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            Quick Facts and Information About North Carolina

            North Carolina is a state in the southeastern United States, and it is bordered by Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and the Atlantic Ocean. This page lists some basic, quick facts about North Carolina and provides links to other useful information.

            Quick Facts

            Date North Carolina became a state: November 21, 1789 (12th state)

            State Capital: Raleigh (Wake County)

            : Roy Cooper

            State Motto: Esse Quam Videri: To be rather than to seem

            State Song: The Old North State

            State Colors: Red and Blue

            State Bird: Cardinal

            State Flower: Dogwood

            State Name Origin and Nicknames: Carolina, the Tar Heel State, the Old North State

            $575,605,000,000 (2018, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)

            Population Estimate: 10,383,620 people (, 2018) ()

            Population Rank: 9th largest state in the United States

            Largest City (Population): Charlotte -- 830,258 ()

            Total Land Area: 48,617.91 square miles

            Land Area Rank: 28th largest state in the United States by land area

            Number of Counties: 100

            Highest Point in North Carolina: (6,683 feet)

            Distance Between Murphy and Manteo: 546 miles (driving); 474.5 miles (direct, "as the crow flies")

            Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives: 13

            Seats in the N.C. General Assembly: 120 members in the House; 50 members in the Senate. Find your state legislators at

            Links to useful information

            (NC Office of Budget and Management)

            Locate for North Carolina (U.S. House of Representatives website)

            Locate for North Carolina (U.S. Senate website)

            website (NC State Legislature)

            North Carolina State Symbols and other Official Adoptions (NCpedia article)

            (NC State Bureau of Investigation)

            (NC Public Schools)

            (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

            (NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer 江西11选5开奖视频, 2018)

            (NC Office of Budget and Management: population, labor, education, transportation, agriculture, and other data for NC)

            Updated July 2019

            Image credit:

            TUBS. North Carolina in United States. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons, (accessed October 2, 2016).




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            The "Quick Facts" about North Carolina still list Pat McCrory as the governor when it should be Roy Cooper.
            Thank you


            Dear Kathryn,

            Thank you for alerting us. The article has been corrected.

            Marie Jones, Government and Heritage Library


            Was the name Early a common name in that. Region


            Hi Boyd,

            Thank you for visiting NCpedia and sharing this question. That's a very good question!

            I have forwarded your questions to reference services at the NC Government & Heritage Library. A reference librarian will contact you shortly to try to help with your questions if you're still looking for information.

            Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library


            If you are looking for information about districts for Representatives and Senators in the North Carolina General Assembly, there is some information on their website. .


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