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List of U.S. state and territory nicknames

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Map of the United States showing the state nicknames as hogs. Lithograph by Mackwitz, St. Louis, 1884.

The following is a table of U.S. state and territory nicknames, including officially adopted nicknames, and other traditional nicknames for individual states and territories of the United States (and the District of Columbia).

Contents

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.

State Nickname(s)
  Alabama
[1][A]
  Alaska
  American Samoa[A]
  • Football Island[s][8]
  Arizona
  Arkansas
  California


  Colorado
  Connecticut
  Delaware
  • Chemical Capital of the World[27] (due to one time being the corporate headquarters for several international chemical companies.)
  • Corporate Capital (due to the state's business-friendly incorporation laws)[27]
  • Diamond State (Thomas Jefferson is supposed to have referred to Delaware as being like a diamond- small in size but great in value)[28]
  • Blue Hen State or Blue Hen Chicken State[29]
  • The First State[27][30] (Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; currently used on license plates)
  • Peach State[27] (no longer used; see Georgia)
  • Small Wonder[27]
  District of Columbia
  • Nation's Capital[31]
  • DMV (nickname for the broader metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia)[31]
  • Inside the Beltway
  Florida
  Georgia
  • Peach State[33] (currently used on license plates)
  • Cracker State — Along with Florida, Georgia had been called "The Cracker State" in earlier times, perhaps a derogatory term that referred to immigrants, called "crackers," from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.[34] See also Atlanta Crackers: Origin of the name
  • Empire State of the South — Georgia is the largest state in land area east of the Mississippi and was the leading industrial state of the Old South.[35]
  • Yankee-land of the South: Similarly to the above nickname, "Yankee-land of the South" speaks to industrial and economic development in the south. This nickname may be used in a derogatory sense.[36]
  • Goober State — Refers to peanuts, the official state crop.[37]
  • State of Adventure (On highway welcome signs)
  Guam[A]
  • Land of the Chamorro[38]
  • Hub of the Pacific
  • Gateway to Micronesia
  Hawaii
  Idaho
  Illinois[47]
  Indiana
  Iowa
  Kansas
  Kentucky
  Louisiana
  Maine
  Maryland
  Massachusetts
  • Baked Bean State[57]
  • Codfish State (formerly represented on license plates by a codfish)
  • The Bay State[57]
  • Old Colony State[58]
  • Pilgrim State[57]
  • The Spirit of America (currently used on license plates)
  • The People's Republic of Massachusetts (colloquial)
  • Taxachusetts (colloquial)[59][60][61][62][63]
  Michigan
  • The Great Lakes State (previously used on license plates)
  • Water Wonderland and Water-Winter Wonderland (previously used on license plates)
  • The Wolverine State[64]
  • The Mitten State
  Minnesota
  • Gopher State[13]
  • Land of 10,000 Lakes ("10,000 Lakes" currently used on license plates)
  • New England of the West[13]
  • North Star State
  • State of Hockey[65]
  • Bread and Butter State[13]
  Mississippi
  Missouri
  Montana
  • Big Sky Country (previously used on license plates)
  • The Last Best Place[66]
  • Treasure State (currently used on license plates)
  Nebraska
  • Antelope State[67]
  • Beef State (previously used on license plates)
  • Cornhusker State (previously used on license plates)[68][67]
  • Bugeating State[69][67]
  • Blackwater State[13][67]
  • The Good Life (as seen on state border signs)
  • Tree Planters State[67]
  Nevada
  New Hampshire
  New Jersey
  New Mexico
  New York
  North Carolina
   North Dakota
  Northern Mariana Islands[A]
  • America's Best Kept Secret[77]
  Ohio
  Oklahoma
  Oregon
  Pennsylvania
  Puerto Rico
  Rhode Island
  South Carolina
  South Dakota
  Tennessee
  Texas
  U.S. Virgin Islands[A]
  • American Paradise[91]
  Utah
  Vermont
  Virginia
  • Mother of Presidents[13]
  • Mother of States[13]
  • The Old Dominion[29]
  Washington
  West Virginia
  Wisconsin
[95][A]
  • Badger State[13]
  • The Mitten State
  • America's Dairyland[96][97] (Also on license plates since a 1939 state law)[95]
  • The Copper State (historical)[98][99]
  • The Dairy State
  Wyoming
  • Cowboy State
  • Equality State
  • Forever West (on highway welcome signs)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

A. ^ No official niokname

ReferencesEdit

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  34. ^ "Folklife: Customs and Local Traditions". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. University of Georgia Press. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
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  49. ^ 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).
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  81. ^ 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.’
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  84. ^ Progress Island U.S.A.
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  89. ^ a b c d e Tennessee Symbols and Honors, in Tennessee Blue Book
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  91. ^ http://www.ducksters.com/geography/state.php?State=Virgin%20Islands Virgin Islands (Ducksters.com). Retrieved November 24, 2017.
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  93. ^ "State it on a plate — Over the years, slogans, designs have taken some poetic license". Deseret News. 
  94. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  95. ^ a b "Wisconsin State Symbols Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine." in Wisconsin Blue Book 2005-2006, p. 966. Wisconsin has no Official nickname.
  96. ^ Dornfeld, Margaret; Hantula, Richard (2010). Wisconsin: It's my state!. Marshall Cavendish. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-60870-062-2. 
  97. ^ Urdang, Laurence (1988). Names and Nicknames of Places and Things. Penguin Group USA,. p. 8. ISBN 9780452009073. "America's Dairyland" A nickname of Wisconsin 
  98. ^ 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 ... 
  99. ^ 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. 

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