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List of The 50 States

Updated on January 11, 2014

#1 Delaware

State Capital: Dover

Largest City: Wilmington

Population: 917,092

Nickname(s): The First State; The Small Wonder; Blue Hen State; The Diamond State

State Motto(s): Liberty and Independence

State Bird: Blue Hen of Delaware

State Flower: Peach Blossom



#2 Pennsylvania

State Capital: Harrisburg

Largest City: Philadelphia

Population: 12,773,801

Nickname(s): Keystone State; Quaker State; Coal State; Oil State; State of Independence

State Motto(s): Virtue, Liberty and Independence

State Bird: Ruffed Grouse

State Flower: Kalmia Latifolia

#3 New Jersey

State Capital: Trenton

Largest City: Newark

Population: 8,899,339

Nickname(s): The Garden State

State Motto(s): Liberty and Prosperity

State Bird: American Goldfinch

State Flower: Viola Sororia

#4 Georgia

State Capital: Atlanta

Largest City: Atlanta

Population: 9,992,167

Nickname(s): Peach State; Empire State of The South

State Motto(s): Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation

State Bird: Brown Thrasher

State Flower: Rosa Laevigata

#5 Connecticut

State Capital: Hartford

Largest City: Bridgeport

Population: 3,596,080

Nickname(s): The Constitution State; The Nutmeg State; The Provisions; The Land of Steady Habits

State Motto(s): Qui transtulit sustinet.

State Bird: American Robin

State Flower: Kalmia Latifolia

#6 Massachusetts

State Capital: Boston

Largest City: Boston

Population: 6,692,824

Nickname(s): The Bay State; The Old Colony State; The Codfish State

State Motto(s): Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem

State Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee

State Flower: Epigaea Repens

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#8 South Carolina

State Capital: Columbia

Largest City: Columbia

Population: 4,723,723

Nickname(s): The Palmetto State

State Motto(s): Dum Spiro Spero Animis opibusque parati

State Bird: Carolina Wren

State Flower: Yellow Jessamine

#9 New Hampshire

State Capital: Concord

Largest City: Manchester

Population: 1,323,459

Nickname(s): The Granite State

State Motto(s): Live Free or Die

State Bird: Purple Finch

State Flower: Purple Lilac

#10 Virginia

State Capital: Richmond

Largest City: Virginia Beach

Population: 8,260,405

Nickname(s): Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents; Mother of States

State Motto(s): Sic semper tyrannis

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Cornus Florida

#11 New York

State Capital: Albany

Largest City: New York City

Population: 19,651,127

Nickname(s): The Empire State

State Motto(s): Excelsior

State Bird: Eastern Bluebird

State Flower: Rose

#12 North Carolina

State Capital: Raleigh

Largest City: Charlotte

Population: 9,848,060

Nickname(s): Tar Heel State; Old North State

State Motto(s): Esse quam videri

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Cornus Florida

#13 Rhode Island

State Capital: Providence

Largest City: Providence

Population: 1,050,292

Nickname(s): The Ocean State; Little Rhodey

State Motto(s): Hope

State Bird: Rhode Island Red

State Flower: Viola

#14 Vermont

State Capital: Montpelier

Largest City: Burlington

Population: 626,630

Nickname(s): The Green Mountain State

State Motto(s): Freedom and Unity

State Bird: Hermit Thrush

State Flower: Red Clover

#15 Kentucky

State Capital: Frankfurt

Largest City: Louisville

Population: 4,395,295

Nickname(s): Bluegrass State

State Motto(s): United We Stand Divided We Fall, and Deo gratiam habeamus

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Goldenrod

#16 Tennessee

State Capital: Nashville

Largest City: Memphis

Population: 6,495,978

Nickname(s): The Volunteer State

State Motto(s): Agriculture and Commerce

State Bird: Northern Mockingbird

State Flower: Iris

#17 Ohio

State Capital: Columbus

Largest City: Columbus

Population: 11,570,808

Nickname(s): The Buckeye State; The Mother of Presidents; Birthplace of Aviation; The Heart of it All

State Motto(s): With God, all things are possible

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Scarlet Carnation

#18 Louisiana

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Nickname(s): Bayou State; Child of The Mississippi; Creole State; Pelican State; Sportsman's Paradise; Sugar State

State Motto(s): Union, Justice and Confidence

State Bird: Brown Pelican

State Flower: Magnolia

#19 Indiana

State Capital: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis

Population: 6,570,902

Nickname(s): The Hoosier State

State Motto(s): The Crossroads of America

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Paeonia

#20 Mississippi

State Capital: Jackson

Largest City: Jackson

Population: 2,984,926

Nickname(s): The Magnolia State; The Hospitality State

State Motto(s): Virtute et Armis

State Bird: Northern Mockingbird

State Flower: Magnolia

#21 Illinois

State Capital: Springfeild

Largest City: Chicago

Population: 12,882,135

Nickname(s): Land of Lincoln; The Prarie State

State Motto(s): State Sovereignty, National Union

State Bird: Northern Cardinal

State Flower: Viola

#22 Alabama

State Capital: Montgomery

Largest City: Birmingham

Population:4,833,722

Nickname(s): Yellowhammer State; Heart of Dixie; Cotton State

State Motto(s): Audemus jura nostra defendere

State Bird: Yellow Hammer

State Flower: Camellia

#23 Maine

State Capital: Augusta

Largest City: Portland

Population: 1,328,302

Nickname(s): The Pine Tree State; Vacationland

State Motto(s): Dirigo

State Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee

State Flower: White Pine Cone

#24 Missouri

State Capital: Jefferson City

Largest City: Kansas City

Population: 6,021,988

Nickname(s): The Show Me State

State Motto(s): Salus populi suprema lex esto

State Bird: Eastern Bluebird

State Flower: Crataegus Punctata

#25 Arkansas

State Capital: Little Rock

Largest City: Little Rock

Population: 2,949,131

Nickname(s): The Natural State; The Land of Opportunity

State Motto(s): Regnat populus

State Bird: Northern Mockingbird

State Flower: Apple Blossem

#26 Michigan

State Capital: Lansing

Largest City: Detroit

Population: 9,895,622

Nickname(s): The Great Lakes State; The Wolverine State; The Mitten State; Water (Winter) Wonderland

State Motto(s): Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice

State Bird: American Robin

State Flower: Apple Blossom

#27 Florida

State Capital: Tallahassee

Largest City: Jacksonville

Population: 19,552,860

Nickname(s): The Sunshine State

State Motto(s): In God We Trust

State Bird: Northern Mockingbird

State Flower: Orange Blossom

#28 Texas

State Capital: Austin

Largest City: Houston

Population: 26,448,193

Nickname(s): The Lone Star State

State Motto(s): Friendship

State Bird: Northern Mockingbird

State Flower: Bluebonnet

#29 Iowa

State Capital: Des Moines

Largest City: Des Moines

Population: 3,090,416

Nickname(s): The Hawkeye State

State Motto(s): Our liberties we prize, our rights we will maintain.

State Bird: American Goldfinch

State Flower: Rosa Arkansana

#30 Wisconsin

State Capital: Madison

Largest City: Milwaukee

Population: 5,726,398

Nickname(s): Badger State; America's Dairy Land

State Motto(s): Forward

State Bird: American Robin

State Flower: Viola Sororia

#31 California

State Capital: Sacramento

Largest City: Los Angeles

Population: 38,332,521

Nickname(s): The Golden State

State Motto(s): Eureka

State Bird: California Quail

State Flower: Eschscholzia Californica

#32 Minnesota

State Capital: Saint Paul

Largest City: Minneapolis

Population: 5,420,380

Nickname(s): Land of 10,000 Lakes; North Star State; The Gopher State

State Motto(s): L'Étoile du Nord

State Bird: Common Loon

State Flower: Cypripedium Reginae

#33 Oregon

State Capital: Salem

Largest City: Portland

Population: 3,899,353

Nickname(s): Beaver State

State Motto(s): Alis volat propriis

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Oregon Grape

#34 Kansas

State Capital:Topeka

Largest City: Wichita

Population: 2,893,957

Nickname(s): The Sunflower State; The Wheat State; Jayhawker State

State Motto(s): Ad astra per aspera

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Wild Sunflower

#35 West Virginia

State Capital: Charleston

Largest City: Charleston

Population: 1,855,413

Nickname(s): Mountain State

State Motto(s): Montani semper liberi

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Rhododendron

#36 Nevada

State Capital: Carson City

Largest City: Las Vegas

Population: 2,758,931

Nickname(s): Silver State; Sagebrush State; Batlle Born State

State Motto(s): All For Our Country

State Bird: Mountain Bluebird

State Flower: Sagebrush

#37 Nebraska

State Capital: Lincoln

Largest City: Omaha

Population: 1,868,516

Nickname(s): Cornhusker State

State Motto(s): Equality Before the Law

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Goldenrod

#38 Colorado

State Capital: Denver

Largest City: Denver

Population: 5,187,582

Nickname(s): The Centennial State

State Motto(s): Nil sine numine

State Bird: Lark Bunting

State Flower: Aquilegia Saximontana

#39 North Dakota

State Capital: Bismark

Largest City: Fargo

Population: 723,393

Nickname(s): Peace Garden State; Roughrider State; Flickertail State

State Motto(s): Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Rosa Arkansana

#40 South Dakota

State Capital: Pierre

Largest City: Sioux Falls

Population: 844,877

Nickname(s): The Mount Rushmore State

State Motto(s): Under God The People Rule

State Bird: Ring-Necked Pheasant

State Flower: American Pasque Flower

#41 Montana

State Capital: Helena

Largest City: Billings

Population: 1,005,141

Nickname(s): Big Sky Country; The Treasure State

State Motto(s): Oro y Plata

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Bitterroot

#42 Washington

State Capital: Olympia

Largest City: Seattle

Population: 6,971,406

Nickname(s): The Evergreen State

State Motto(s): Alki

State Bird: American Goldfinch

State Flower: Rhododendron Macrophyllum

#43 Idaho

State Capital: Boise

Largest City: Boise

Population: 1,595,728

Nickname(s): Gem State

State Motto(s): Esto perpetua

State Bird: Mountain Bluebird

State Flower: Philadelphus Lewisii

#44 Wyoming

State Capital: Cheyenne

Largest City: Cheyenne

Population: 582,658

Nickname(s): Equality State; Cowboy State; Big Wyoming

State Motto(s): Equal Rights

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Castilleja Linariifolia

#45 Utah

State Capital: Salt Lake City

Largest City: Salt Lake City

Population: 2,900,872

Nickname(s): Beehive State

State Motto(s): Industry

State Bird: California Gull

State Flower: Calochortus Nuttallii

#46 Oklahoma

State Capital: Oklahoma City

Largest City: Oklahoma City

Population: 3,814,820

Nickname(s): Sooner State

State Motto(s): Labor omnia vincit

State Bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

State Flower: Rosa 'Oklahoma'

#47 New Mexico

State Capital: Santa Fe

Largest City: Albuquerque

Population: 2,085,538

Nickname(s): Land of Enchantment

State Motto(s): Crescit eundo

State Bird: Greater Roadrunner

State Flower: Yucca

#48 Arizona

State Capital: Phoenix

Largest City: Phoenix

Population: 6,626,624

Nickname(s): The Grand Canyon State; The Copper State

State Motto(s): Ditat Deus

State Bird: Cactus Wren

State Flower: Saguaro

#49 Alaska

State Capital: Juneau

Largest City: Anchorage

Population: 735,132

Nickname(s): The Last Frontier

State Motto(s): North to the Future

State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan

State Flower: Forget-Me-Not

#50 Hawaii

State Capital: Honolulu

Largest City: Honolulu

Population: 1,392,313

Nickname(s): The Aloha State; Paradise; The Islands of Aloha

State Motto(s): Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Āina i ka Pono

State Bird: Nene Goose

State Flower: Yellow Hibiscus

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi, I found the easiest way to teach children from the US all the states is with a puzzle. Then you can follow up with information about interesting facts about each state. I thought the poll statistics were interesting. Best Wishes.