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North Carolina
( The Tar Heel State / The Old North State )
North Carolina Map North Carolina is the northern portion of the original 1629 land grant made by England's King Charles I, which was named in his honor (Carolus is Latin for Charles). The first European settlement in North Carolina is the famous Lost Colony of Roanoke Island that vanished sometime after 1587. North Carolina joined the Union in 1789 and is the 12th of the original 13 states. One of its major industries is tourism, as many Americans travel to the state to enjoy its beautiful beaches. North Carolina has a long, attractive coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, characterized by many islands, reefs and sand bars. The state stretches westward from the coast across both swampland and fertile tobacco fields. Historic sites, battlefields, old mansions and beautiful gardens attract sightseers and students of American history. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in North Carolina include: Thelonious Monk, Fred Durst, Julianne Moore, Tori Amos,

The Flag of North Carolina
North Carolina state flag Ratified the Constitution on 1789 as the 12th State; flag adopted in 1885. The national colors, a star for Statehood, and the initials of the State are included. The dates are for the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (May 20, 1775) and the Halifax Resolves (April 12, 1776).

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Charlotte, 540,828; Raleigh, 276,093; Greensboro, 223,891; Durham, 187,035; Winston-Salem, 185,776; Fayetteville, 121,015; Cary town, 94,536; High Point, 85,839; Wilmington, 75,838; Asheville, 68,889
Business and Trade in North Carolina
Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, soybeans.

Industries: Poultry and eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, soybeans.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Flower: American Dogwood (cornus florida)
  • Tree: Longleaf Pine (pinus palustris)
  • Song(s): The Old North State
  • Motto: Esse Quam Videri (To Be Rather Than To Seem)

North Carolina Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site - Manteo
Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge - Wadesboro
Blue Ridge Parkway - Asheville
Schiele Museum of Natural History & Lynn Planetarium - Gastonia
North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve - Wilmington
capital  Capital: Raleigh

statehood  Statehood: 1789-11-21

population  Population:
8,049,313 (165.2 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 53,818.51
    Water 5,107.63
    Land 48,710.88
    Rank 29th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In North Carolina, there are 3,523,944 housing units, averaging to 72.3 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Charlotte Magazine
Posters and Artwork
Highway Crossing through a Landscape, Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA
Highway Crossing through a Landscape, Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA
Photographic Print 36" x 12"

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