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Offical Name State of Maryland
Nicknames Free State, Old Line State
Abbreviations MD, US-MD
Origin of Name After Henrieta Maria, Queen Consort of King Charles I of England

Official Language None
Admission to Union 28 April 1788
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Annapolis
Largest City Baltimore
Population 5,296,486 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: dairy, seafood, cucumbers, watermelons, sweet corn, tomatoes, muskmelons, squash, peas, tobacco, poultry

Industry: services, tourism, food-processing, manufacturing, electronics, computer equipment, chemicals, mining (brownstone, coal)

Area 12,417 square miles (32,160 km2)
Major Rivers Patapsco River, Patuxent River, Susquehanna River, Potomac River
Major Lakes Deep Creek Lake, Loch Raven Reservoir, Prettyboy Reservoir, Lake Oakland
Highest Point Backbone Mountain - 3,360 feet (1,024 meters)
Bordering States Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Delaware
Bordering Country None
Bordering Bodies of Water Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay

Flag Maryland Flag
Song Maryland, My Maryland
Cat Calico Cat
Dog Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Bird Baltimore Oriole
Horse Thoroughbred Horse
Insect Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly
Reptile Diamondback Terrapin
Crustacean Blue Crab
Dinosaur Astrodon Johnstoni
Fossil Ecphora Gardnerae Gardnerae
Flower Black-eyed Susan
Tree White Oak
Beverage Milk
Gem Patuxent River Stone
Folk Dance Square Dance
Boat Skipjack
Theatres Olney Theatre, Center Stage
Sport Jousting
Team Sport Lacrosse

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