North Carolina Property Mappers Association

North Carolina Facts & Figures

State Population9,535,483 (2010 Census)
State Area52,669 sq. miles
State CapitalRaleigh (established 1792)
State Name OriginFrom Latin "Carolus" in honor of King Charles I of England
State NicknameTar Heel State
State Motto"Esse Quam Videri" ("To Be, Rather Than To Seem")
State SongThe Old North State by Judge William Gaston
State FlowerDogwood
State TreePine
State BirdCardinal
State ShellScotch Bonnet
State FishChannel Bass
State InsectHoney Bee
State ColorsBlue and Red
State ReptileBox Turtle
State StoneEmerald
State BeverageMilk
State RockGranite
State MammalGray Squirrel
State DogPlott Hound

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*Sources: "North Carolina, Facts and Figures", compiled through the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Division and 2010 Census Figures from

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