North Carolina Facts



State Location North Carolina Location In The US
State Abbreviation NC
Statehood November 21, 1789
State Capital Raleigh
State Size Total (Land + Water): 53,819 sq miles; Land Only: 48,711 sq miles
Number of Counties 100
State Population (2015)10,042,802
State Population Density206.2 people / square mile
Electoral Votes15
State Quarter Issue Date March 12, 2001
State Motto Esse quam videri (To be, rather than to seem)
State Flower Dogwood
State Tree Pine
State Bird Cardinal
Nickname Tar Heel State
State Flag North Carolina State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.3525 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.45 / Pack
Area Codes 252, 336, 704, 828, 910, 919, 980, 984
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Charlotte (731,424)
Raleigh (403,892)
Greensboro (269,666)
Winston-Salem (229,617)
Durham (228,330)
Major Sports Teams NFL: Carolina Panthers
NBA: Charlotte Hornets
NHL: Carolina Hurricanes




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