Thursday, July 21

Facts about Maryland

Maryland Facts

Learn facts about Maryland for kids.

Have you ever visited Maryland before? You could live there. Whichever it may be, you can discover some cool facts about Maryland here! I love learning cool facts about all of the different states. I would like to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week, we posted facts about Maine. This week, we are posting cool facts about Maryland. You will learn about Maryland's state flag, bird, and other facts. Only 30 more states to go! 

Did you know Maryland was the seventh (7th) state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Maryland officially joined the union on April 28, 1788! Maryland is located in the Northeast (Mid-Atlantic) region of the United States. Maryland is bordered by four (4) states: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Maryland is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Maryland is the forty-second (42nd) largest state in the United States. Maryland is a small state. There are about 6,165,129 people who live in Maryland.


Maryland famous person alert:

Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore, Maryland? He is a famous writer best known for his poetry.

Civil rights leader Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, was born in Baltimore.


Tell us about a famous person who resides in your state.


Facts about Maryland:

1. A few things Maryland is known for are blue crabs, one of the first 13 colonies, and Ocean City’s boardwalk. A few nicknames for Maryland are the Free State, the Old Line State, and Little America. The Maryland state motto is Fatti maschii, parole femine. The motto is an Italian phrase that means strong deeds, gentle words, manly deeds, and womanly words. The Maryland state motto was adopted sometime in 1776. The abbreviation for Maryland is MD.

2. Maryland's capital is Annapolis, which officially became the capital sometime in 1694. In 1694, Annapolis was called Anne Arundel Town. Annapolis has an estimated population of about 39,241 people.

3. The state bird of Maryland is the Baltimore oriole. It was chosen as the state bird in 1947. The Baltimore oriole has a black back, head, and neck area with a bright orange color on its chest and underneath area. It has black wings with streaks of white on them and a black tail. The Baltimore oriole is a magnificent bird.

4. The Maryland official state flower is the Black-eyed Susan. Depending on the type of Black-eyed Susan, it is an annual or perennial flowering plant. The Black-eyed Susan became Maryland’s official state flower on April 18, 1918. The Black-eyed Susan has bright yellow flower petals with a dark brown color center. The Black-eyed Susan is in the daisy family of flowers.

5. Maryland’s state flag was officially adopted on March 9, 1904. Maryland’s state flag is divided into four equal quadrants. The flag features the coat of arms of the Calvert family, which founded Maryland. It has a red and white cross in two of the four quadrants. The flag has gold and black colors that form a cross in the other two quadrants of the flag.

6. Some crops grown in Maryland are corn, cucumbers, hay, pumpkins, soybeans, watermelons, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Maryland are Ocean City in Worcester County, Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, and Assateague Island.

8. Some animals that live in Maryland are bald eagles, beavers, deer, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, and owls.

9. Maryland can get very hot and cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Maryland was 109 degrees Fahrenheit in Cumberland, Maryland, on July 10, 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Maryland was -40 degrees (40 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Oakland, Maryland, on January 13, 1912.


Share a cool fact about Maryland with us?


Remember, a visit to Maryland is complete with indulging in its famous crab cakes made with fresh, succulent crab meat. 

Also, did you know Old Bay seasoning, a beloved spice blend invented in Maryland, adds a unique kick to seafood dishes?


Get your free printable Maryland worksheet here:

Maryland worksheet 

Visit my printables section for a wide selection of worksheets and coloring sheets!



Books about Maryland:

1. Good Night Maryland by Adam Gamble

2. What's Great about Maryland? by Anita Yasuda

3. B is for Blue Crab A Maryland Alphabet by Shirley C. Menendez

4. Maryland Discover Pictures and Facts About Maryland For Kids! by Bold Kids

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states' posts in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Massachusetts! Thank you for reading my post!! “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.”-Dr. Suess

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Mimi is the author of the JOEY SAVES THE DAY! book series and other titles. She loves learning, reading, drawing, and writing. She is a homeschool mother of two children and has two adult children who have already left the nest. 

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