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Offical Name State of North Carolina
Nicknames Cackalacky, North Cackalacky, Old North State, The Goodliest Land, The Rip Van Winkle State, The Tar Heel State
Abbreviations NC, US-NC
Origin of Name After King Charles I of England

Official Language English
Admission to Union 21 November 1789
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Raleigh
Largest City Charlotte
Population 8,049,313 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: poultry and eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, sweet potatoes, soybeans

Industry: textiles, chemicals, electrical equipment, paper and pulp/paper products, finanical services, biotechnology

Area 53,865 square miles (139,509 km2)
Major Rivers Roanoke River, Yadkin River, Neuse River
Major Lakes Lake Phelps, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Mattamuskeet
Highest Point Mount Mitchell - 6,684 feet (2,038 meters)
Bordering States South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia
Bordering Country None
Bordering Bodies of Water Atlantic Ocean, Pamlico Sound

Flag North Carolina Flag
Motto "Esse quam videri" - To be rather than to seem
Song The Old North State
Toast North Caroline State Toast
International Festival Folkmoot USA
Military Academy Oak Ridge Military Academy
Northeastern Watermelon Festival Hertford County Watermelon Festival
Southeastern Watermelon Festival Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival
Land Mammal Eastern Grey Squirrel
Domestic Mammal Plott Hound
Bird Cardinal
Insect Honeybee
Saltwater Fish Channel Bass
Reptile Eastern Box Turtle
Shell Scotch Bonnet
Flower Dogwood
Wildflower Carolina Lily
Fruit Scuppernong Grape
Red Berry Strawberry
Blue Berry Blueberry
Vegetable Sweet Potato
Tree Longleaf Pine
Christmas Tree Fraser Fir
Carnivorous Plant Venus Flytrap
Beverage Milk
Rock Granite
Precious Stone Emerald
Folk Dance Clogging
Popular Dance The Carolina Shag
Historical Boat Shad Boat
Tartan Carolina Tartan
Colors Blue, Red

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