Thursday, October 6

Facts about New Mexico

New Mexico Facts

Learn facts about New Mexico for kids.


Have you ever visited New Mexico? You could live there. Whichever it may be, you can learn some quick facts about New Mexico right here! Keep on reading. I like learning quick facts about all of the different states in the United States. I would like to share some of those quick 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 Jersey. This week, we are posting quick facts about New Mexico. You will learn about New Mexico's state flag, bird, and other facts. Only 19 more states to blog about! 

Did you know New Mexico was the forty-seventh (47th) state to join the union? Yep, that is correct! New Mexico officially joined the union on January 6, 1912! New Mexico is located in the Southwestern region of the United States. New Mexico is bordered by four (4) states: Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona. New Mexico also shares a border with Mexico. New Mexico is the fifth (5th) largest state in the United States. New Mexico is one of the biggest states. There are about 2,115,877 people who live in the state of New Mexico. 



New Mexico famous person alert:

Did you know Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico? He is a famous actor who played a child doctor on the television series Doogie Howser, M.D.


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Quick Facts about New Mexico:

1. New Mexico is known for a few things: the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, beautiful landscapes, and the Roswell incident. A few of the nicknames for New Mexico are the Land of Enchantment, the Spanish State, and the Land of Sunshine. The New Mexico state motto is Crescit eundo. Crescit eundo is a Latin phrase that means, “It Grows as it Goes.” The New Mexico state motto was adopted in 1913. The abbreviation for New Mexico is NM.

2. The capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe. Santa Fe officially became the capital of New Mexico in 1912. Santa Fe has an estimated population of about 84,418 people.

3. The New Mexico state bird is the Greater roadrunner. The Greater Roadrunner was chosen as the state bird for New Mexico in 1949. The Greater Roadrunner has some long legs for a bird. It comes from the cuckoo family of birds. 

4. The New Mexico official state flower is the Yucca. The Yucca is a perennial shrub or tree that grows throughout the state and starts blooming during the early summer months. It is a very beautiful flower!! The yucca became the official state flower in 1927. 

5. New Mexico’s current state flag was officially adopted on March 15, 1925. It has a yellowish-gold background with a red cross on it. The middle of the red cross is a sun symbol. 

6. Some crops grown in New Mexico are Cotton, corn, hay, pecans, peppers, and wheat

7. Some cool places to visit in New Mexico are the Turquoise Trail, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the Bandelier National Monument.

8. Some animals that live in New Mexico are Armadillos, bighorn sheep, black bears, elk, and White-tailed antelope squirrels.

9. New Mexico can get very hot and cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in New Mexico was 122 degrees Fahrenheit in Lakewood, New Mexico, on July 27, 1994. The coldest temperature ever recorded in New Mexico was -50 degrees (50 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Gavilan, New Mexico, on February 1, 1951.



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Facts about New Mexico




Get your free printable New Mexico worksheet here:

New Mexico worksheet

New Mexico worksheet


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Books about New Mexico:

1. New Mexico by Michael Burgan

2. Exploring Countries New Mexico by Colleen Sexton

3. Hello, New Mexico! by Martha Day Zschock

4. All About NEW MEXICO by Bandana Ojha

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