

Massachusetts

State Capital: Boston
State Abbreviation: MA
Nicknames: Old Colony State
State Flower: Mayflower
Date of Entrance into the Union: February 6, 1788

Michigan

State Capital: Lansing
State Abbreviation: MI
Nicknames: Wolverine State
State Flower: Apple Blossom
Date of Entrance into the Union: January 26, 1837

Minnesota

State Capital: St. Paul
State Abbreviation: MN
Nicknames: Bread and Butter State, North Star State
State Flower: Pink and White Ladyslipper
Date of Entrance into the Union: May 11, 1858

Mississippi

State Capital: Jackson
State Abbreviation: MS
Nicknames: Magnolia State
State Flower: Magnolia
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 10, 1817

Missouri

State Capital: Jefferson City
State Abbreviation: MO
Nicknames: Show Me State
State Flower: Hawthorn
Date of Entrance into the Union: August 10, 1821

Montana

State Capital: Helena
State Abbreviation: MT
Nicknames: Big Sky State
State Flower: Bitterroot
Date of Entrance into the Union: November 8, 1889

Nebraska

State Capital: Lincoln
State Abbreviation: NE
Nicknames: Cornhusker State
State Flower: Goldenrod
Date of Entrance into the Union: March 1, 1867

Nevada

State Capital: Carson City
State Abbreviation: NV
Nicknames: Sagebrush State, Silver State
State Flower: Sagebrush
Date of Entrance into the Union: October 31, 1864

New Hampshire

State Capital: Concord
State Abbreviation: NH
Nicknames: Granite State
State Flower: Purple Lilac
Date of Entrance into the Union: June 21, 1788

New Jersey

State Capital: Trenton
State Abbreviation: NJ
Nicknames: Garden State
State Flower: Violet
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 18, 1787

New Mexico

State Capital: Santa Fe
State Abbreviation: NM
Nicknames: Land of Enchantment
State Flower: Yucca
Date of Entrance into the Union: January 6, 1912

New York

State Capital: Albany
State Abbreviation: NY
Nicknames: Empire State
State Flower: Rose
Date of Entrance into the Union: July 26, 1788

North Carolina

State Capital: Raleigh
State Abbreviation: NC
Nicknames: Old North State
State Flower: Flowering Dogwood
Date of Entrance into the Union: November 21, 1789

North Dakota

State Capital: Bismarck
State Abbreviation: ND
Nicknames: Roughrider State, Peace Garden State
State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose
Date of Entrance into the Union: November 2, 1889

Ohio

State Capital: Columbus
State Abbreviation: OH
Nicknames: Buckeye State
State Flower: Scarlet Carnation
Date of Entrance into the Union: March 1, 1803

Oklahoma

State Capital: Oklahoma City
State Abbreviation: OK
Nicknames: Sooner State
State Flower: Mistletoe
Date of Entrance into the Union: November 16, 1907

Oregon

State Capital: Salem
State Abbreviation: OR
Nicknames: Beaver State
State Flower: Oregon Grape
Date of Entrance into the Union: February 14, 1859

Pennsylvania

State Capital: Harrisburg
State Abbreviation: PA
Nicknames: Quaker State
State Flower: Mountain Laurel
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 12, 1787

Rhode Island

State Capital: Providence
State Abbreviation: RI
Nicknames: Little Rhody
State Flower: Violet
Date of Entrance into the Union: May 29, 1790

South Carolina

State Capital: Columbia
State Abbreviation: SC
Nicknames: Palmetto State
State Flower: Yellow Jessamine
Date of Entrance into the Union: May 23, 1788

South Dakota

State Capital: Pierre
State Abbreviation: SD
Nicknames: Coyote State
State Flower: Pasque Flower
Date of Entrance into the Union: November 2, 1889

Tennessee

State Capital: Nashville
State Abbreviation: TN
Nicknames: The Volunteer State
State Flower: Iris
Date of Entrance into the Union: June 1, 1796

Texas

State Capital: Austin
State Abbreviation: TX
Nicknames: Lone Star State
State Flower: Texas Bluebonnet
Date of Entrance into the Union: December 29, 1845

Utah

State Capital: Salt Lake City
State Abbreviation: UT
Nicknames: Beehive State
State Flower: Sego Lily
Date of Entrance into the Union: January 4, 1896

Vermont

State Capital: Montpelier
State Abbreviation: VT
Nicknames: Green Mountain State
State Flower: Red Clover
Date of Entrance into the Union: March 4, 1791

Virginia

State Capital: Richmond
State Abbreviation: VA
Nicknames: Old Dominion
State Flower: Flowering Dogwood
Date of Entrance into the Union: June 25, 1788

Washington

State Capital: Olympia
State Abbreviation: WA
Nicknames: Evergreen State
State Flower: Coast Rhododendron
Date of Entrance into the Union: November 11, 1889

West Virginia

State Capital: Charleston
State Abbreviation: WV
Nicknames: Mountain State
State Flower: Rhododendron
Date of Entrance into the Union: June 20, 1863

Wisconsin

State Capital: Madison
State Abbreviation: WI
Nicknames: Badger State
State Flower: Violet
Date of Entrance into the Union: May 29, 1848

Wyoming

State Capital: Cheyenne
State Abbreviation: WY
Nicknames: Cowboy State
State Flower: Indian Paintbrush
Date of Entrance into the Union: July 10, 1890

Okay, now that you have learned some state facts, test your knowledge by playing some of these fun United States Quizzes.

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