Thursday, October 20

Facts about North Carolina

North Carolina Facts

Learn facts about North Carolina for kids.

Have you ever visited North Carolina? Maybe you have lived there or still do. You can learn some quick facts about North Carolina right here! Keep on reading. I like teaching facts about all of the different states in the United States. I would love to share some of those facts with you! So, every Thursday, I will post quick 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 New York. This week, we are posting quick facts about North Carolina. You will learn about North Carolina's state flag, bird, and other facts. The countdown is on, and there are only 17 more states to blog about! 

Did you know North Carolina was the twelfth (12th) state to join the union? Yep, that is correct! North Carolina officially joined the union on November 21, 1789! North Carolina is located in the Southeastern region of the United States. North Carolina is bordered by four (4) states: Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. North Carolina also borders the Atlantic Ocean. North Carolina is the twenty-eighth (28th) largest state in the United States. North Carolina is one of the biggest states in the country. There are about 10,551,162 people who reside in the state of North Carolina. That is a lot of people.


North Carolina famous person alert:

Did you know that John William Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina? John William Coltrane was a music composer and an American jazz saxophonist. He was also a bandleader. To learn more about John William Coltrane: 


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Quick Facts about North Carolina:

1. A few things North Carolina is known for are being the first state in flight, the beautiful seashores, and the Smoky Mountains. A few of the nicknames for North Carolina are the Land of the Sky State, the Old North State, and the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina state motto is Esse quam videri. Esse quam videri is a Latin phrase that means “To Be, Rather Than To Seem.” The North Carolina state motto was adopted on February 21, 1893. The abbreviation for North Carolina is NC.

2. Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. It officially became the capital in 1792 and has an estimated population of about 469,698 people.

3. The North Carolina state bird is the Northern cardinal. Indiana, Illinois, and a few other states have the Northern Cardinal as their state bird. The Northern Cardinal was chosen as the state bird for North Carolina in 1943. The North Carolina male cardinal is a beautiful bright red color with some black around its beak and on its wings. The female Northern cardinal is light pale brown grayish with light red color on its wings, head, and tail.

4. The North Carolina official state flower is the Flowering dogwood. This perennial tree grows throughout the state and starts blooming in April and early May. They are beautiful trees, especially when the flowers bloom!! The flowering dogwood became the official state flower in 1955.

5. North Carolina’s current state flag was officially adopted on March 9, 1885, but was revamped in 1991. It has a blue, red, and white background with the state seal on it.

6. Some crops grown in North Carolina are cabbage, corn, blueberries, cucumbers, soybeans, sweet potatoes, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit in North Carolina are the Outer Banks, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Chimney Rock State Park.

8. Some animals that live in North Carolina are bats, beavers, coyotes, groundhogs, red foxes, river otters, and squirrels.

9. North Carolina can get very hot and cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in North Carolina was 110 degrees Fahrenheit in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on August 21, 1983. The coldest temperature ever recorded in North Carolina was -34 degrees (34 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Mount Mitchell, North Carolina, on January 21, 1985.



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Facts about North Carolina


Get your free printable North Carolina worksheet here:

 North Carolina worksheet

North Carolina worksheet

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Books about North Carolina:

1. North Carolina: Children's American Local History Book by Bold Kids

2. Celebrating North Carolina by Marion Dane Bauer

3. Night-Night North Carolina by Katherine Sully

4. Exploring the North Carolina Colony by Jessica Gunderson

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Tune in next week to learn some quick facts about North Dakota! Thank you for reading my post!! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

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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 homeschooling mother of two children and has two adult children who have already left the nest.

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