50 amazing facts about the 50 American states

50 US states
Alabama and the Mardi Gras
Alaska is huge!
Snow in Arizona
Shine on, Arkansas
California is in the money
High in Colorado
Periscope down, Connecticut
Delaware, incorporated
Old Florida
Georgia's biggest city picks a name
Hawaii is an isolated paradise
My own private Idaho
Illinois and Abraham Lincoln
Indiana is the Crossroads of America
Educated Iowa
Kansas is literal Middle America
Dry Kentucky
Louisiana and French roots
Maine is the lobster state
Royal Maryland
Massachusetts First
Michigan and The Great Lakes
Minnesota and The Mall of America
Flower of Mississippi
Missouri is The Show Me State
Montana's Triple Divide
Nebraska's unique unicameral system
Nevada Gold
Revolutionary New Hampshire
Metropolitan New Jersey
Atomic New Mexico
New York loves pizza
North Carolina takes a flight
Friendly North Dakota
Ohio's unique flag
Oklahoma and tornadoes
Ghostly Oregon
Pennsylvania's most famous rodent
Tiny Rhode Island
South Carolina and the hottest pepper
South Dakota is more than Mount Rushmore
Tennessee's many borders
Everything's bigger in Texas
Salty Utah
The Vermont Republic
Virginia is land of Presidents
Flying saucers over Washington
West Virginia remained loyal to the Union
Wisconsin and typewriter
Wyoming made feminist history
50 US states

They say that to know a country is to love a country, so here are 50 fun, interesting, and downright bizarre facts about 50 US states. One for each of them. Did you know any of them before?

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Alabama and the Mardi Gras

Although the Mardi Gras is usually associated with New Orleans and Louisiana, the oldest Carnival celebration in the United States is actually held in Mobile, Alabama since 1699!

Alaska is huge!

The state of Alaska represents 17% of the total land area of the United States, with 663,268 square miles (1,717,856 km2).

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Snow in Arizona

Arizona includes the hottest city in the country (Phoenix) and the Sonora Desert. However, some areas in the state have snowfalls, including the Grand Canyon!

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Shine on, Arkansas

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Clark County, Arkansas, is the only diamond mine in the entirety of the United States.

California is in the money

California has the biggest economy of any other United States. If the state was an independent nation, it would be the fifth-wealthiest country in the world, between India and Germany.

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High in Colorado

Colorado possesses75% of the land area in the United States with an altitude of over 10,000 feet (around 3,000 meters).

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Periscope down, Connecticut

Connecticut is home to the United States Navy Submarine Museum. Among other things, you can visit the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world!

Delaware, incorporated

64% of Fortune 500 firms are registered in Delaware, with the state government celebrating its one-millionth legal entity in 2013. In fact, the state is home to more corporations than people!

Old Florida

Established by Spanish conquistadors in 1565, the town of St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest settlement founded by Europeans in US territory.

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Georgia's biggest city picks a name

Georgia's largest city was named Terminus, Thrasherville, and Marthasville before settling with the name Atlanta.

Hawaii is an isolated paradise

The last state to be admitted to the Union, Hawaii is one of the most isolated population centers on Earth. The US Pacific coast, its closest landmass, is only 2,400 miles (ca. 3,862 kilometers) away!

My own private Idaho

The deepest river gorge in North America is Idaho's Hells Canyon, which is 7,900 ft (2.41 km) deep!

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Illinois and Abraham Lincoln

The home of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, in 1865.

Indiana is the Crossroads of America

Nicknamed the Crossroads of America, Indiana has more miles of interstate highway than any other US state!

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Educated Iowa

Despite its reputation as a rural state, Iowa has the highest literacy rate in the country and is well above the national average for high school graduates.

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Kansas is literal Middle America

Smith County, in northern Kansas, is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous United States.

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Dry Kentucky

Although Kentucky is well known for its bourbon whiskey, over half of its 120 countries restrict or outright prohibit the sale of alcohol.

Louisiana and French roots

Originally a French colony named after Louis XIV, Louisiana is the only state to be divided into parishes (instead of counties) and derive its constitution from the Napoleonic Code.

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Maine is the lobster state

90% of all lobster consumed in the United States comes from Maine, America's easternmost state.

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Royal Maryland

Maryland State Flag is the royal banner of Cecil Colvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, and founder of the Maryland Colony.

Massachusetts First

Massachusetts is home to many American 'firsts', such as the first subway system, the first lighthouse, and the oldest college in the United States: Harvard University.

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Michigan and The Great Lakes

Known as the Great Lakes States State, Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes and has more freshwater than any other of the 49!

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Minnesota and The Mall of America

Minnesota's Mall of America is the size of 78 football fields and big enough to hold over 30 Boeing 747.

Flower of Mississippi

The magnolia is Missippi's state flower and state tree. It's also displayed on the new state flag, adopted in 2020.

Missouri is The Show Me State

St. Louis, Missouri, is the first modern city to host the Olympic Games.

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Montana's Triple Divide

Montana is the only state with a triple divide, allowing water to flow into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Hudson Bay.

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Nebraska's unique unicameral system

Nebraska is the only state in the Union that is unicameral and nonpartisan, meaning that no representative officially belongs to either party.

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Nevada Gold

Not all of Nevada's wealth comes from casinos, the state is the leading gold producer in the United States, representing 78% of all the gold in the United States!

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Revolutionary New Hampshire

One of the original thirteen colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare independence from the British crown.

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Metropolitan New Jersey

New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas, most of them in either New York City or Philadelphia.

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Atomic New Mexico

The world’s first Atomic Bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, at the White Sands Testing Range near Alamogordo. The bomb was developed in Los Alamos, a research facility also located in New Mexico.

New York loves pizza

The first pizza place in the United States opened in New York City in 1905, starting a century-long love affair.

North Carolina takes a flight

The Wright Brothers made the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

Friendly North Dakota

Dakota is a Sioux word meaning “friend” or “ally”.

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Ohio's unique flag

Ohio is the only US state to not have a rectangular state flag, which is shaped like a triangular swallowtail.

Oklahoma and tornadoes

Located in the so-called tornado alley, Oklahoma has more tornadoes per square mile than any other state in the country.

Ghostly Oregon

Oregon has more ghost towns than any other place in the United States.

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Pennsylvania's most famous rodent

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is home to the world-famous, weather forecasting rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, the animal that gives its name to Groundhog Day.

Tiny Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles or 3,144 km2.

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South Carolina and the hottest pepper

Fort Mill, South Carolina, is home to the Carolina Reaper, the hottest pepper in the world!

South Dakota is more than Mount Rushmore

Sturgis, South Dakota is home to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a annual gathering of over 500,000 bikers in a small town in the Black Hills.

Tennessee's many borders

Tennessee ties with Missouri on sharing borders with the largest number of US states. Besides Missouri, The Volunteer State is surrounded by Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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Everything's bigger in Texas

Texas is the state with the largest number of counties: 254. Meanwhile, Delaware has the fewest, with only three.

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Salty Utah

Utah's Great Salt Lake is four times saltier than any of the world's oceans.

The Vermont Republic

Before joining the Union as the 14th state, Vermont was an independent republic for 14 years!

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Virginia is land of Presidents

More Presidents have been born in Virginia than in any other state. Namely, these are William Henry Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, George Washington, and Woodrow Wilson.

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Flying saucers over Washington

Speaking of US Presidents, Washington is the only state to be named after one. Also, weirdly enough, is the US state with the most UFO sightings.

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West Virginia remained loyal to the Union

West Virginia is the only US state created by the presidential proclamation, formed by the pro-Union area of Virginia during the Civil War.

Wisconsin and typewriter

The first commercially-succesful typewriter was invented in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1869.

Wyoming made feminist history

Wyoming was the first US state to grant voting rights to women in 1869 and the first to elect a female governor, in 1925.

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