List of U.S. state and territory nicknames
The following is a table of U.S. state and territory nicknames, including officially adopted nicknames and other traditional nicknames for the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as five U.S. territories.
State and territory nicknamesEdit
Current official state and territory nicknames are highlighted in bold. A state nickname is not to be confused with an official state motto.
|District of Columbia[a]|
|Northern Mariana Islands[a]|
|U.S. Virgin Islands[a]|
- No official nickname.
- Though this phrase is used on license plates, it is unclear if it is the official nickname of the Northern Mariana Islands.
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- Introduction to Alabama, 50 States, retrieved April 24, 2009.
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Alabama does not have an official nickname.
- "Heart of Dixie". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2004-06-29. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
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- Ariz. HB 2549 Officially adopted by Arizona on February 14, 2011
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- "Colorado State Flower". Colorado State Symbols & Emblems. State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
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- Denver, Colorado
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- Colorado Ski Country USA history Archived 2014-03-16 at archive.today
- Introduction to Colorado, 50 States, retrieved April 24, 2009.
- Dermondy, K.C. (May 6, 2014). "Colorado's 10 Most Picturesque Mountain Towns | OutThere Colorado". OutThere Colorado. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
This “Switzerland of America” as it’s often called, sits deep in the heart of the dramatic San Juan Mountains. It’s lined with grand Victorian buildings and is home to natural hot springs where you can soak up all of that scenery while relaxing in the soothing warm waters.
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- "Jewel among the states (Quotation)". Monticello.ORG. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- Barry Popik, Smoky City, barrypopik.com website, March 27, 2005
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- Farhi, Paul. (2010, July 30). After initial obscurity, 'The DMV' nickname for Washington area picks up speed. Washington Post. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- Introduction to Florida, 50 States, retrieved April 24, 2009.
- "Florida nicknamed 'gunshine state' for having highest number of concealed carry permits". Fox13 Tampa Bay. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
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- "Hawaii Revised Statutes § 5-7". Archived from the original on October 19, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
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- "Nicknames: America's 50 States (Second of Four Parts)". Voice of America. VOA Special English program. 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
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- "Illinois". Illinois State Symbols & Emblems. Retrieved 2007-04-29.
- Introduction to Illinois, 50 States, retrieved April 24, 2009.
- The unofficial sobriquet of the State of Indiana has given rise to the humorous constructions Hoosierana (the land of Hoosiers; see uses in Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame Archived 2005-09-12 at the Wayback Machine and by sports journalist Frank DeFord) and Hoosierstan (the place of Hoosiers).
- "Iowa State Nickname - "The Hawkeye State"". State Symbols USA. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
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- Judy Colbert, Off the Beaten Path: Maryland and Delaware, 8th ed., 2007, ISBN 978-0-7627-4418-3.
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- "Nicknames: America's 50 States (Third of Four Parts)". Voice of America. VOA Special English program. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Archives of Maryland Online Archived 2010-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Introduction to Massachusetts, 50 States, retrieved April 24, 2009.
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- Andrew Ryan, Report: 'Taxachusetts' label remains part of Massachusetts' past, Boston Globe, April 6, 2007.
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- Holland, Meegan (15 March 2010). "Death of Michigan's only Wolverine brings up question: Why are we still the Wolverine State?". MLive. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- Jess Myer s, Hockey roots run deep in Minnesota, ESPN.com, February 10, 2004
- In Montana, a Popular Expression Is Taken Off the Endangered List New York Times, August 17, 2008; Retrieved February 28, 2011
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- "New Hampshire Almanac >Fast New Hampshire Facts". State of New Hampshire official website. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
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- "Why We are Called Tar Heels". UNC Libraries. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
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- "It's official: Ohio IS the birthplace of aviation". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 2003-06-14. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
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- "Nicknames: America's 50 States (Fourth of Four Parts)". Voice of America. VOA Special English program. 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Writer John Francon Williams included a mention of Oregon as being the ‘Beaver State’ in 1892 in his book:The Advanced Class-Book of Modern Geography: Physical, Political, Commercial, by William Hughes and John Francon Williams, publ., London, George Philip & Son (1892) page 629: ‘OREGON, the ‘Beaver State,’ extends north of California to the Columbia River, which divides it from Washington.’
- "Oregon's license plate from 1960 to circa 1966". Plate Shack. Retrieved 2007-07-12.
- "98.03.04: The Taínos of Puerto Rico: Rediscovering Borinquen". Yale.edu. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
- "Iodine". South Carolina Encyclopedia. 2007-04-14. Archived from the original on May 19, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
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- Tennessee Symbols and Honors, in Tennessee Blue Book
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- http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/world/CA_USVI.html Worldlicenseplates.com. U.S. Virgin Islands. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- http://www.ducksters.com/geography/state.php?State=Virgin%20Islands Virgin Islands (Ducksters.com). Retrieved November 24, 2017.
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- "State it on a plate — Over the years, slogans, designs have taken some poetic license". Deseret News. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- Johnston, Ross B. (1926). West Virginia "the Switzerland of America" : a brief guide for tourists to some of its many scenic and historic places. Charleston, W. Va.: West Virginia Dept. of Agriculture. OCLC 9814800.
- "Wisconsin State Symbols Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine" in Wisconsin Blue Book 2005-2006, p. 966. Wisconsin has no Official nickname.
- Dornfeld, Margaret; Hantula, Richard (2010). Wisconsin: It's my state!. Marshall Cavendish. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-60870-062-2.
- Urdang, Laurence (1988). Names and Nicknames of Places and Things. Penguin Group USA. p. 8. ISBN 9780452009073.
"America's Dairyland" A nickname of Wisconsin
- Kane, Joseph Nathan; Alexander, Gerard L. (1979). Nicknames and sobriquets of U.S. cities, States, and counties. Scarecrow Press. p. 412. ISBN 9780810812550.
Wisconsin - America's Dairyland, The Badger State ... The Copper State ...
- Herman, Jennifer L. (2008). Wisconsin Encyclopedia, American Guide. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 10. ISBN 9781878592613.
Nicknames Wisconsin is generally known as The Badger State, The Dairy State, or America's Dairyland, although in the past it has been nicknamed The Copper State.